London: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has defended himself on social networking site Facebook against an arrest warrant issued by an Islamabad court over his alleged involvement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Benazir was targeted in a gun and bomb attack as she was leaving Liaqat Bagh in Rawalpindi after addressing a public rally on December 27, 2007.
Last Saturday, a Pakistani Anti-Terrorism Court had ordered the former military ruler, who is currently in a self-imposed exile in London, to appear for a hearing on February 19 in the Benazir assassination case. “The fact that one is witnessing opposition trying to build pressure upon myself and other APML [All Pakistan Muslim League] members goes to show that they are afraid of us and our national movement,” The New York Post quoted Musharraf, as writing on his Facebook profile.
“Time to stand up against deception and injustice that has constantly eaten away at our national unity. Pakistan First! PM,” Musharraf added.
His post received more than 571 “likes” and was flooded with messages of support. One woman wrote, “The arrest warrant is such a joke…I hope the days of this govt. are numbered now.” The Facebook comments were Musharraf”s first public statement since his London spokesperson had said on Saturday that the ex-president would not comply with an arrest warrant issued by an Islamabad court over Benazir’s assassination.
“No, he won”t be going back for this hearing,” said Fawad Chaudhry, a spokesman for the APML party, adding that the warrant against Musharraf in this regard was “totally ridiculous.” -ONLINE