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Musharraf's threatening call to Bezir could not be traced'

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  7 May 2016 12:00 AM GMT

Islamabad, May 6: The head of the joint investigation team probing former Pakistan prime minister Bezir Bhutto’s assassition said on Thursday that the team could not trace the threatening call allegedly made by then president Pervez Musharraf to Bhutto. Mohammad Khalid Qureshi, the JIT chief, was the last prosecution witness in the high-profile assassition case, Dawn online reported.

During cross-examition by Barrister Farogh sim, counsel for Musharraf, in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) at Rawalpindi, Qureshi admitted that JIT could not trace the call.

However, Qureshi expressed the possibility that Musharraf might have made the call from any of his official phones. The prosecution case was based on a threatening call which Musharraf allegedly made to Bhutto while she was at the office of US Congressman Tom Lantos.

According to the prosecution, US lobbyist Mark Siegel claimed that on September 25, 2007, in his presence at the office of Congressman Lantos in Washington, Bhutto received a telephone call which she later described as “a very bad call” from Musharraf.

The statement said the former military ruler had warned Bhutto that “her safety depends on the state of their [Musharraf and Bezir’s] relationship”.

According to Siegel, Bhutto sent him an email on October 26, 2007, in which she expressed her sense of insecurity. Bhutto said that if something happened to her, she would hold the military ruler responsible, apart from the individuals mentioned in her letter to Musharraf on October 16, 2007.

During the cross-examition, Barrister sim asked Qureshi whether he submitted any forensic report of the email to the court. (IANS)

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