Pervez Musharraf appeared in Sindh High Court on March 22 to obtain bail extension amidst angry protesters chanting slogans against him. In this picture, one protester threw a shoe at the former president. —Photo by DawnNews
Pervez Musharraf appeared in Sindh High Court on March 29 to obtain bail extension amidst angry protesters chanting slogans against him. In this picture, one protester threw a shoe at the President.—Photo by DawnNews

KARACHI: Former President Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf got at least two more weeks of relief on Friday when the Sindh High Court extended his bail in three separate cases.

However, the court restrained the ex-military ruler from leaving Pakistan without permission.

Angry lawyers protested and chanted slogans against Musharraf when he appeared in court, and one of them threw a shoe at the ex-dictator as he walked to a court room to extend his bail.

A group of around 20 lawyers had gathered to protest against the former military ruler at the Sindh High Court building, shouting “he’s a dictator and he should be hanged” before one of them hurled the shoe, witnesses said.

The shoe did not hit Musharraf, TV footage showed. Witnesses said the perpetrator was taken away by plain-clothed security officials.

Musharraf, who has returned to the country after four year of self-imposed exile to contest general elections, has been implicated in three high-profile cases in which he was facing arrest warrants.

A single-bench of the SHC comprising of Chief Justice Mushir Alam extended Musharraf’s transitory bail for 15 days in the case of ‘illegal confinement’ of 62 judges after he declared a state of emergency in the country on November 3, 2007

Separately, a divisional bench of the court headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah granted bail extension for 21 days to Musharraf in the other two cases in which he was facing non-bailable arrest warrants.

The cases are the murder of former governor and chief minister of Balochistan Nawab Akbar Bugti in August 2007 and the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in a gun-and-bomb attack in Rawalpindi in December 2007.

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March 29, 2013 9:22 pm
Dear Sir, I am not going to defend or oppose, but would like to highlight this that He ( Pervez Musharaf) may have done some wrong moves and taken some wrong decisions. But the question of Red Mosque is inadequate... Why did they have arms in the place of worship.... dont you find something fishy about that.... if he did take action their, that means it was needed there. I dont agree on his acts in any lives he may be responsible for, but do aprove of his deligence, and prompt stand up in the face of very harsh and tobulent times when the war was immenent to defend our Pakistan and its freedom and security.
March 29, 2013 8:03 pm
It is unbelievable that Pakistani Lawyers will stoop to the gangster activity (or in Urdu Ghunda Harkat) and some of them will become judges and even Chief Justice in Pakistan. Just wondering if Pakistan will ever change or gain respect by world communities. Yes it can. If Pakistanis allow leaders like Musharraf and others who are determined to bring about changes in Pakistan.
March 29, 2013 7:44 pm
So these thumbs down were given by those uneducated lawyers who have taken part in chanting slogans and throwing shoes?
March 29, 2013 2:18 pm
I couldn't put better than this
March 29, 2013 7:42 pm
Musharaf now has my votes., I was going to vote for PML-N but not any more!!!!
March 29, 2013 7:41 pm
Dear Ahmad. It is beyond your intelligence and that of millions of people like you in Pakistan to understand what is good for Pakistan and what Musharraf has done for Pakistan. It is because the vast majority of people in Pakistan are like you, this country is no longer the country Jinnah created. It is next to Banana Republic. May Allah save Musharraf and leaders like him who can change Pakistan.
March 29, 2013 2:08 pm
These are the same folk who threw petal to a murderer and killer of governor of Punjab. What a shame
March 29, 2013 7:05 pm
Can we please have a suo moto for the shoe throwing antic.
March 29, 2013 7:22 pm
deserves respect to either go out of country respectfully... or just face all allegations...why return after 5 years ? just for getting another chance at politics.. or following another order from american boss...
March 29, 2013 7:26 pm
Dear Muhammad, PPP came in to the power b/c of that NRO Musharraf signed.
Cyrus Howell
March 29, 2013 1:40 pm
He should have been held in contempt of court. Apparently the judge is not a Musharraf fan.
Muhammad Farooq
March 30, 2013 2:26 am
He made another Himalyian mistake by returning to the scene of the crime. A former military dictator should not have been allowed to cast his ominious shadow on the electoral process. Please put him on ECL if already not done so and the brunt is on him to prove himself innocent in the court of law.
March 29, 2013 6:43 pm
The most disgusting and shameful act was the way DAWN TV displayed this tragic deed with an Indian song playing at the back ground. They just forgot that this liberty or freedom of media was due to the mercy of Musharraf. Indian song playing at the background must have pleased Indians.
March 29, 2013 6:15 pm
Its too bad the young person did not own any eggs. General Saab, can you understand that your tenure did not do anything for us?
baqar haan
March 29, 2013 5:11 pm
Musharraf though being a dictator is and was much better than our crooked politicians. The list of the Most Wanted Crooks include Nawaz Sharif, Zardari, and others who have looted and plundered the country. Their bank accounts should be frozen and given to poor and needy!
Cyrus Howell
March 29, 2013 1:37 pm
They should be working to protect the Hazara, doing something worthwhile. They are like a bunch of schoolboys instead.
Cyrus Howell
March 29, 2013 1:34 pm
Shoe throwing can become an elective subject for college undergraduates. In future it may become a summer Olympic sport, who knows.
Cyrus Howell
March 29, 2013 1:15 pm
He expected a heroes' welcome.
March 30, 2013 1:50 am
The Law has to take its due course as everybody deserve a fair trial and due course of law including Musharraf who arrested judges as per Dawn story during so called emergency just like what Indira Gandhi did but worse he took democracy away from Pakistan.It is ironic he back to contest elections he should have never been allowed to leave Pakistan.
Azhar Zaidi
March 29, 2013 6:01 pm
Some people show their class anyway. These are the people who showered flowers at the killer of Punjab governor. So, what do you expect!
March 29, 2013 2:42 pm
I am sure they are the same lawyers who danced and threw flowers at the killer of Salman Taseer
Yasser Haider
March 30, 2013 1:00 am
The general population of Pakistan need to realise who would do good for them in the future. I like Imran Khan.. and he would not do bad for Pakistan but he is not the man for the job.. the mess Pakistan is in at the moment. The population of Pakistan NEEDS someone like Musharraf to save them from becoming the most unsafe country in the world (its not far from there at the moment) Hopefully the people of Pakistan realise this soon or else.. like Musharraf says.. Allah hi hafiz hai Pakistan ka..
March 29, 2013 8:51 pm
Zardari and Sharif brothers can go scot free for destroying Pakistan, while Musharraf, who has done something for this country without becoming a billionaire has a shoe thrown at him. Whawaa Pakistanis!!
March 29, 2013 8:02 pm
Lets talk more about the show-thrower... Sounds like a party animal eh?
Cyrus Howell
March 29, 2013 1:20 pm
"Get him." "There he goes. The guy with one shoe."
Khawar Khyam
March 29, 2013 1:16 pm
I cannot believe he came back to face the court. He must be having some kind of agreement with big bosses. He is again going to be used for some nefarious scheme of USA.
Imraan Mehmood
March 29, 2013 5:13 pm
I hope you are not one of them !!!
March 29, 2013 5:08 pm
"Dictator". only this person has done wonders for Pakistan. What human rights are upheld now. there have been bombings and the situation in Balochistan has worsened. People are bring killed like poultry. TIll now, how many corruption cases have been brought up against this "dictator". the democratic rulers are all corrupt, they amass wealth and stash away away from homeland. their kids get educate in foreign lands, and back home they preach patriotism. "democratic" and family politicals do not like the "dictator" becuase they went "hungry" under his rule. It will take a couple of more generations, with good education for our gullible people to understand this.
March 29, 2013 4:49 pm
I totally agree. Even today I vividly remeber the acts of vadalism by the enlightened urban lawyers that lead to the departure of Field Marshal Ayub Khan and began the era of nightmares in the name of democracy. I sincerely hope that today's young impressionable and idealistic lawyers can learn from our past mistakes.
March 29, 2013 7:46 am
Was that failed shoe thrower was among the mobbing lawyers that are supposed explain law to the people?
iftikhar Ahmed
March 29, 2013 7:49 am
That is a shameful conduct specially on the part of the so called lawyers of Pakistan, look at the corrupt and inept government they support instead of a peaceful and Internationally respected government of Musharraf, which they had.Sure some mistakes were made but nothing compared to the present government which destroyed Pakistan's image and economy, and may even contribute towards the future disintegration of Pakistan if it stays in power.
March 29, 2013 4:44 pm
Musharraf is a man of dignity, bravery and respect for all human being, wished we had few more like him. Hats off to him for being courageous to come and face these corrupt politicians. Wish these lawyers/judiciary had respect for what they present and uphold. Where are the decent lawyers/judges to condemn these shoe throwing acts in the courts? I wish Musharraf good luck and hope he wins this election. You truly make us proud!!
Mansoor Sajid
March 29, 2013 7:55 am
Shooting in his own foot the right example that fits for him. After having enjoyed the prestigious positions including being the President of the country, why is he bent upon bringing him to the level where shoes are thrown at him. Assuming he might win few seats in the Parliament then how would he feel sitting there among the host of adversaries without any defense. May God Almighty guide him out of this mess and senses prevail and he reverts back to his family and enjoy post retirement life peacefully with grace.
March 29, 2013 4:42 pm
These so called Lawyers should challenge Musharaff in Courts instead of hurling shoes and resorting to uncalled for slogans and abuse. It seems the Lawyers themselves are a bunch of ignorant folks with no respect for the Laws.
March 29, 2013 4:34 pm
Here in the good old USA, we too beleive that Musharrf actions hold merit. After all, if memory serves me well, on the evening of CJ dismissal , Musharf came to the live broadcasted TV program Capitol Talk with Hamid Mir and publicaly appologized for the police actions of that day. Now!, can anyone tell me as to how many "PAkistani Politicans" in the last 60 years have ever remotely done that?
Shair Khan
March 29, 2013 8:12 am
Pakistan is a nation of ungrateful people....
March 29, 2013 8:17 am
Why cant we train our shoe-throwers to be more accurate?
March 29, 2013 8:33 am
Height of badtamazi
March 29, 2013 4:23 pm
It is unfortunate that in the 90s Pakistan produced soo many sub-standard, pseudo proffesionals (Doctors, Journalists and in particular the lawyers, whose failures both at the proffesional and personal levels have manifested into enigmatic hurt mentality.
Ahmed Basha
March 29, 2013 8:43 am
Poor lawyers, cannot throw the shoe correctly as their hands can handle only rose petals.
March 29, 2013 8:52 am
Our educated lawyers who feel proud of these uneducated acts.
Abdur Razzaque
March 29, 2013 8:58 am
"As you sow,so you reap".
March 29, 2013 8:59 am
theek kia.
Nadir Aziz
March 29, 2013 4:18 pm
The Lawyers in Pakistan do not have much to be proud of.
Ravi Ingale from University of Pune.
March 29, 2013 9:19 am
If Musharraf would be President then He might be announced Red Alert on this incident.
March 29, 2013 9:23 am
Not appropriate action, shameful act of shoe throwing.
March 29, 2013 9:24 am
the lawyer who threw shoe at ex-President should never be allowed to appear in court. He has insulted the nation. Regardless of Musharraf being a good or bad man he has no right to throw shoe on him. We have had enough of these lawyers. Lawyers are responsible for the distruction of Pakistan.
March 29, 2013 9:27 am
Very sorry state, no one dares to counter the corrupt in the country.................but feel dignified and honoured by doing away with such condemnable acts.
March 29, 2013 9:34 am
The shoe thrower should be arrested.
March 29, 2013 9:45 am
This guy who throw the shoes just wanted a act..
Hussain Naqvi
March 29, 2013 4:08 pm
Musharraf though facing many challenges volunteerily returned home is a brave soldier and hope will survive honourably and meet the challenges with courgeous spirit and his oppnents will be watching his bravery.
March 29, 2013 9:59 am
Lawyers chanting slogans clearly these lawyers assume Guilty unless proven innocent. They should be dis-barred, prevented from practising law ever again. Same goes for all the lawyers who have ransacked courts and attacked judges.
March 29, 2013 9:59 am
Those leaders who have hurt the nation's sentiment are treated with a reward of a single shoe while I expect many so-called leaders who have committed atrocities, looted country's wealth, not paid income tax, not paying utility bills, will be hanged on the roads by the people of Pakistan. The time is changing very soon, be aware.
March 29, 2013 10:00 am
Poor shoe! :D
March 29, 2013 10:02 am
The shoe thrower should be punished for his third class action. This way of protest is totally unacceptable.
March 29, 2013 10:03 am
Where were you Mr. Ali when Musharraf was insulting the whole nation. Are you a sensible man?
March 29, 2013 10:03 am
I feel sorry ... for the shoe ofcourse
March 29, 2013 10:05 am
You are quite right. He said he is not afraid of anybody then why he was afraid of Bush who also was treated by shoes.
March 29, 2013 10:09 am
Why !! Did he throw it at the tooth fairy ??
March 29, 2013 10:12 am
We should introduce a shoe throwing subject with practicals for students of class 1. After all in our pathetic state of economy and corruption, half of the students drop out before reaching metric. Train them young ..
March 29, 2013 10:13 am
What do you mean by educated? Who are educated people in Pakistan? Is there any respect of the Pakistanis in the world?
March 29, 2013 11:20 pm
The country should relish the era of musharraf after seeing what zardari has done to this country in 5 years.
March 29, 2013 10:22 am
" he might be announced red alert " matlab ?
March 29, 2013 10:01 pm
the only blunder mush commited was NRO and leaving us with zardari likes to ruin this country
Zafar Iqbal
March 29, 2013 10:25 am
shoe was thrown for cheap publcity by a simply B.A. LLB . nothing can be expected good from these black coat mafia .
Asif Kashmiri
March 29, 2013 10:26 am
Shameful act by the lawyer.
Khawar Khyam
March 29, 2013 10:28 am
Another dictator is getting away with the help of his friends. What about red warrant against him. He should be put on so called ECL . Every one should watch him where he has landed and who is giving him protection.
March 29, 2013 10:29 am
totally disgusted by this act...arrest the guy who threw the shoe and throw away the keys...some people are so illetrate...LONG LIVE MUSHARRAF !!!!!
March 29, 2013 10:33 am
was the last five years of ppp govt.most respectable days for pakistani people?
March 29, 2013 10:35 am
He should be arrested for missing the target. What does he think he is, a member of the national cricket team?
March 29, 2013 10:36 am
Wrong, not the 'red alert' but the 'shoe alert'.
Shams Uddin
March 29, 2013 10:37 am
This rant of i did wrong because he did wrong needs to stop or it will never end, Even if that was wrong one needs to do the right thing in reply, Do protest but in a right way......
March 29, 2013 10:41 am
That is one of the lawyers. The lawyers in Pakistan are crooks. They are the ones who feed money to the corrupt lower judiciary.
Fedup Pakistani
March 29, 2013 10:44 am
What was important was that the shoe was thrown .....and not that it hit or miss....
A Ali
March 29, 2013 11:10 pm
Sitting far away from home, all i can tell is that only candidates who personally did anything for the country are Imran Khan and Musharraf. Imran spent his own money to build a hospital, trust and other charitable causes. Musharraf himself fought in 1965 war and saved his fellow injured comrades by risking his own life in front of artillery shells, not to mention record economic progress during his time as the president. All other candidates have not build a single school, university, hospital or have no proof for the love of their country... Show me the proof before you demand my vote..
March 29, 2013 10:46 am
Mr. Ali is sensible man; you are not. Musharraf did more for Pakistan than all the other leaders so far. Ahmed, you are naive - wake up.
March 29, 2013 10:51 am
Well said...
March 29, 2013 10:52 am
Pakistan is a failed state. How many people you will train and how much will you correct?
March 29, 2013 3:52 pm
I'm wondering if our lawyers in Pakistan actually DO go to a law school. Even a 10 year old doesn't hurl a shoe at anyone. They seem to ILLITERATE.
March 29, 2013 11:10 am
I totally agree with bilal
Gerry D'Cunha
March 29, 2013 11:13 am
lawyers in pakistan are the biggest cheats themself - they flee the poor people of their hard earned money who take their service to defend them they are very good lawyers for their mistakes and very good judges for others mistakes
March 29, 2013 11:17 am
Good for Musharaf, He deserve more than it.
March 29, 2013 11:19 am
I agree with sal
Zafar Iqbal
March 29, 2013 11:20 am
just for the sake of cheap publicity.
March 29, 2013 11:22 am
Yes I agree with you ALI. they are the real criminals
March 29, 2013 11:24 am
ahmed I think you have lost all senses
March 29, 2013 3:41 pm
What about transfer of funds to himself?
March 29, 2013 11:26 am
khali show on you face
Habib Rahman
March 29, 2013 3:41 pm
I respect Musharraf to come to Pakistan and face the court.There are no corruption charges against.When Musharraf was in power, Pakistan was one of the fastest growing country with 7% GDP growth (ZAIDI) with low inflation of 6.6%, low dficit of 4.3%and FDI of 5.5B$ (NAUMAN) and leave behinf foreign exchang of 18.4B$ (SIR AJAZ RASHEED) in 2007 while he inherited liquid foreign exchang of 700 millio dollars (SIR AJAZ RASHEED) and over all foreign exchange was only 1.1B$ (DR.ISHRAT HUSAIN). he paid IMF and got rid of IMF during his govt.It shame that ppp and next govt has to go back to IMF two time in five years which will result further depreciation of rupee and more inflation.Just remember itwas 62 ruppees to a dollar in2007. it is now 100 rupees to a dollars, doubling the cost of living.Just remember there is no two years law degree outside of PAkistan and INDIA ,the lawyers behave like a clowns.
March 29, 2013 11:29 am
a razzaq during his Government period Economic was on sound footing, not so much killings. Now & in day's of na sharif what was there?
Urooj khan
March 29, 2013 11:40 am
Shameful act ,,, it will only increase support for musharaf ,,he kept his words ,he came back now appearing before courts. Deserves respect , not this .
March 29, 2013 11:42 am
they have no knowledge of laww
March 29, 2013 11:45 am
This is a shameful act.Pakistan is sleeping and taking no action against corrupt government ministers, seniors included.
March 29, 2013 11:47 am
You mean punish for not the accurate throw?
March 29, 2013 12:01 pm
Very cheap act by these so called lawyers! Im a PTI supporter in UK, but I salute Musharraf for returning to Pakistan to face the courts - only brave and courageous people do this. Proove him guilty first then play these cheap shots. What a set of clowns... they should be in a circus.
raja hindustani
March 29, 2013 1:49 pm
He joined the elite league of people like Bush ;)
March 29, 2013 12:24 pm
What did he expect? Spent 8 years in power and left the country with Zardari !!
Bushra gillani
March 29, 2013 12:31 pm
Obnoxious....Cheap people show their cheap mentality by doing such kind of it doesn't matter what ever they do...
Asfandyar wazir
March 29, 2013 12:34 pm
It might have been a publicity stunt but it was also a manifestation of our hurt mentality, an expression of our collective helplessness. it is ironic that the juridical state is protecting a violater of human rights. Journalists were beaten and murdered in cold blood, political workers kiddnapped, tortured and killed. the way he dealt with the question of militancy, the baloch nationalists and the red mosque, not to mention his political adventures, we should be ashamed of discussing the show thrower and moral values rather than the dictor who is busy in a shameless act of self-glorification.
Agha Ata (USA)
March 29, 2013 12:51 pm
Well said. :)
March 29, 2013 12:58 pm
Watch the attitude of those who dislike Musharraf. It looks they are real criminal. The have no tolerance. You can dislike anyone but not harm him. Stay cool for Zardari, He has not harmed anyone. He will be remembered as a President who steered this country to freedom, to democracy, fight against terrorism, tolerance, a working system and supremacy of parliament, respect to judiciary, reconciliation, path of consultation, transfer of power to provinces, transfer of funds to provinces and many more, more and more
Cyrus Howell
March 29, 2013 1:06 pm
I know a young Pakistani with a law degree who owns and drives a taxi cab in Chicago. It is hardly Musharraf's fault he did not find work as a lawyer in Pakistan. I you ask me, Pakistan has too many lawyers.
March 30, 2013 8:29 am
Why is Kayani giving special VIP security to Musharraf? If he is so interested in favouring him then he should do it from his own pocket. The only achievement of Kayani's term extension has been protecting corrupt former generals like Aslam Beg and now Musharraf
March 30, 2013 12:34 pm
Right man for the right job in the country.... Pervez Musharraf
Syed A, Zafar USA
March 30, 2013 12:54 pm
Dear Khalid. This is tragedy and set back that our liberals/secular media including English newspapers who pretend to be the advocates of democracy, indirectly support the cause/agenda of religious extremists and the enemies of Pakistan in the name of freedom and democracy. They maintain double standard for lots of internal/external reasons in my opinion. They play the game of "Toofaan bhee uthaay rakh-kho, aur bundh bhee bandhnay kee baat karo" (practicing hypocrisy). That is why the outside commentators/lobbyists (most of the time Indian Hindus who do not leave any chance to interfere in the internal matters of Pakistan and defaming our country) love to make heroes out of some of our liberal writers/scholars. It is shame. I wish we were sincere and united to support nothing but true democracy and true leaders instead of supporting same old thugs and sudden messiahs in the name of democracy. It takes conscience.
March 30, 2013 7:26 pm
It is mind boggling why Musharraf came back now the Govt has to spend large sums of money and personal to protect this guy who destroyed Democracy in Pakistan instead of using resources to protecting innocent children.they should have refused entry to him and send back to London.
March 31, 2013 12:50 am
what u expect from this country where people die just becoze of their faith or sect this was only shoe thrown and so called lawyer who defend these murderers in the name of religion or country MUSHI IS OK
March 31, 2013 4:18 am
Blame social media for putting him under the illusion that he is popular. I bet there was a bigger crowd of supporters seeing him off at London and Dubai airports and that's why no one showed up in Karachi. The General must've missed that.
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