New Murder Charges Filed Against Ex-Pakistan President Musharraf

Thursday, 05 Sep 2013 08:20 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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New murder charges have been filed against former Pakistani military ruler and President Pervez Musharraf, the BBC reports.
 
Musharraf, who is currently under house arrest, already faces murder charges over the deaths of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and a Baloch tribal leader in a 2006 military operation.
 
He also faces charges over his attempt to oust senior Pakistani judicial officials in 2007, and the government has said it will charge him with treason for suspending the constitution and imposing emergency rule that same year.
 
The latest charge relates to the death of radical cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi during the siege of Islamabad's Red Mosque in 2007. More than 100 people were killed when Pakistani troops stormed the mosque after a standoff between troops and militant Islamists barricaded inside.
 
Musharraf’s political foes have asserted that the storming of the mosque “provoked” Taliban militants to launch a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and other attacks on government and security forces, according to the BBC.
 
Last month Musharraf was formally charged in connection with the 2007 assassination of opposition leader and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
 
It was the first time a current or former-army chief has been charged with a crime in Pakistan. Musharraf has denied all of the charges against him.
 
The former military ruler returned to Pakistan from self-imposed exile earlier this year and is currently under house arrest.
 
Musharraf came to power in 1999 when he ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup. He ruled the country for nine years before being voted out in 2008

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