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'Interpol notice part of political campaign'

Former Pakistan PM Benazir Bhutto said the notices against her were a part of Musharraf's campaign to discredit her.

india Updated: Jan 27, 2006 19:05 IST

Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto has charged that Interpol's Red Notices against her and her husband Asif Ali Zardari were part of a political campaign by President Pervez Musharraf to discredit her.

The notices told its member countries that the two faced arrest back home on corruption charges.

Accusing the "military regime" of misrepresenting facts to get the Interpol issue Red Notices against her and Zardari, Bhutto said she was not evading arrest and no court in Pakistan had asked for her presence in the 10 cases of corruption booked against her.

"My husband and I have faced these scurrilous, baseless, malicious, and politically motivated charges for the past nine years. And by the grace of God, there's not a single conviction against either my husband or myself for fraud or for corruption," Bhutto told 'Voice of America.'

Bhutto, who is currently here, said the notices were part of Musharraf's political campaign to discredit here.

"As far as I'm concerned, if any court wants me in Pakistan, I am prepared to catch the next plane and go to Pakistan. So it is not an issue of my evading presence in a court.

"But no court in Pakistan to my knowledge has asked me to be present. And I believe that Interpol has not been given the correct facts by the military regime in Pakistan," she said.

Bhutto also said the notices were aimed at diverting the media attention from the recent US air strike targeting Al-Qaeda members at a village close to Afghanistan in which 13 civilians were killed.

First Published: Jan 27, 2006 18:14 IST