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Zardari vows ‘strong opposition’ to any NRO given to his rival

LARKANA: Former President and Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) co-chairperson Asif Ali Zardari on Wednesday said, without citing a name, that his party would strongly oppose a National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO), if it took place to protect a political figure.    Addressing a mammoth of crowd at Garhi Khuda Baksh on 10th death anniversary of Benazir, the former president deplored the dual standard of justice in the country while stating: “We spent 12 years in jail and you attained freedom after spending 12 days in the…

Pervez Musharaf took away security to knock Benazir off, alleges Bilawal

KARACHI: In an interview to a foreign news website, Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Wednesday alleged that former President General (retd) Pervez Musharaf was involved in assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. On 10th death anniversary of his mother, Bilawal said the former military ruler destroyed the evidences from the murder site moments after her assassination. Referring to public meeting at Rawalpindi’s Liaquat National Bagh on Dec 27, 2007, Bilawal said Musharaf…

Dec 2: Bilawal commemorates Benazir Bhutto’s oath as first female PM

KARACHI: This day marks an important political event in Pakistan’s history after Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) leader Benazir Bhutto took an oath to become the country’s first female premier on December 2, 1988. This was stated by PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on his official twitter account on Saturday. “2 December 1988: #PPP elected the world’s youngest PM and the Muslim world’s first female PM,” the former premier’s son tweeted. At time of oath taking, she was the first woman to rise to such high office…

Benazir Bhutto fellowship at Harvard University starts accepting applications

A new fellowship at Harvard University to honour the late Pakistani political leader Benazir Bhutto, member of the Harvard College class of 1973, is now accepting applications. The fellowship, established by ClassACT, an organization created by members of the Harvard-Radcliffe (HR) Class of 1973 who were classmates of the late twice elected Prime Minister of Pakistan, is housed at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). It aims to educate and support mid-career leaders particularly from the Middle East and South Asia.…

LHC to hear govt’s appeal in Benazir Bhutto murder case tomorrow

RAWALPINDI: Lahore High Court will on Monday will hear the appeal filed by the federal government challenging the acquittal five suspects in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. Assistant Attorney General Faisal Raja had on Friday filed the appeal, challenging the verdict as too lenient, and demanding capital punishment for the suspects. The Rawalpindi bench of the LHC has formed a two-member bench comprising Justice Tariq Abbasi and Justice Habibullah Amir to hear the appeal. An anti-terrorism…

‘Musharraf biggest facilitator of Benazir Bhutto’s murder’

DADU: Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari on Saturday said that his party rejects court's decision in Benazir Bhutto murder case as the biggest facilitator of this murder is still at large, ARY News reported on Saturday. "The terrorists who confessed their involvement (in the murder) were acquitted. Policemen were punished for negligence but those who were giving them directions, their superiors are not even named. Musharraf, the biggest facilitator (of this murder) was only declared fugitive and…

Benazir case verdict ‘disappointing and unacceptable’: Bilawal

KARACHI:Pakistan Peoples Party chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has expressed disappointment at the verdict on the assassination of his mother and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Bilawal, in a statement on micro-blogging website Twitter, said that the case decision is disappointing and unacceptable. He said that release of terrorists is not only unjust but also dangerous. He further said that party will explore legal options. SMBB case decision is disappointing & unacceptable. Realse of terrorists not only…

Benazir Bhutto murder case: ATC acquits five suspects, declares Musharraf absconder

RAWALPINDI: After a marathon trial, an anti-terrorism court (ATC) announced the verdict in December 27, 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, declaring former army chief Pervez Musharraf as absconder while acquitting five accused said to be associated with banned outfit over lack of evidence.  The court also ordered confiscation of the movable and immovable property of Musharraf, who was implicated  in the case in February 2011. The five suspects – Rafaqat Hussain, Hasnain Gul, Sher Zaman, Aitzaz…

ATC reserves judgment in Benazir Bhutto murder case

RAWALPINDI: An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesay reserved verdict in the case of the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto after the counsels of the suspects concluded their arguments, ARY News reported. The ATC has been hearing the case for last nine years since Benazir Bhutto was assassinated during a public gathering at  Liaquat Bagh in Rawalpindi. During the court proceedings, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) public prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar presented his arguments and said that then Pakistan…

Benazir Bhutto’s 64th birthday being celebrated today

LARKANA: Former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s 64th birthday is being celebrated today with the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) leaders and supporters arriving at her last abode at Garhi Khuda Bux to offer fateha, ARY News reported. According to the party’s spokesperson, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will cut a cake along with senior party leaders at the Naudero House to mark the iconic leader’s 64th birthday. He is expected to address the gathering of party activists in the evening.…