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Musharraf Declared Fugitive as Pakistan Jails Two Officers in Bhutto Murder Case

Benazir Bhutto, a two-time prime minister, was killed in a gun and bomb attack in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh during an election campaign rally on December 27, 2007.

Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf speaks during a news conference in Dubai, March 23, 2013. Credit:Reuters

Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf speaks during a news conference in Dubai, March 23, 2013. Credit:Reuters

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was declared a proclaimed offender today by a special anti-terrorism court which sentenced two senior police officers to 17 years in jail in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, nearly ten years after her assassination.

Bhutto, a two-time prime minister, was killed in a gun and bomb attack in Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh during an election campaign rally on December 27, 2007. She was 54.

The case was registered soon after the assassination and the trial went through many ups and down until concluded yesterday in Rawalpindi.

Judge Asghar Khan announced the verdict in court, where former Rawalpindi CPO Saud Aziz and former Rawal Town SP Khurram Shahzad out on bail were also present.

Aziz and Shahzad were sentenced to 17 years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of Rs 5 lakh each.

While five others accused have been acquitted, former president Musharraf has been declared a proclaimed offender, along with an order to seize his property.

(PTI)