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Benazir's assassination: Musharraf remanded into custody

The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Tuesday remanded chief of All Pakistan Muslim League (AMPL), former President and army chief Pervez Musharraf into judicial custody for 14 days in Benazir Bhutto assassination case. An ATC judge Habib-ur-Rehman sent Musharraf on a 14-day judicial remand on the expiry of three-day physical remand and ordered police to produce him on the next hearing on May 14.

The FIA did not produce Musharraf before the court due to security reasons. During the course of proceedings, an investigation officer of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told the court that investigations into Benazir Bhutto assassination case had been completed and Musharraf was no longer needed for further investigations and that he should be sent to jail on a judicial remand. The court issued directives to FIA that the former president will be kept at his farmhouse in Chak Shahzad which has already been declared as sub-jail.

Talking to media persons, FIA prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar said Musharraf had been thoroughly investigated and therefore no extension in his physical remand was needed. "Musharraf has been sent to jail due to security concerns and he will be kept in the sub-jail," he said. Barrister Salman Safdar, the counsel for Musharraf, also filed a bail application for the former president, which will be taken up on May 3. Meanwhile, sources said that Ministry of Interior has expressed fear about security of Musharraf after intelligence reports surfaced that militants were planning to kidnap him. The ministry has issued directives to all concerned departments especially Islamabad police that Musharraf should not be taken outside.

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