Anti-terrorism court frames charges against seven accused in the assassination case of Benazir Bhutto

On Saturday, the anti-terrorism court of Rawalpindi, Pakistan framed charges against seven accused including two police officers in the assassination case of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The accused pleaded for being not to be guilty when the judge informed them about the charges of murder. However, the judge went ahead with framing the charges and ordered the prosecution to produce witnesses in the court from November 19 onward.

During the in-camera trial held at Adyala Jail, ATC No 1 Judge Shahid Rafique have shown charges against seven accused including former City Police Officer (CCPO) Syed Saud Aziz, SP Rawal Town Khurram Shehzad, Sher Zaman, Aitzaz Shah, Rafaqat Gul, Hussnain Gul and Abdul Rahseed.

The ATC judge charged the two police officers with breach of security because they removed the security box of Benazir Bhutto, ordered the hosing down of crime scene and thus destroyed the proofs in that regard.

Also they did not order post mortem of any innocent citizen killed in the blast. It has also been charged that they were involved in the Benazir Bhutto assassination plan.

While the five others were accused of “criminal conspiracy” for bringing the suicide bomber from the tribal belt in the northwest and keeping him in a house in Rawalpindi.

The charges framed against them by the court include terrorism, murder, attempted murder and becoming part of the murder conspiracy.

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