RAWALPINDI: The Anti-terrorism courtroom on Thursday acquitted all the five accused arrested in Benazir Bhutto murder case, declared former army dictator Pervez Musharraf absconder and sentenced former Rawalpindi CPO Saud Aziz and previous Rawal Town SP Khurram Shahzad for 17 years each and every.
Both the police officers have been arrested from the court.
In November 2008, an ATC indicted Aitzaz Shah, Sher Zaman, Abdul Rasheed, Rafaqat Hussain and Hasnain Gul for killing, hatching legal conspiracy to kill, abetting the perpetrators, the use of unlawful explosive subject matter and spreading terrorism on 27 Dec 2007 when 22 folks, together with former top minister, have been killed in a gun-and-bomb assault out of doors Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh, when she used to be leaving after attending an election rally.
As the defence and prosecution finished their arguments right here on Wednesday, the Anti-Terrorist Court (ATC), Rawalpindi, Judge Muhammad Asghar Khan reserved its verdict in Benazir Bhutto murder case, which used to be introduced these days.
The verdict in the case which has been happening for the previous 9 years is predicted to be introduced on Thursday (nowadays) in this regard.
Benazir Bhutto, who used to be the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and a two-time top minister of Pakistan, used to be assassinated in a suicide assault at an election marketing campaign rally at Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007.
During Wednesday’s listening to, accused Aitzaz Shah’s suggest, Naseer Tanoli gave his arguments and stated that investigation by the FIA is full of flaws, including accused in the case weren’t even requested why they have been arrested.
Giving arguments, the suggest stated that Aitzaz Shah used to be declared a suicide attacker whilst the seminary management used to be now not interrogated from the place he were given coaching. Tanoli additionally stated that Ismail, who used to be declared an operator in investigation and had taped Baitullah Mahsood’s name, had fled from the courtroom.
The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar, in his arguments, stated that assault used to be performed from out of doors of the automobile and now not from inside of, so why interrogated the ones who have been in the automobile. He additionally stated there are flaws in the dates of arrest of the accused on a part of police and now not FIA.
An FIR used to be registered over the incident on behalf of the state, following which the murder trial of five suspects started in February 2008. But when the PPP gained the overall elections in 2008, the investigation used to be passed over to the FIA.
During Wednesday’s listening to, FIA Public Prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar additionally stated that PPP chief Babar Awan used to be in Bhutto’s backup automobile, which used to be beneath the regulate of birthday celebration chief Farhatullah Babar and added that once the investigation used to be passed over to the FIA, the automobile used to be recovered from Zardari House in Islamabad.
He additionally stated that former President Pervez Musharraf had excused himself from showing sooner than the courtroom bringing up dying threats towards his lifestyles from al-Qaeda. “Of the 121 witnesses, handiest statements of 68 have been recorded,” he knowledgeable the courtroom additional.
While suspects Husnain Gul and Rafaqat’s suggest Jawad Khalid advised the courtroom that the statements won from his shoppers grasp Musharraf, amongst others, chargeable for the crime. He additionally claimed that there is not any forged resistant to his shoppers and there’s a warfare between investigating officials’ statements and the guns recovered from the crime scene. “This raises suspicion,” he remarked, including that the courtroom will have to show mercy against the blameless and highlighted that “the actual culprits don’t seem to be being punished for the crime.”
FIA Prosecutor Khawaja Asif has accredited that there is not any report of the suspects in the DNA record. He additionally claimed that “Bhutto used to be focused for deviating from US coverage” and added that there have been no explosives at the suicide jacket that the suspects had submitted for DNA checking out. Moreover, the suspect’s DNA document has now not been submitted to the courtroom, he stated.
On the opposite hand, the suggest for the opposite two suspects, former Rawalpindi CPO Saud Aziz and previous Rawal Town SP Khurram Shahzad, stated that no one can prevent a suicide attacker, however it may be investigated who facilitated the attacker.
Both Saud Aziz and Khurram Shahzad are on bail nowadays. The suggest identified that the statements of the ones injured in the assault have now not but been recorded, and the autopsy of the our bodies used to be now not finished.
The courtroom used to be additionally knowledgeable that out of the 3 cellular SIMs that have been seized, two weren’t registered in any citizen’s identify whilst the 3rd SIM’s possession used to be now not investigated.
Former President Pervez Musharraf could also be a suspect in the case, who has remained an absconder because the starting. A separate case used to be filed towards his steady absence, the trial for which is but to start.
Meanwhile after the listening to, speaking to media individuals FIA Prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar stated that police had submitted 4 challans whilst 3 were submitted by the FIA in BB murder case.
Chaudhry Azhar stated in line with anti-terrorist clause, it used to be duty of the investigation officer to cordon off the crime scene. He additionally stated the FIR used to be registered at eight:20pm whilst the crime scene were washed two hours prior to registering of the FIR.
He stated there’s enough proof towards the accused, including Saud Aziz used to be a facilitator of the crime as he didn’t supply safety to Benazir Bhutto at the moment.
The prosecutor stated there have been 121 witnesses in the case, whilst the statements of most effective 68 other folks have been recorded except for the observation of motive force Abdul Rehman.
The suggest for Saud Aziz Raja speaking to media individuals stated that accomplishing postmortem of the BB used to be now not the duty of former CPO, including Zardari had now not allowed him to hold out postmortem of the BB.
He stated that prosecution had now not informed the courtroom why the crime scene were washed. Saud had informed BB to not pop out from the automobile, he added.
FIA Prosecutor Khawaja Imtiaz, speaking to media individuals, stated that former president Pervez Musharraf used to be excluded from the trial by the courtroom as he used to be now not provide in the rustic. He advised after recording the statements of 68 witnesses, forensic stories and 4 challans, neither prosecution nor the accused have the appropriate to problem it as the case has reached its logical finish.