Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) Rawalpindi has ordered for inclusion of former president Pervez Musharraf in the investigation into Benazir Bhutto assassination case.

Musharraf appeared before the court in relation to the Benazir Bhutto murder case and made three requests including the request to unfreeze his assets and bank accounts.

During the hearing, the court granted him the permission to meet his lawyers and also allowed him a 15-minute meeting with his lawyers inside the court premises.

Further, the court admitted the former president’s request regarding unfreezing of his assets and bank accounts for hearing. It also issued a notice to the FIA in this regard.

Musharraf also objected to being declared wanted by the authorities and the ATC decided to discuss the matter in the next hearing. Musharraf argued that since he had surrendered, he should not be declared “wanted.”

Meanwhile‚ counsel for Pervez Musharraf Ibrahim Satti advocate has said that putting the name of his client on the ECL is the violation of fundamental rights.

He said that his client's mother is ill in Dubai and he wants to go abroad.

Justice Khilji Arif Hussain said if Musharraf wants to proceed abroad he should file an application and a decision will be made in this regard.

The court also directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to complete the investigation process and present the challan on this count before it till May, 3.

Pervez Musharraf has been granted bail till April, 24 in this case. During the previous hearing, ATC Rawalpindi had summoned Pervez Musharraf and other co-accused  in Benazir killing case. Court had already issued final arrest warrant of former president in this case.

On March, 29, Sindh High Court (SHC) had extended preventive bail in respect of Pervez Musharraf in 3 cases including Benazir assassination case and imposed ban on his leaving the country without permission.

Musharraf is facing the charges of not providing desired  security to  Benazir Bhutto, conspiring to kill Nawab Akbar Bugti, proclaiming emergency in the country on November, 3, 2007 and placing 60 judges of superior judiciary including chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry under house arrest following the slapping of emergency order.

Earlier Pervez Musharraf was taken by  a heavy contingent of police from his farmhouse at Islamabad to court at Rawalpindi. All the entry points of the court were closed down causing embarrassment to the citizens.

Meanwhile Unruly lawyers on Tuesday clashed with supporters of the former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf when he appeared before an anti-terrorism court for the Benazir Bhutto murder case.

Anti-Musharraf lawyers came prepared for the hearing holding wooden sticks and raised slogans against the former military ruler before attacking his supporters.

Two people were injured during pitched battles between the rival groups. Chaotic scenes were witnessed outside the court premises as police failed to control the rowdy behavior of lawyers. Anti-Musharraf lawyers also used abusive language against female supporters of the All Pakistan Muslim League.