Pakistani authorities have sent a formal request to Interpol to issue a Red Corner Notice for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, currently living outside the country in self-exile.
The move was taken so that he can be arrested and brought back to the country to face trial in connection with the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
The Federal Investigation Agency yesterday sent the request to the Director of Interpol in Pakistan, official sources said today.
FIA Special Prosecutor Mohammad Azhar Chaudhry confirmed to the media that the process to bring Musharraf back to Pakistan had begun.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik last week announced that the government would bring Musharraf back to face trial for his alleged failure to provide security to former premier Benazir Bhutto at the time of her assassination in 2007 despite being aware of threats to her life.
Musharraf has been declared a "proclaimed offender" or fugitive by an anti-terrorism court conducting the trial of seven persons accused of involvement in the assassination.
The court also directed authorities to seize Musharraf's assets and to freeze his bank accounts.
Special Prosecutor Chaudhry said an officer of the FIA's joint investigation team probing the assassination had handed over an application for the Red Corner Notice to Interpol's representative in Pakistan.
After scrutinising the application, the Interpol representative will forward it to Interpol headquarters in France, he said.
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