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Musharraf 'to be questioned in Bhutto investigation'

A newspaper in Pakistan has reported that the former president is to be questioned as part of the extended investigation into the death of the former prime minister.

The Pakistan government has decided to formally include the country's former president, Pervez Musharraf, in the extended investigation into the assassination of the former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007, according to reports today.

The country's Dawn newspaper said a joint investigation team of the Federal Investigation Agency has prepared a 32-point questionnaire that will be sent to the former president in the UK soon.

The FIA director, Gen Waseem Ahmed, was quoted saying: "We want to record the statement of everybody who has any connection with the case."

Gen Ahmed said the case would remain open until all supplementary information had been obtained.

According to the paper, when asked what the agency would do if Mr Musharraf did not reply to the questionnaire, Gen Ahmed said: "It's too early to say".

Ms Bhutto was killed on December 27, 2007, when leaving a campaign rally for her party, the PPP, at Liaquat National Bagh where she had been addressing party members.

She had stood up through the sunroof of her bulletproof vehicle when a gunman opened fire and explosions were detonated near the vehicle, killing 20 people.

Ms Bhutto was taken for surgery at Rawalpindi General Hospital but pronounced dead soon after arrival.