Islamabad (Agencies): After former President Pervez Musharraf refused to appear before an anti-terrorism court on charges of failing to provide adequate security to slain former premier Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency will seek his extradition.
 
"We have decided to write to the Home Secretary of the UK for General Musharraf's extradition," an unnamed senior FIA official was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune
newspaper.

The decision was made at a meeting chaired by Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Saturday, the report said.

An anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi on Saturday had issued a warrant for the arrest of  Musharraf after the special prosecutor handling the case alleged that he had not cooperated with the investigation into Bhutto's assassination.

Any extradition request will depend on relevant British laws, said legal expert Salman Akram Raja.

Musharraf's legal advisor Muhammad Ali Saif said there was "no possibility" of the former military ruler appearing in court despite the warrant.

He also challenged the allegations levelled against Musharraf.

The FIA earlier named Musharraf as an "absconder", saying he had failed to cooperate with investigators.

Musharraf was accused of failing to provide adequate security to Bhutto after she returned to Pakistan from self-exile in October 2007.

Bhutto was killed by a suicide attacker in Rawalpindi two months later.

Investigators have also alleged that two police officers, who were recently arrested for negligence in providing security to Bhutto, were acting on Musharraf's instructions.

The prosecution is also dealing with a change of the head of the team investigating Bhutto's killing.

The Interior Minister has appointed FIA Director Wajid Zia as the new head of the team.

Khalid Qureshi, the former head, will join a course at the Lahore Staff College this week.
   
The prosecution has not alleged that there is any direct conspiracy between slain Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud and Musharraf, but it names both as jointly responsible for Bhutto's death.

"Musharraf was equally responsible for facilitation and complicity in the assassination of Ms Benazir Bhutto through failure in providing her the requisite security that her status demanded as a twice-elected premier," said a 57-page report submitted by the prosecution in court.

According to the prosecution, Musharraf was aware of the imminent danger to Bhutto's life but did not take action to prevent her assassination.