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Interpol warrant for Musharraf

world Updated: Feb 29, 2012 23:48 IST
Imtiaz Ahmed

The Pakistan government will soon issue a red warrant to Interpol for the arrest of former president Pervez Musharraf on the orders of an Anti-Terrorism court, officials said on Wednesday. The warrant comes after the court order the presence of Musharraf in the assassination case of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Interior minister Rehman Malik told newsmen in Islamabad that the documentation was complete and would be forwarded. Musharraf will be placed on Interpol's most wanted list, claimed Malik.

The warrant states that Musharraf should be brought back to Pakistan in order to carry out proceedings against him in the murder probe.

The documentation submitted by the Federal Investigation Agency to the Interior Ministry include statements of intelligence and police officials into the various lapses that took place in the course of the investigations when Musharraf was president. Earlier this month,

Rehman Malik gave a special briefing to the Sindh provincial assembly, the home province of Ms Bhutto, in which he said that all evidence collected suggests that there were a serious of lapses, in all probability ordered from the top. He vowed to have Musharraf arrested.

A 10-point charge sheet has also been presented by a ruling party senator in the Senate which calls for the arrest and extradition of Musharraf.