Pakistan appeals to Interpol over Musharraf arrest
By Tousif Khan - Tue Feb 21, 5:37 pm
Pakistan is in the final stages of asking Interpol to help arrest former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the murder of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Tuesday.
“We will bring Musharraf back to the country soon with a red notice issued through Interpol,” Malik told lawmakers in the provincial assembly of Bhutto’s home province of Sindh.
“We are in the final phase of doing this,” he said without elaborating.
Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007, while leaving an election rally in Rawalpindi, the headquarters of Pakistan’s army.
Musharraf, who has lived in self-imposed exile in London and Dubai since August 2008, last month indefinitely delayed plans to return home to contest elections after the government warned he would be arrested upon arrival.
Pakistani courts have issued warrants for his arrest over the 2006 death of Akbar Bugti, a Baluch rebel leader in the southwest, and the 2007 assassination of Bhutto, whose widower is Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari.
Malik, who was a close aide of Bhutto, accused Musharraf of refusing to provide her with adequate security and of threatening her by telephone when she was in Washington before returning to Pakistan in October 2007.
“Musharraf threatened her on phone: If you come to Pakistan, you will be responsible for the consequences. If you come to Pakistan before the elections, I will not be responsible for your security,” said Malik.