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Judges’ detention case: ATC discards Musharraf’s bail plea

Updated May 22, 2013 12:00pm


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Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.— File photo
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.— File photo

ISLAMABAD: The anti-terrorist court in Islamabad on Wednesday discarded a bail plea filed by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in the judges' detention case, DawnNews reported.

Earlier today, ATC judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi had reserved the ruling on Musharraf's bail application during a hearing of the case.

During the hearing, public prosecutor Amir Nadeem Tabish said clause 780-A pertaining to terrorism had been added to the list of charges against Musharraf, making the case against him even more strong.

In his arguments, Tabish added that judges and their family members had been detained in their homes for months and that the charges against the former army strongman were of a serious nature, who therefore should not be granted bail.

He further said that the emergency imposed by Musharraf in the country on November 3, 2007 was detrimental not only towards the judges but for the public at large.

However, Musharraf's counsel, Ilyas Siddiqui, argued that there was no evidence against his client and requested the court to grant the bail application.

Tabish moreover told the judge that he had been appointed public prosecutor in the case only until the court's ruling on Musharraf's bail plea, adding that he had no authority to present a charge sheet in the case.

On which, the judge expressed his amazement and asked as to how it could be the case that one public prosecutor was appointed for Musharraf’s bail plea and another to present charges against him.

Subsequently, the judge inquired of the investigation officer as to when would the charge sheet against the former military ruler be finalised. Responding to which, the officer said that three institutions had been approached in this respect, however, all had so far failed to submit their responses.

The court reserved its ruling on the bail plea after the parties concluded their arguments and subsequently discarded the former president's application.


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MHAnsari May 22, 2013 01:00pm

This is totally a fake case:

Sorry to say that judiciary is trying to malign Musharraf to make themselves saints and victim.

The constitution of Pakistan was in abeyance at the time when Musharraf suspended the judges. Ironically the constitution was suspended with the permission of supreme court itself.

Now the million dollars question is: If the judges were under oath of a PCO, Musharraf's personal law, not the constitution, then how can he be convicted under Pakistan constitution, and by the PCO judges?

If Musharraf has violated the constitution, he violated it with the consent of the supreme court. He should be punished for that offence. And his collaborators, the judges must stand trial with him.

Either the judiciary and Musharraf both should stand trial or both should be forgiven.

Kazmis May 22, 2013 02:38pm

A Dangerous condition...Every one is watching arguments that the sun is bright or dark!

dharmendraGoel May 22, 2013 03:32pm

Thetrial thatGeneral pervez musharrafiasfacingin islamabad relatingto hisuse of executive powersin times ofhis supremacy and detaining large number ofCitizens for trumpted charges have come back to create very many harassingreasons why hemust face his odds un supported even by hiscolleagues from thepakistani Army. It isbest that General mushrraf isallowed toleave oPakistan alone now and pass his rest ofyrs in londion where he has a good houseandperhapssufficientassetsto meet his needs. d, Goel

Wasif Mustafa Khan May 22, 2013 04:49pm

What a justice system. Nobody knows what to do and the Judge is waiting to Hang the general on any charge the prosecution can come up with.

khan May 22, 2013 06:05pm

There is NO case against him, that is why they could not still bring charge sheet against him......

Why unconstitutional mease are being allowed to keep Musharaf locked and out of sight?

mian riaz May 22, 2013 08:22pm

I agree with the Judges question that one public prosecutor for bail plea and another for to present charges.. The fact remain the there is nothing to respond by three institution. In the situation the case should be thrown out.

It seems that prosecutor and judges would like keep him detain and humiliate him.

Zack May 23, 2013 12:14am

He deserves this. when he came to power he should have acted like Kamal Ataturk. The best form of government is the sincere dictator. Instead he tried to play politics!