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Pakistan urged to arrest Musharraf
Sun, 10 Apr 2011 04:32:42 GMT
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Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has asked the government to speed up efforts to arrest former President Pervez Musharraf over the terror case of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

"The Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC) asked the prosecution to expedite execution of arrest warrants for Pervez Musharraf for early completion of the trial," Public Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali told AFP after a hearing on Saturday.

"We produced before the court the government's correspondence with the British Home Office including a copy of a letter saying the warrants are under process in Britain," he added.

ATC has issued a number of arrest warrants against Musharraf, who lives in a self-imposed exile in London. The court summoned a senior Pakistani official last week to explain why officials have failed to issue an arrest warrant for Musharraf.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, who visited Islamabad last Tuesday, highlighted that Musharraf cannot be handed over to Pakistan due to a lack of an extradition treaty between the two countries.

However, he said Britain would "look into any warrant that is produced."

Benazir Bhutto was killed on December 27, 2007 in a shooting, immediately followed by a bombing, shortly after she addressed an election campaign rally in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad.

Musharraf blamed Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan militant group for the assassination.

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