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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had granted post-arrest bail to retired General Pervez Musharraf in the case relating to detention of judges after the proclamation of emergency on Nov 3, 2007.—File Photo
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had granted post-arrest bail to retired General Pervez Musharraf in the case relating to detention of judges after the proclamation of emergency on Nov 3, 2007.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD/QUETTA: Another judge of the Supreme Court, Justice Nasirul Mulk, on Monday detached himself from hearing a petition filed for the rejection of Musharraf’s bail in the judges detention case.

Justice Nasir is the second judge to excuse himself from hearing the petition. Previously, Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry had also recused himself from the bench hearing the case.

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) had granted post-arrest bail to retired General Pervez Musharraf in the case relating to detention of judges after the proclamation of emergency on Nov 3, 2007. Aslam Ghuman Advocate later challenged the decision in the apex court.

Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who was heading the bench initially formed to hear the petition, had excused himself from being part of the bench as he had also remained in detention until his reinstatement in March 2009.

When the three-judge bench headed by Justice Nasirul Mulk resumed hearing of the petition filed by Aslam Ghuman Advocate on Monday, Justice Nasir expressed his inability to hear the case any further.

He said that the chief justice would constitute a new bench for the hearing of this case and fix the matter.

Bugti murder case

Meanwhile, an Anti-Terrorism Court in Quetta has ordered authorities to produce the former military ruler in court while hearing a case pertaining to the murder of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akber Khan Bugti, DawnNews reported.

Bugti was killed in a military operation in the Kohlu area of Balochistan on August 26, 2006. The murder of the powerful tribal chief fueled long-simmering unrest in the province plagued by a separatist insurgency.

During the hearing of the case today, former Balochistan Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao appeared before the bench.

ATC Judge Mohammad Ismail ordered the arrest of Musharraf, former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, former Balochistan governor Owais Ahmed Ghani and others nominated in Bugti’s murder. Moreover, it ordered the police to present the accused persons before the court after their arrest.

While expressing displeasure at the police’s Crime Branch, the court questioned why Musharraf had not yet been arrested despite the issuance of non-bailable arrest warrants against him.

The case was subsequently adjourned to July 30.

Comments (14) Closed

fida sayani Jul 15, 2013 01:03pm

why hesitancy and delay in the trial of Musharaf. The agencies who are responsible for the delay should also be tried. Pasha should also be brought for trial in the court, the men who has also done great harm to Pakistan.

Arshad Malik Jul 15, 2013 01:48pm

Aftab Shair Pao was not interior minister of Balochistan. He was federal Interior minister. Please correct the news item.

SRK Ahmed Jul 15, 2013 02:15pm

Please note that Bugti was killed in a military operation and was not murdered. There is a big difference if some one KILLED during the action of law enforcement agencies or MURDERED by them. If our ATCs will try Musharraf for his actions on law and order matters like action on Bugti or Lal masjid then present government will stop taking actions in FATA or Wazirsatan. Otherwise soon Nawaz Sharif and Zardari will be also in ATC courts for 'MURDERING' criminals and terrorist.

pakiboy Jul 15, 2013 03:08pm

wah ray ATC .. kisi bugti ko bhi bulao na .. ju weapons smuggling kartay hoay pakray jatay hain .. mila tu musharaf ..

Alive Jul 15, 2013 03:46pm

Why do u Call it Murder ?? In this Column there was no mention of why Bugti was killed?? He was leading a 10,000 men strong Tribal Malitia and had clearly declared war against the Govt of Pakistan......AM I WRONG HERE ??? Bugti did what TTP is doing right now!!! All the reconciliation measures were turned down by Nawab Bugti, if ur memory is short lived i can send u the news feeds of that time. During the fight between Budti Malitia and LEAs, many soldiers and Officers embraced Shahadat. Why dont you people try Nawab Bugti for their Murder???? Why try Musharraf who was just using force against an open blatant rebellion ????

Muhammad Jul 15, 2013 06:22pm

Shameless judiciary... :(

Bakhtawer Bilal Jul 15, 2013 07:12pm

A retired general is more scary than a sitting president.

Logical Dude Jul 15, 2013 07:37pm

For heaven's sake stop wasting time on event of the past and vendettas of certain small minded individuals and groups and move on with the agenda for good governance and economic progress. That is what the people need.

Mansour Haidar Raja Jul 15, 2013 07:54pm

General Pervez Musharraf is A brave and courageous man. And I'm sure he will be successful in this test . Long live Musharraf.

aSIM Jul 15, 2013 08:34pm

Better go home a fox can not hunt a wolf

assad Jul 15, 2013 08:55pm

Please proof read your articles before publishing them. This article makes no sense because your correspondent has mixed up the names of the judges badly.

Son of Army officer Jul 15, 2013 09:41pm

Illegal action by the biased judges. They should have the courage to reject the petition based on the fact that military actions are protected against civilian courts jurisdiction. Only military courts can proceed in these matters. General Kyani should speak up.

muzammil ullah khan Jul 16, 2013 02:01am

Does this judge know that a President , Prime Minister and a Governor can order military action against a rebel who is fighting against the state . If this becomes a precedent then all the Prime Ministers , Chiefs of Staff and other Govt functionaries who tackle insurgency and terrorism can be hauled up by any tiddly piddly judge just to satisfy his ego . It is a very bad precedence and it must be stopped .

shahid Jul 16, 2013 02:46am

Now then, who will tie the bell?