Arrest warrant issued against Musharraf
After a Pakistani court indicted Musharraf for the assassination of the former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto; it was expected that arrest warrant will follow the same in the near future and that has happened. The non-bailable warrant has been issued in the name of Musharraf, in which he has been asked to be present in the court hearing on 19 February for questioning. Since Musharraf is not in the country living in UK on self exile, it is well understood that he won’t be present in the court on the aforesaid date, we presume. The anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi has issued the arrest warrant of the former President and the Army Chief Parvez Musharraf, according to the report published in the media. He is a suspect in the murder case of Benazir Bhutto in the sense that he knew in advance the plan of Tehreek-e-Taliban for killing Bhutto, yet he did not take any extra measure to save Bhutto from facing the eventuality. The court has brought 11 charges against the former president in the killing of Bhutto, reported the Dawn newspaper. Neither he ordered added security for Bhutto nor did he inform Bhutto about the plot of killing her by the Tehreek-e-Taliban. This is utter a lapse in his thinking as president of the country meaning he deliberately wanted the terrorist group carry out their plan of killing Bhutto. The statement of Rawalpindi Police chief Saud Aziz mentioning that Musharraf ordered to change the security in-charge of Benazir Bhutto and also ordered to wash the murder scene immediately after the killing, which prompted the investigation team to include Musharraf’s name in the list of people responsible for murdering Bhutto. A challan with 12 charges against Musharraf has been submitted by the Federal Investigation Agency, informed JIT Head Khalid Qureshi to the Interior Ministry.
The question that comes to my mind is that why the Pakistan authorities issue the red corner notice and arrest him wherever he is in this world? With limited knowledge on the working of international law on crime, we the common people often become perplexed by seeing criminals get away easily by fleeing to another country. One thing is sure that Musharraf, who was aspiring to come back to his home land Pakistan to join the active politics would not be able to do the same in the near future. He has already formed a new political party in UK, but the current order of the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi smashed his new ambition with a non-bailable warrant.