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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 80

Bhutto dismisses Interpol notices, says ready to face court

[b]Bhutto dismisses Interpol notices, says ready to face court[/b]

By Iqbal Hussain Khan Yousafzai – Reporting from Islamabad

[b]Islamabad, 29 January, ([/b] Former Pakistan Premier and Life Chairperson of the Pakistan People Party Benazir Bhutto has shrugged off Interpol notices for her and her spouse Asif Ali Zardari’s arrest, saying she was ready to return to the country and not hesitant to face any charges in court.

"As far as the red notices are concerned, I learned it from the press, and my lawyers have written to the Ministry of Interior as well as to Interpol, asking them to confirm whether the report is accurate and if so, on what grounds," Benazir, who is staying in the United States now, told a news conference arranged by the Voice of America. "As far as I am concerned, if any court wants me in Pakistan, I am prepared to catch the next plane to Pakistan," said Benazir, who led the country twice in the 1980s and 1990s as its first female prime minister.

Interpol had issued red notices in 110 countries following a request by the government of Pakistan for the arrest of Benazir and her husband on corruption charges, according to Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao. He said the National Accountability Bureau has asked his ministry to send the request for arrest of both to Interpol.

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