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New murder charge brought against Musharraf

Pakistan police register charges against former ruler over killing of Muslim leader during mosque siege in 2007.

Last Modified: 02 Sep 2013 13:36
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Musharraf already faces murder charges over the deaths of Benazir Bhutto and a Baloch tribal leader [AFP]

New murder charges have been registered against Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with the death of a Muslim leader Abdul Rashid Ghazi during the siege of a mosque in Islamabad in 2007.

Ghazi was one of more than 100 people killed after Pakistani troops stormed the Red Mosque on July 10, 2007.

"The High Court ordered police to register the case earlier as well but their instructions were not followed. Today, the court made Islamabad police officials write the case inside the court room and comply with the orders right there," said Tariq Asad, a lawyer who represented Ghazi in court on Monday.

Police confirmed that the charges had been registered. "We have booked Musharraf under section 302/119 of the law, which deals with murder charges," Qasim Niazi, a senior police official, told AFP.

An anti-terrorism court last month charged Musharraf with the murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, who died in a gun and suicide attack after a political rally in December 2007.

Musharraf also faces murder accusations over the 2006 death of Baluch rebel leader Nawab Akbar Bugti.

Musharraf, who resigned as president in 2008, returned to Pakistan in March. He is currently under house arrest in Islamabad.


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