Interpol rejects Pakistan's request to arrest Musharraf upon return to country

Islamabad, Mar. 21 : Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has cleared the final hurdle leading to his return to the country after almost five years of self-imposed exile, as the Interpol has turned down Pakistan's request for a red warrant against him.

The request was rejected by the Interpol headquarters through a reply to authorities in Pakistan who had sought an arrest warrant for Musharraf as a suspect in Benazir Bhutto's assassination case, reports The Express Tribune.

Interpol said that the possible arrest of Musharraf seems to be "politically motivated".

This marks the second time the request by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was rejected by Interpol. Last year, Interpol had rejected the same request due to insufficient documents submitted by local authorities.

The ATC had issued the arrest warrant for Musharraf last year in light of FIA's challan in the case of the suicide attack on Benazir in 2007, due to Musharraf's continued absence from the court proceedings.

On March 19, Musharraf requested that the government provide him security upon his return, with his party representatives claiming that he will contest elections either from Karachi or Chitral.

--ANI (Posted on 21-03-2013)

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