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Former President Pervez Musharraf.— File Photo
Former President Pervez Musharraf.— File Photo

AWALPINDI: An application was filed on behalf of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Friday for exemption from attendance in a court pertaining to the Benazir Bhutto murder case, DawnNews reported.

The plea was filed in Rawalpindi’s Anti-terrorism court (ATC). In the application, Musharraf requested the court to allow him exemption from attending the hearing due to security concerns.

The Benazir Bhutto murder case’s hearing was adjourned until May 14.

Earlier, the Peshawar High Court (PHC) banned Musharraf from politics for life.

The ruling came in response to an appeal filed by the former army strongman over the rejection of his nomination papers for the National Assembly seat in Chitral.

A four-member larger bench, headed by PHC Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan and comprising of Justice Malik Manzoor, Justice Syed Afsar Shah and Justice Ikramullah ruled that since Musharraf had abrogated the Constitution twice, he could not be allowed to contest elections for either the National Assembly or the Senate.

Announcing the decision, Justice Khan said Musharraf had imposed an illegal emergency and targeted the judiciary; therefore the court was imposing a life-time ban on the retired general, barring him from contesting polls for the national and provincial assemblies as well as the Senate.

The bench also rejected the former president's appeal over the rejection of his nomination papers from NA-32 (Chitral).

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007 while Musharraf was president. She was killed after addressing an election campaign rally in the city.

The ATC had indicted Musharraf in the case in February 2011, and in August the same year he was declared a proclaimed offender and his property was attached because of his absence.

Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month after nearly four years of self-imposed exile to contest the May 11 general election.

Election officials had barred Musharraf from running for the National Assembly earlier, effectively derailing his attempts to regain a place in politics by standing at the polls.

Although Musharraf’s legal battles have provided an electrifying sideshow in the election race, he commands scant popular support and the outcome of the drama is unlikely to have much impact on the final results.

Comments (12) Closed

Sundar May 03, 2013 10:45am

Who benefits the most in the killing of FIA's state prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar ? Investigators should look at that angle to find the actual culprits who ordered the assassination.

v.s May 03, 2013 10:46am

dirty politics...Pak and India facing same problems..These people can do anything to get political benefits.In India and Pakistan Life has no Value.Both countries facing internal problems.I dont know which way we are going.The end of world is near...

Abdul Malik May 03, 2013 10:50am

General Musahrraf, it's high time that you call it a day and enjoy life in the beautiful and colossal farm house that you have built in Islamabad. Have your Cohiba cigars, coupled with some beverages of your choice, write another book, play squash and make merry. You may be a good commando and a soldier but politics is neither your cup of tea nor you have the acumen of a politician. You have played enough havoc with Pakistan and it is about time that you may please spare this beautiful country that we call Pakistan.

Mohammad Ishaq Zahidani May 03, 2013 11:10am

Mr. Musharaf should be given respect being former President of the country and ex-Army Chief. During his tenure Pakistan saw stability on law and order and economic front. If Mr Musharaf is held responsible for every kind of act of terrorism and wrong-doings, then other former Heads of State and the incoming of Heads of the State will have to be held accountable for whatever happens in that country. I believe if he decides to take refuge in India, he will be given all respect and protocol. Pakistanis should behave like civilized society..

Iqbal May 03, 2013 11:32am

why it is necessary for dawn to write below para at the end of every news item or article about Musharraf?

"Although Musharraf

Muhammad Ashraf May 03, 2013 07:48pm

Musharraf is a criminal and not a political leader. Supreme Courts and High courts verdicts against him clearly state him a murderer a treacherous and terrorist. 180 million Pakistanis are just waiting to see his punishment is equal to his crimes or else.

Ali May 04, 2013 12:19am

Why special treatment to him? Why not same treatment to all other prisoners? Just because he is Kayani's friend? Will he go in a special grave or will he go in same grave like everyone else? Will Angels do his accountability in the same way like everyone else? Or special treatment only because he is Kayani friend? Enough is enough, these Generals have become a liability on Pakistan. Jawans soldiers are sacrificing lives while Aslam Beg Musharraf etc are not following law only because of Kayani support

assad May 04, 2013 01:49am

"Although Musharraf

assad May 04, 2013 01:52am

@Abdul Malik: Yes he should be allowed to retire with dignity. But the havoc has not been wreaked by Musharraf. Rather its by the hypocritical politicians and our right. They have much to answer for yet only Musharraf is being scapegoated.

AJ May 04, 2013 02:20am

@Abdul Malik: Yes your are right, Politics in Pakistan only for the corrupt members of the society and your are an example of that

NL May 04, 2013 05:46am

@Abdul Malik: Do not be an idiot! you have to look at what good he did to Pakistan and its LEVEL HEADED people, I do not know about your level Mr. Malik...appears you only want to look at negative aspect of the situation, very sad. "Bohot chota dil aur dhimag hai".

Najamuddin May 03, 2013 05:00am
Musharraf was overwhelmingly supported by the majority of people from all parts of the Country because they had been disappointed by the corrupt politicians again and again. The long exploited majority had welcomed him expecting to be a Messiah and true Reformer. But unfortunately he proved to be the worst ruthless dictator and devastator of the Nation who started his first civilian cabinet from the same well known top corrupt politicians many already facing indictment by NAB and Courts. His heinous betrayal of peoples's trust, victimization of top 50 Judges, abrogation of Constitution, Emergency and NRO are acts of treason.