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BB murder case: Musharraf seeks more time to submit reply

23 March, 2012

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday adjourned hearing of a case pertaining to registration of second FIR into Benazir Bhutto murder case to April on 9 as former military dictator Pervez Musharraf sought more time to file reply.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was hearing the case. Nobody appear before the court on behalf of Interior Minister Rehman Malik and former law minister Babar Awan.

The hearing case a day after Asifa Bhutto and Bakhtawar Bhutto, daughters of Benazir, in their messages posted on twitter accused Musharraf of ordering hosing down of crime scene of BB murder.

They alleged Musharraf was aware of conspiracy regarding the assassination of their mother.

Meanwhile, US writer Mark Segal has said Musharraf had knowledge of BB's murder.

In his article published in a US paper, US writer and friend of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto Mark siegel said that Mushartraf had knowledge of her murder.

He said that those officers facilitated the terrorists who devised the multifaceted elements of the conspiracy, from conception to execution to cover up.

Musharraf's failure to provide security to Bhutto, despite his full knowledge that an assassination would be attempted, all but ensured that the conspiracy would succeed, he said.

According to Siegel, the motive was clear — the elimination of the iconic leader of the country's dominant party, which seemed on the verge of a landslide victory.

He further says Bhutto had believed that Musharraf was complicit in the attempt to take her life in Karachi by not providing her enough security. In fact, his involvement in the Karachi and Rawalpindi attacks was much more direct and insidious.

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