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

LAHORE: A lawyer who had earlier withdrawn himself from the judges’ detention case says ‘life threats’ had forced him to take that decision.

“I had stopped pursuing the case following life threats to me and members of my family. Although I am still receiving threats, I have decided to appear in the court on July 20 and pursue the judges’ detention case against former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf,” Advocate Aslam Ghumman told Dawn on Saturday.

Mr Ghumman was a petitioner in the case and on May 17 he had announced his decision to withdraw his complaint, citing “national interest”.

Meanwhile, Gen Musharraf’s political adviser Chaudhry Sarfraz Anjum Kahlon told Dawn that he would move court against Mr Ghumman, alleging that the lawyer had demanded a huge sum of money besides a one-year-stay in the UK for his and his family.

“On my refusal, Ghumman said he will manipulate the legal system to his advantage. The evidence, including text messages, phone recordings and video footage, will be presented in the court to prove that Mr Ghumman was an unfit character to act as a complainant against Musharraf,” Mr Kahlon said.

Mr Kahlon said Mr Ghumman had “voluntarily” withdrawn his complaint (against Musharraf) in the “national interest”.

He said Mr Ghumman got a case registered last month against retired Colonel Ilyas, a security officer of Gen Musharraf, claiming that he was receiving life threats from him and later filed a petition in the apex court, challenging the Islamabad High Court’s order of granting bail to Gen Musharraf.

Mr Kahlon requested the Supreme Court to take notice of Mr Ghumman’s ‘U-turn’.

“We are preparing different cases, including extortion, giving false and fabricated evidence to the court and cheating, against Mr Ghumman,” he said.

Mr Ghumman, however, dismissed Mr Kahlon’s allegations, terming them part of a campaign the aides of Gen Musharraf were running against him. “I have neither demanded any money nor a stay in London or elsewhere from Mr Kahlon or others,” Mr Ghumman said, adding that he would continue to pursue the case and would not cow down to threats.

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Hussain Naqvi Jul 14, 2013 07:50am

Mr Aslam Ghumman seems to be reinforced by a lobby with vested interest.The Advocate has no moral character that after withdrawal he once again intersection perspective the case.Rarely enough he could designated by someone against General Musharraf and perhaps couldn't meet the demands of the advocate,consequently he had withdrawn.It is seemed that the same partyhas once again asked him to perspective thecase and his demands willbe met, otherwise who has so much time and money to persue such unfruitful cases in the apex court.

SHYAM LAL DADHICHI Jul 14, 2013 10:03am

It seems strange that an ex general is being made accountable of his deeds after retirement. In Pakistan it is unusual. Military normally does not allow this. It is an exception may be pressure of democracy.

khan Jul 14, 2013 06:00pm

Yes they think of democracy and independent judiciary where it fits for some particular people of this country.

Ibrahim Jul 14, 2013 06:36pm

This is nothing but an attempt to divert attention of the masses, from the dire economic challenges facing the country. The need of the hour is consensus building, and not an exercise in witch hunting.

Aleem Jul 14, 2013 11:56pm

@Hussain Naqvi: Mr Naqvi you are on the dot. There are many characterless stalwarts like this turncoat on the benches too. Politico Judical characterless characters are hell bent to take on Musharaf. This wild goose chase is an utter waste of efforts & time. Ask the Judiciary as to how many cases are pending & since when?? Yet the harpers of democracy hold justice supreme. Jokers...!

Mustafa Jul 15, 2013 12:06am

Most likely there is a limit as to how long the military of Pakistan will tolerate the vicious circus being played in Pakistan humiliating one of their generals who did everything best to serve Pakistan. Allah forbid, if Pakistan is invaded by enemies, will the judiciary dictate to Army what should be done?