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Bhutto to apply for anticipatory bail: Report

September 29, 2007 16:56 IST

Former Pakistan prime minister Benazir Bhutto has decided to apply for anticipatory bail apprehending her arrest on arrival in Pakistan on October 18.

Bhutto, who went into self-exile in 1998, was sentenced 'in absentia' in three cases by accountability courts of Rawalpindi and Lahore.

Apprehending that the National Accountability Bureau or any other agency may try to confront her with an arrest warrant, Bhutto intends to move the Sindh high court for anticipatory bail, the Dawn daily reported.

Appeals against the sentences are pending before the Lahore high court.

Meanwhile, Bhutto and her family have been allowed to import three bullet-proof vehicles for travel in Pakistan, Deputy Attorney-General Rizwan A Siddiqui informed the Sindh high court on Friday.

Siddiqui told the bench comprising Chief Justice Sabihuddin Ahmed and Justice Faisal Arab that the ministry had allowed import of three bulletproof Toyota Land Cruisers each for Benazir and her sisters-in-law Faryal Talpur and Azra Fazal Pechooho.

Faryal is the covering candidate for the party's presidential candidate Makhdoom Amin Fahim.

Bhutto had stated in the petition that she feared for her and her family's safety once she reached Pakistan, ending her self-exile, and needed the bullet-proof vehicles but the government was not paying heed to her request.

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