ATC completes arguments, reserves judgment in Benazir murder case
RAWALPINDI (92 News) – An anti-terrorism court completed arguments and reserved the judgment in the Benazir murder case on Wednesday.
FIA prosecutors Khawaja Imtiaz, Ch Azhar and counsels for the accused presented their arguments. The verdict will be announced soon.
On December 27, 2007, then PPP chairperson Benazir Bhutto was murdered when she was returning home after a meeting in Liaquat Bagh. A suicide attack was also carried out on his convoy. Twenty-two workers were also killed in the tragedy.
The case was registered on the complaint of then SHO Kashif Riaz.
The police, FIA, Scotland Yard and UN teams participated in the investigations. The investigation agencies pointed out 16 accused. Eight accused belonging to the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban were killed in different incidents.
Former President Pervez Musharraf, former CPO Saud Aziz, former SP Khurran Shahzad, Sher Zaman, Husnain Gul, Aitezaz Shah, Rafaqat Hussain and Abdur Rashid are among other accused.
The court has already separated the case of Pervez Musharraf after declaring him a proclaimed offender. Saud Aziz and SP Khurram Shahzad are on bail.
As many as 300 hearings were conducted, while seven judges were transferred into the case. Eight challans were presented. A prosecutor was also murdered in the case. There were 139 witnesses in the case. Sixty-eight accused who recorded their statements were cross-examined.