Abb Takk News

ATC to Hear Benazir Assassination Case on Daily Basis

Rawalpindi (August 21, 2017) The anti-terrorism court (ATC) will hear Benazir Bhutto murder case on daily basis to compete the trail early.

ATC Judge Mohammad Asghar, who heard Benazir murder case, took the decision of daily hearing of the case.

During the hearing, former Rawalpindi city police officer Saud Aziz and former Rawal SP Khurram Shahzad appeared before the ATC.

Click Play Button To Watch This Video

Federal Investigation Agency Prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar also presented arguments before the court. The prosecutor will complete his arguments in the hearing tomorrow (Tuesday).The assassination came just weeks before general elections in February 2103, marking the first time that a civilian government completed a full-term in office and handed over power to another.

Then president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s government blamed the assassination on then Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud, who denied any involvement and was killed in a US drone attack in 2009.

Eight different judges have headed the Benazir Bhutto murder trial and the prosecution has filed eight separate challans since the proceeding started on February 29, 2008.

The four men — Abdul Rasheed, Aitzaz Shah, Rafaqat Hussain and Hasnain Gul — accused of being involved in the 2007 suicide blast that caused the death of PPP chairperson and 20 other people have also been arrested.When the PPP formed its government in the centre in 2008, the investigation was transferred to the FIA.

The team implicated former president retired General Pervaiz Musharraf and two senior police officers Saud Aziz and Khurram Shahzad as accused in the case in 2010. Later, the court decided to prosecute Musharraf separately as he failed to appear before the court.

A public prosecutor in the case, Chaudhary Zulfiqar, was murdered when he was on his way to appear before the court for a hearing of the same case in 2013.

Related News:

Benazir murder case: Key witness Mark Siegel cross-examined

Benazir murder case: ATC orders Musharraf to record his statement as accused