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Musharraf Indicted In Bhutto's Murder Case



RAWALPINDI - Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former military ruler, was formally indicted Monday on three charges linked to the 2007 assassination of his rival and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

The prosecutor at the Rawalpindi anti-terrorism court said “he was charged with murder, criminal conspiracy for murder and facilitation for murder,” the BBC reported.

Musharraf denies the accusations, and his lawyer dismissed the charges as “baseless.” The case was adjourned until August 27, but Musharraf stays under house arrest at his villa on the edge of the capital Islamabad, according to Al Jazeera.

The former military strongman returned from self-imposed exile earlier this year to campaign for his party during the May general election, but was disqualified from standing because of the allegations against him.

Benazir Bhutto, the daughter of another assassinated Pakistani Prime Minister, was killed during an election rally in Rawalpindi in December 2007 in a gun and bomb attack. Musharraf blamed the assassination on the Pakistani Taliban.

In a country ruled by the military for more than half of its existence, bringing charges against a former military chief is an unprecedented move, analysts say.

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Turkey-Israel Relations? It's Complicated — But The Gaza War Is Different

Turkish President Erdogan has now called on the International Criminal Court to go after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for war crimes, as the clash between the two regional powers has reached a new low.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Elias Kassem

Since the arrival two decades ago of now President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey’s relationship with Israel has been a mix of deep ideological conflict and cover-your-eyes realpolitik.

On the one hand, Erdogan has positioned himself as a kind of global spokesman for the Palestinian cause. His Justice and Development Party has long publicly and financially supported Hamas, which shares similar roots in the 20th-century Muslim Brotherhood movement.

And yet, since 2001 when Erdogan first came to power, trade between Turkey and Israel has multiplied from $1.41 to $8.9 billion in 2022. Moreover, both countries see major potential in transporting newly discovered Israeli natural gas to Europe, via Turkey.

The logic of shared interests clashes with the passions and posturing of high-stakes geopolitics. Diplomatic relations have been cut off, then restored, and since October 7, the countries’ respective ambassadors have been recalled, with accusations flying between Erdogan and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Still, over the past 48 hours, Turkish-Israeli relations may have hit an all-time low.

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