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Pakistan court extends Musharraf's remand by 14 days


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Former president Pervez Musharraf. — Photo by AFP/File
Former president Pervez Musharraf. — Photo by AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court on Saturday ordered former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf to remain in custody for a further two weeks ahead of his trial for unlawfully sacking judges during his rule, officials said.

“Pervez Musharraf's remand is extended for judicial lock-up for 14 days, he should be presented before the court on May 18,” Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi ordered.

Police had asked the judge to grant the custodial extension saying the investigation into Musharraf's activities was still under way.

Lawyers for Musharraf – who is locked in his own home, which has been declared a sub-jail while he is awaiting trial – filed a bail application in the court and the judge fixed a hearing for May 6.

The court was also asked if Musharraf's trial could be held inside his plush villa, citing security reasons, but the matter was left pending.

“It has been brought into my notice that the Chief Commissioner of Islamabad issued a notification for the jail trial, but approval from Islamabad high court is needed in this regard,” the judge said.

Musharraf was placed in police custody at his home following his arrest on April 19, in an unprecedented move against a former army chief of staff ahead of key elections.

He was arrested for making a decision to sack judges when he imposed emergency rule in November 2007 – a move that hastened his downfall.

He also faces charges of conspiracy to murder opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and over the death of a rebel leader during a 2006 military operation.

The retired general has been humiliated since returning in March from self-imposed exile to contest elections.

However, his party on Friday announced it will boycott next week's historic election after a court on Tuesday banned him from standing for the rest of his life.

The May 11 polls for the national and regional assemblies mark the first time that a civilian government completes a full-term and hands over to another at the ballot box, in a country that has been ruled by the military for half its life.

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marghoob ahmed siddiqui May 04, 2013 08:52pm
You also look biased. Can you tell what wrong he did during his rule? He gave stability to country and improved Economic position. He cant be blamed for any financial corruption.
faryan786 May 04, 2013 08:17pm
Vampires are out for blood. What a fiasco. All the judges had a chance to be bigger men, but Alas! they are showing how shallow they really are.
JITENDRA SINGH (@me_jeeten) May 04, 2013 04:23pm
This is pakistan culture .The man who was dictator of pakistan now, he is behind the bar
pervez May 04, 2013 04:45pm
kangaroo courts. He Pervez Musharraf is more patriotic than many of the judges and their sponsors. God's wrath on them is not far away.
naz May 04, 2013 04:10pm
If Musharaf is on trial why not the rest of the team who were with him ?????????????are they special to enjoy their freedom and their offices??????arrest them all. and should face the the court as Musharaf is doing though he had an option of not coming back and enjoy his respect all over the world.
naz May 04, 2013 04:06pm
so true.
S. Tanwir Hasan May 04, 2013 03:40pm
He is not criminal or obstructionist of justice. It is total a lie and either you don't perceive properly or a biased person like Taliban who think so. History will prove letter that all the charges framed against him are due to enmity or seeking revenge for his removal of Chief Justice that was the right and prerogative of General Musharraf who was President of Pakistan. This clumsy and self seeking Chief Justice has done more harm to Pakistan and its exchequer than anybody else.
AHMAD May 04, 2013 12:38pm
Musharaf has been treated as a VIP when in reality he is a criminal and a obstructionist of justice. Why not the same cell as for Z. Bhutto and B. Bhutto. The army is playing game. People should demand that the General should be tried in court, and not behind doors by his peers in the name of national security and " sensetive informations and confedentiality.
Agha Ata (USA) May 05, 2013 02:23am
There have been two politicians in Pakistan who were drowned by their own overconfidence, Bhutto and Musharraf.
MD Riaz May 05, 2013 12:31am
Ahmad Sir, FYI, If you know that protocol requires that he should be treated as VIP because he is not pronounced guilty on any charge yet. The army is not playing any games so far, this great institution has sacrificed approximately ten thousands of their own soldiers for the protection of Pakistan and its people.
Nasr KiKi May 04, 2013 04:39pm
and we have to be present on this forum to raise our voice for thie injustices of our justice system
Adnan May 04, 2013 02:56pm
if u say that Musharraf is criminal and he killed B. Bhutto then why not PPPP has investigated this matter during their 5 years of Govt , He done wrong by unlawfully sacking judges but that does not mean that judges should take this matter personally while doing justice
excalibur May 04, 2013 02:44pm
without due process InshaAllah you will be termed a criminal and put in a cell yourself and we will ask you then Ahmaq
muzammil ullah khan May 04, 2013 02:16pm
What else would one expect from these judges . Some day they will pay for what they are doing to an honest and upright man.
Imran A. May 04, 2013 05:17pm
Our justice system has no solution to tackle the war on terrorism. I would like to see some ruling in that department too.
Cobrajock May 04, 2013 12:48pm
The injustice and bias continues.
Owais Malick May 04, 2013 01:20pm
I think those who think Musharraf is being humiliated, are making joke of whole nation. What is so special about Musharraf that he could not be kept in proper jail like other political leaders? Answer is fairly simple because he is from a different class of "elite class". Is it justice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!???????????
marghoob ahmed siddiqui May 04, 2013 08:49pm
Biased courts of Pakistan desire to keep him under custody for no reason for ever. Country or Society where you are denied justice can never flourish.