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ISLAMABAD: It seems former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf has cleared the final hurdle leading to his return to the homeland. He no longer faces the possibility of arrest at the hands of Interpol upon his return, as they have turned down Pakistan’s request for a red warrant against him.
The request was rejected by the Interpol headquarters through a reply to the local authorities who had sought an arrest warrant for Musharraf as a suspect in Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case, it was learned yesterday.
In its reply, Interpol said that the possible arrest of Musharraf seems to be politically motivated. The international agency added that the case filed against Musharraf in Pakistan through Interpol channels constitutes a matter of a predominantly ‘political character’.
This marks the second time the request by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) was rejected by Interpol. Last year, Interpol had rejected the same request due to insufficient documents submitted by local authorities.
Interpol said after having reviewed the general context, relevant information and related documentation and after having applied the “predominance test”, it found the suits against Musharraf “engaged by Pakistan” have a “political character”, even though he is sought for offences of ordinary law and not inherently political ones. “In this political context, it was necessary to pay a particular attention to the quality of the elements provided to characterise the effective participation of Musharraf in the acts he is accused of, and to the effective link between these elements and Benazir Bhutto’s murder,” it said.