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Wanted notice for Benazir Bhutto

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Bhutto: Currently in U.S.

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(CNN) -- Interpol issued international wanted persons notices Thursday for Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan's former prime minister, and her husband.

The international police agency said it issued red notices for Bhutto -- prime minister in the late 1980s and early 1990s -- and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, at the request of Pakistan, where the two are wanted on corruption charges.

Interpol said the notices are not international arrest warrants.

Commenting on the notice, Pakistan's President, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, told CNN's Richard Quest: "The government is not at all involved, it's the national accountability bureau who is doing all this and looking into all the cases."

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he added: "It's a very autonomous body, the National Accountability Bureau and they are taking all these actions

"Basically, there is a case going on in Geneva, a case of money laundering, it's in that connection, and there are several other cases pending in the Pakistani courts, so that is why."

A red notice "is notification that a bona fide arrest warrant exists for an individual suspected of committing a crime, or convicted by a court, in any of Interpol's 184 member countries," according to Interpol.

Last month, Interpol issued a red notice for Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al Qaeda in Iraq at the request of Algeria, which is pursuing the arrest of the insurgent leader "in connection with the kidnapping and murder" in July of two Algerian diplomats in Iraq.

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