Pakistan orders arrests of police in Bhutto case

A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of two senior police officers on allegations they failed to provide adequate security for Benazir Bhutto before her 2007 assassination, a prosecutor said.

Pakistan orders arrests of police in Bhutto case

A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of two senior police officers on allegations they failed to provide adequate security for former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto before her 2007 assassination, a prosecutor said on Sunday.

Bhutto's assassination was one of the most shocking events in Pakistan's turbulent history and remains shrouded in mystery.

"The court has issued warrants and these are non-bailable. They can be arrested anytime," special prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali told Reuters.

"I argued that they were responsible for Bhutto's security and they failed to make foolproof security arrangements and they ordered the crime scene to be hosed down despite resistance from other officials."

Court officials were not immediately available for comment.

Ali named the two police officials as Saud Aziz, former police chief of the city of Rawalpindi, where the attack took place, and one of his deputies, Khurram Shahzad.

Bhutto was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack after an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi on Dec. 27, 2007, weeks after she returned to Pakistan after years in self-imposed exile.

Aziz and Shahzad were not immediately available for comment.


Reuters

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