PPP pleads court to become party in Benazir murder case
30 August, 2013
RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) on Thursday, through an application, requested the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), Rawalpindi, to become a party to the Benazir Bhutto assassination case.
PPP Secretary General Sardar Latif Khosa filed the petition and asked for documents pertaining to previous proceedings of the murder case of the former prime minister in this regard.
The decision came out at a high-level meeting of the PPP, through a resolution, while it has also directed former Punjab Governor Lateef Khosa to form a team of legal experts to pursue the case. It may be noticed that the top PPP leadership took this decision after completing its five years tenure.
Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi's Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007, while General (retd) Pervez Musharraf was president. She was killed after addressing an election campaign rally in the city. The PPP secretary general has been given the responsibility and authority to appear in the court on behalf of the party.
Latif Khosa, Amir Fida Piracha and other PPP leaders were present in the court on the occasion. The resolution passed in the party meeting has also been attached with the application the PPP filed in the court to become a party to the murder case.
Former prime minister of Pakistan and PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Rawalpindi in December 2007 when terrorists opened fire at her vehicle followed by a bomb blast. The government at the time had stated that banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan was involved in the murder of Benazir.
In previous hearing, Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC), Rawalpindi Judge Chaudhry Habibur Rehman indicted former president, General (R) Pervez Musharraf and six others in the case.