New Charges Laid Against Pakistan Ex-Leader Musharraf
Islamabad – New murder charges have been registered against Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, officials say. Mr Musharraf, who is currently under house arrest, already faces murder charges over the deaths of Benazir Bhutto and a Baloch tribal leader. He also faces charges over his attempt to sack Pakistan’s higher judiciary in 2007 and the government has said it will try him for treason.
Mr Musharraf says that all the cases against him are politically motivated. 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 stand-off between troops and hardline Islamists barricaded inside failed. (BBC)