ISLAMABAD—Pakistan will ask Interpol for help in arresting ex-president Pervez Musharraf for his failure to prevent the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the interior minister said Tuesday.
Rehman Malik said the government was seeking Musharraf’s arrest because he allegedly failed to provide adequate security for Bhutto, who was killed in a gun and suicide bomb attack in 2007.
He made the comments in a televised address to lawmakers in Sindh province, Bhutto’s political stronghold.
Interpol, based in Lyon, France, had no immediate comment.
Musharraf, a one-time U.S. ally, went into self-exile in Britain in 2008 after being forced out of the presidency he secured in a 1999 military coup. The current government is being run by Musharraf’s political rivals, and the president is Bhutto’s widower and political heir.
A Pakistani court issued an arrest warrant for Musharraf last year over the allegations.
Musharraf, an ex-army general who wants to return to Pakistan to contest what will be bitterly contested elections likely this year, said the government was playing politics over the case. Musharraf has repeatedly denied any legal responsibility for the killing.
“This is all politics,” he told ARY television station on Tuesday. “It’s just point scoring and nothing else.”