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PPP Challenges Acquittal of Accused in BB Murder Case

Rawalpindi (September 18, 2017): Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) on  Monday challenged the anti-terrorism court verdict acquitting five accused in Benazir murder case in Lahore High Court.

PPP lawyer Latif Khosa filed three applications in Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench against the acquittal of accused in Benazir murder case.

On August 31, the ATC cleared five accused in the case, sentenced two former police officials to jail and declared former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf an absconder.Speaking to the media outside the court, Khosa, who was also a counsel in the case, said Benazir had repeatedly stated that Musharraf was not providing her security.

Khosa, accompanied by senior party leaders Sherry Rehman and Nayyar Bukhari, among others, claimed Musharraf did not even let Benazir keep her own private security.

“She had said that Musharraf would be directly responsible in case anything happened to her,” reiterated Khosa.He also claimed that Musharraf got Saud Aziz, one of the two police officials punished in the case, posted as the Rawalpindi city police officer to ensure his role in the assassination. He accused Aziz of ordering the removal of a security cordon around Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007 so Benazir could be easily killed.

Khosa explained that they have filed three appeals: one challenges the order separating Musharraf’s trial from the case, the other is against the ‘lenient’ sentences against the police officers and the last against the suspected militants exonerated in the case.On September 11, the LHC’s Rawalpindi bench accepted for hearing appeals submitted by the two policemen convicted in the case.

Saud Aziz and Khurram Shahzad were sentenced to 17 years each and ordered to pay a fine of Rs0.5 million each for their negligence in investigating the case properly. Shahzad was SP Rawal Town at the time of the incident.Bhutto, the PPP chief and two-time former prime minister, was assassinated in a suicide attack at an election campaign rally in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007.

An FIR over the incident was registered on behalf of the state following which the murder trial of five suspects began in February of 2008. However, once PPP won the 2008 elections, the investigation was handed over to the FIA.

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