Rehman Malik’s testimony in Benazir Bhutto murder case unnecessary: ATC
RAWALPINDI, Feb 15 (INP): An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) here on Monday declared the testimony of former Interior Minister Rehman Malik as unnecessary and summoned Assistant Director Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Shoaib Ahmed in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.
According to the prosecution, Rehman Malik testified before the court that former President Gen ® Pervez Musharraf had told former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto that her future was dependent on her rapport with him. He claimed to have written several letters to Musharraf requesting him to provide appropriate security to Benazir Bhutto but to no avail.
Rehman Malik once again did not appear in the court despite the ATC’s order during the previous hearing for his appearance in the next hearing.
During the hearing, the ATC judge termed the statement of former interior minister unnecessary and adjourned the case till February 22.
On Feb 10, Rehman Malik had failed to appear in the court for hearing. The court was informed that Malik could not attend the proceedings as he was in the Senate session.
The court ordered the Pakistan People’s Party Senator to appear before it on Monday, but he again did not turn up.
Rehman Malik was in-charge of Benazir Bhutto’s security when she was assassinated on December 27, 2007 at Liaquat Bagh, Rawalpindi after addressing a massive public rally.
The former interior minister is also one of the prime witnesses against ex-President Pervez Musharraf in the case.