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Pakistan Re-Issues Arrest Warrant for Musharraf

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf (file photo)
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf (file photo)

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court reissued an arrest warrant Saturday for former President Pervez Musharraf in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

The prosecutor in the case, Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, said the warrant issued last week could not be served on Mr. Musharraf because he no longer lives in Pakistan.

The court has directed its officials to serve the warrant on the former president in London, where he has been living in self-imposed exile since he stepped down in 2008.

The hearing on the case has been adjourned until March 5.

Mr. Musharraf has repeatedly denied accusations that he was involved in the killing of Ms. Bhutto, or that he did not do enough to protect her.

Ms. Bhutto, an opponent of Mr. Musharraf, was assassinated in a gun and suicide bomb attack on December 27, 2007, while campaigning in the city of Rawalpindi. She was running as leader of the opposition Pakistan People's Party in national elections.

Ms. Bhutto's widower, Ali Zardari, led the Pakistan People's Party to victory, and is now president.

A United Nations investigation into Ms. Bhutto's killing criticized Pakistani authorities for mishandling and impeding the probe into her death. The U.N. report also identified the Pakistani military establishment as a threat to the former prime minister.

Two senior Pakistani police officers were arrested in December on charges that they failed to provide adequate protection for Ms. Bhutto.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.