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Interpol says it won't arrest Musharraf

Interpol says it won
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Pakistan's request turned down for second time He cleared first hurdle in his plans to return home The 69-year-old former president, who went...

  • Pakistan's request turned down for second time
  • He cleared first hurdle in his plans to return home
The 69-year-old former president, who went into self-exile in early 2009, said that he intends to return to Pakistan on March 24 interpolIslamabad (PTI): Terming it as 'politically motivated', the Interpol has rejected Pakistan's request to issue a Red Corner Notice against former Pak military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with Benazir Bhutto's assassination case, days ahead of his home coming from self-exile. Musharraf has cleared the final hurdle to his plans to return to Pakistan as he no longer faces the possibility of arrest at the hands of the Interpol, The Express Tribune quoted its sources as saying. The 69-year-old former president, who went into self-exile in early 2009, said that he intends to return to Pakistan on March 24 to lead his party All Pakistan Muslim League in the upcoming polls. Islamabad's request to issue a Red Corner Notice for Musharraf was rejected by the Interpol headquarters in a reply sent to Pakistani authorities, who had sought an arrest warrant for him as a suspect in Bhutto's assassination. In its reply, Interpol said that the possible arrest of Musharraf seems to be 'politically motivated'. The agency said that the case filed against Musharraf in Pakistan through Interpol channels constitutes a matter of a predominantly political character. This is the second time that a request from the Federal Investigation Agency is rejected by Interpol. Last year, Interpol rejected the same request due to insufficient documents submitted by Pakistani authorities. In response, Pakistani authorities sent a second request to the Interpol director with investigation reports. The anti-terrorism court had declared Musharraf a fugitive and issued arrest warrants for him after he refused to cooperate with investigators probing Bhutto's assassination.
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