Islamabad: Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been indicted by an anti-terrorism court in the 2007 assassination of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto. State prosecutor Chaudhry Muhammad Azhar said, Musharraf was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and facilitation of murder.
The 70-year-old former president, who has been under house arrest for last four months, was brought under heavy security to the anti-terrorism court of judge Habibur Rehman in Rawalpindi.
If convicted, Musharraf can be sentenced to death or life mprisonment. The court has fixed next hearing on August 28 and the former president will now face the trial in the case.
The information Secretary of Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League, Aasia Ishaq, told PTI that Musharraf denied the allegation today in the court and his legal team will continue to defend him in the case in which he has been falsely implicated.
Bhutto was killed in suicide attack in 2007 in Rawalpindi when Musharraf was president of the country. Musharraf had blamed her killing on Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, who denied any involvement. Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike in 2009.