Musharraf’s bail approved in BB murder case


The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Monday approved the bail of former president Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.
The former president has been ordered to submit two surety bonds worth Rs 1 million each.
Earlier, the ATC reserved its verdict in the case.
Musharraf’s bail plea was heard by ATC judge Habibur Rehman. During the hearing, Musharraf’s counsel Salman Safdar said his client could not be held responsible for not carrying out Benazir Bhutto’s autopsy as it was Asif Zardari who had decided not to do it.
Musharraf’s counsel argued that it was the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) that had held the former president responsible for Benazir’s death, adding that investigation of Benazir’s murder was not the FIA’s mandate.
Safdar also questioned why former Punjab CM Pervaiz Elahi, former IB chief Ejaz Shah and Hamid Gul were not part of the investigation even though Benazir Bhutto had told American journalist Mark Siegel that they should be held responsible for her death if something happened to her. Safdar said the court should be told who was responsible for plotting to kill Benazir Bhutto.
Meanwhile, FIA Prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar said if Musharraf’s bail plea was accepted he would flee from the country.