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Bhutto's children, party disappointed by verdict on her murder 

The children of Pakistan's assassinated prime minister Benazir Bhutto today voiced their disappointment over the verdict by an anti-terrorism court, saying there would be no justice.

Published: 31st August 2017 09:00 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st August 2017 09:00 PM   |  A+A-

Born this day in 1953, Benazir Bhutto went on to become the 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan and the leader of the centre-left Pakistan Peoples Party. She was the first woman in the world to be elected to head a Muslim majority nation. (File photo)

By PTI

ISLAMABAD: The children of Pakistan's assassinated prime minister Benazir Bhutto today voiced their disappointment over the verdict by an anti-terrorism court, saying there would be no justice until "Pervez Musharraf answers for his crimes".

The anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi sentenced two former police officers to 17 years in prison for failing to protect Bhutto, but the same court acquitted five suspected Pakistani Taliban militants who had confessed to taking part in her 2007 assassination.

Benazir, 54, was killed in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi's Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007 when Musharraf was president of Pakistan.

The court also declared former dictator and army chief Gen Pervez Musharraf an absconder in the case and ordered seizure of his property.

A joint investigation team had implicated Musharraf in the case, saying that his government did not provide adequate security to the former prime minister despite her repeated requests.

Musharraf, 74, has been living in Dubai since last year when he was allowed to leave Pakistan on pretext of medical treatment.

Pakistan Peoples Party Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that the "decision is disappointing and unacceptable", adding that the party would explore legal options.

Aseefa Bhutto-Zardari, the youngest of the siblings, said that "they were still awaiting justice".

In another tweet, she said that there would be no justice until "Pervez Musharraf answers for his crimes".

Sharing her sister's sentiments, Bakhtawar Bhutto-Zardari also expressed displeasure with the verdict, saying "police men arrested but actual terrorists acquitted #Shame".

Farhatullah Babar, the spokesman for PPP, expressed "disappointment and shock"over the verdict, saying "justice has not been done."

Babar said the acquittal of the suspected militants "seems a triumph of al-Qaida." He said that while the court convicted the two officers, it did not determine who had ordered them to destroy evidence.



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