Benazir murder case verdict, Zardari to appeal & Pervez the fugitive

Pakistan’s former president Asif Ali Zardari said today he will appeal against the judgment in the 2007 Benazir Bhutto murder case. Zardari was quoted as saying by Pak news channels in Nawabshah in Sindh Province after offering Eid prayers.“We are not satisfied with the verdict, we will appeal against it,” he said.

He said that he was not satisfied with the verdict that acquitted five Pakistani Taliban suspects. The anti-terrorism court, ATC, this week acquitted five Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan suspects due to lack of evidence in the case.

The court however, sentenced two senior police officers to 17 years in jail and declared former dictator Pervez Musharraf a fugitive and ordered authorities to seize his properties.

A joint investigation team had implicated Musharraf in the case, saying his government did not provide adequate security to Bhutto during the rally despite her repeated
requests.

Bhutto, the Pakistan Peoples 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 27th December 2007. She was 54.

PPP earlier this week rejected the Anti-Terrorism Court’s (ATC) decision in the Benazir murder case as “disappointing” and said that it will explore legal options to challenge the decision.

A meeting presided by party chairman Zardari held consultations on the verdict and expressed shock and disappointment at the decision.

The party in a statement said that justice was not done in the case, adding that acquittal of Al-Qaeda and Taliban suspects despite evidence is shocking and apparently a victory for the Al-Qaeda militants.

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