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Musharraf's bail petition dismissed in Benazir murder case

April 24, 2013

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf. —Photo by AFP

RAWALPINDI: A division bench of the Lahore High Court's  Rawalpindi registry dismissed the bail petition submitted by former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto murder case. The bail was dismissed on the grounds that Musharraf's counsel did not pursue the case on bail plea.

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)'s Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar said that following the cancellation of his bail petition, Musharraf could be arrested any time now.

The bench had resumed the hearing over a petition filed by Musharraf seeking bail in the case pertaining to the murder of former two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto in December 2007.

The bench had earlier given the counsel for the petitioner an hour's time to makes make its argument over why the former military should be granted bail.

Musharraf's counsel instead of giving his argument, had sought more time and requested the court to adjourn the hearing.

Prosecuting lawyer of the FIA had objected to the request arguing that Musharraf was already under detention on judicial remand at his Chak Shehzad residence, which was declares as a sub-jail after the cancellation of his bail in the judges detention case.