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Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. — Photo by AFP/File
Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. — Photo by AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: The anti-terrorist court in Islamabad on Wednesday directed the government to appoint a public prosecutor in the judges’ detention case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf by May 18 after Advocate Syed Tayyab excused himself from performing the role on account of personal reasons, DawnNews reported.

During today’s hearing of the case, Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi of the ATC moreover directed the police to present a charge sheet against Musharraf by May 18.

The case is based on an FIR against the retired general registered in August 11, 2009 on the complaint of Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Ghumman advocate.

He had asked the police to initiate legal proceedings against Musharraf for detaining over 60 judges, including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, after proclamation of a state of emergency in the country on November 3, 2007.

The case is one of three against Musharraf in Pakistani courts. He is also accused of involvement in a conspiracy to murder Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and over the 2006 killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Khan Bugti.

Musharraf returned to Pakistan in March after nearly four years of self-imposed exile.