FIA chal­lenges ATC’s ver­dict in Be­nazir mur­der case

Khaleej Times - - PAKISTAN -

is­lam­abad — Pak­istan’s premier in­ves­ti­ga­tion agency on Fri­day chal­lenged the ver­dict of an anti-ter­ror­ism court in the mur­der case of for­mer prime min­is­ter Be­nazir Bhutto, ar­gu­ing that the two con­victed po­lice­men as well as the five men ac­quit­ted of all charges de­serve cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment.

On Au­gust 31, an anti-ter­ror­ism court sen­tenced two se­nior po­lice of­fi­cers to 17 years in jail in the Bhutto mur­der case, nearly 10 years af­ter her as­sas­si­na­tion.

The court also de­clared for­mer dic­ta­tor Pervez Mushar­raf a fugi­tive and or­dered seizure of his prop­erty. The court also ac­quit­ted five Tehreek-i-Tale­ban Pak­istan sus­pects.

The Fed­eral In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (FIA) moved the La­hore High Court (LHC) against the anti-ter­ror­ism court’s (ATC) de­ci­sion.

The de­ci­sion to de­clare five sus­pects in­no­cent had in­vited crit­i­cism from var­i­ous quar­ters, in­clud­ing the fam­ily of Bhutto.

Bhutto, the Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party chief and a two-time prime min­is­ter, was killed along with more than 20 peo­ple in a gun and bomb at­tack in Rawalpindi’s Li­aquat Bagh dur­ing an elec­tion cam­paign rally on De­cem­ber 27, 2007. She was 54.

Ac­cord­ing to court of­fi­cials, the FIA filed two pe­ti­tions with the Rawalpindi bench of LHC. The first one ar­gues that for­mer city po­lice of­fi­cer Saud Aziz and for­mer su­per­in­ten­dent of po­lice Khur­rum Shahzad were not pun­ished un­der the ter­ror­ism charges and the FIA de­manded cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment for them. — PTI

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