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Musharraf gets bail extensions, restrained from leaving Pakistan

Published Mar 29, 2013 04:45pm


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Pervez Musharraf appeared in Sindh High Court on March 22 to obtain bail extension amidst angry protesters chanting slogans against him. In this picture, one protester threw a shoe at the former president. —Photo by DawnNews
Pervez Musharraf appeared in Sindh High Court on March 29 to obtain bail extension amidst angry protesters chanting slogans against him. In this picture, one protester threw a shoe at the President.—Photo by DawnNews

KARACHI: Former President Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf got at least two more weeks of relief on Friday when the Sindh High Court extended his bail in three separate cases.

However, the court restrained the ex-military ruler from leaving Pakistan without permission.

Angry lawyers protested and chanted slogans against Musharraf when he appeared in court, and one of them threw a shoe at the ex-dictator as he walked to a court room to extend his bail.

A group of around 20 lawyers had gathered to protest against the former military ruler at the Sindh High Court building, shouting “he’s a dictator and he should be hanged” before one of them hurled the shoe, witnesses said.

The shoe did not hit Musharraf, TV footage showed. Witnesses said the perpetrator was taken away by plain-clothed security officials.

Musharraf, who has returned to the country after four year of self-imposed exile to contest general elections, has been implicated in three high-profile cases in which he was facing arrest warrants.

A single-bench of the SHC comprising of Chief Justice Mushir Alam extended Musharraf’s transitory bail for 15 days in the case of ‘illegal confinement’ of 62 judges after he declared a state of emergency in the country on November 3, 2007

Separately, a divisional bench of the court headed by Justice Sajjad Ali Shah granted bail extension for 21 days to Musharraf in the other two cases in which he was facing non-bailable arrest warrants.

The cases are the murder of former governor and chief minister of Balochistan Nawab Akbar Bugti in August 2007 and the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in a gun-and-bomb attack in Rawalpindi in December 2007.


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K Mar 29, 2013 09:22pm
Dear Sir, I am not going to defend or oppose, but would like to highlight this that He ( Pervez Musharaf) may have done some wrong moves and taken some wrong decisions. But the question of Red Mosque is inadequate... Why did they have arms in the place of worship.... dont you find something fishy about that.... if he did take action their, that means it was needed there. I dont agree on his acts in any lives he may be responsible for, but do aprove of his deligence, and prompt stand up in the face of very harsh and tobulent times when the war was immenent to defend our Pakistan and its freedom and security.
Mustafa Mar 29, 2013 08:03pm
It is unbelievable that Pakistani Lawyers will stoop to the gangster activity (or in Urdu Ghunda Harkat) and some of them will become judges and even Chief Justice in Pakistan. Just wondering if Pakistan will ever change or gain respect by world communities. Yes it can. If Pakistanis allow leaders like Musharraf and others who are determined to bring about changes in Pakistan.
Raja Mar 29, 2013 07:44pm
So these thumbs down were given by those uneducated lawyers who have taken part in chanting slogans and throwing shoes?
Mumtaz Mar 29, 2013 02:18pm
I couldn't put better than this
Babar Mar 29, 2013 07:42pm
Musharaf now has my votes., I was going to vote for PML-N but not any more!!!!
Mustafa Mar 29, 2013 07:41pm
Dear Ahmad. It is beyond your intelligence and that of millions of people like you in Pakistan to understand what is good for Pakistan and what Musharraf has done for Pakistan. It is because the vast majority of people in Pakistan are like you, this country is no longer the country Jinnah created. It is next to Banana Republic. May Allah save Musharraf and leaders like him who can change Pakistan.
Mustafa Mar 29, 2013 02:08pm
These are the same folk who threw petal to a murderer and killer of governor of Punjab. What a shame
Hasnain Mar 29, 2013 07:05pm
Can we please have a suo moto for the shoe throwing antic.
acas Mar 29, 2013 07:22pm
deserves respect to either go out of country respectfully... or just face all allegations...why return after 5 years ? just for getting another chance at politics.. or following another order from american boss...
Khan Mar 29, 2013 07:26pm
Dear Muhammad, PPP came in to the power b/c of that NRO Musharraf signed.
Cyrus Howell Mar 29, 2013 01:40pm
He should have been held in contempt of court. Apparently the judge is not a Musharraf fan.
Muhammad Farooq Mar 30, 2013 02:26am
He made another Himalyian mistake by returning to the scene of the crime. A former military dictator should not have been allowed to cast his ominious shadow on the electoral process. Please put him on ECL if already not done so and the brunt is on him to prove himself innocent in the court of law.
khalidmurad1 Mar 29, 2013 06:43pm
The most disgusting and shameful act was the way DAWN TV displayed this tragic deed with an Indian song playing at the back ground. They just forgot that this liberty or freedom of media was due to the mercy of Musharraf. Indian song playing at the background must have pleased Indians.
Shochi Mar 29, 2013 06:15pm
Its too bad the young person did not own any eggs. General Saab, can you understand that your tenure did not do anything for us?
baqar haan Mar 29, 2013 05:11pm
Musharraf though being a dictator is and was much better than our crooked politicians. The list of the Most Wanted Crooks include Nawaz Sharif, Zardari, and others who have looted and plundered the country. Their bank accounts should be frozen and given to poor and needy!
Cyrus Howell Mar 29, 2013 01:37pm
They should be working to protect the Hazara, doing something worthwhile. They are like a bunch of schoolboys instead.
Cyrus Howell Mar 29, 2013 01:34pm
Shoe throwing can become an elective subject for college undergraduates. In future it may become a summer Olympic sport, who knows.
Cyrus Howell Mar 29, 2013 01:15pm
He expected a heroes' welcome.
kausik Mar 30, 2013 01:50am
The Law has to take its due course as everybody deserve a fair trial and due course of law including Musharraf who arrested judges as per Dawn story during so called emergency just like what Indira Gandhi did but worse he took democracy away from Pakistan.It is ironic he back to contest elections he should have never been allowed to leave Pakistan.
Azhar Zaidi Mar 29, 2013 06:01pm
Some people show their class anyway. These are the people who showered flowers at the killer of Punjab governor. So, what do you expect!
Seedoo Mar 29, 2013 02:42pm
I am sure they are the same lawyers who danced and threw flowers at the killer of Salman Taseer
Yasser Haider Mar 30, 2013 01:00am
The general population of Pakistan need to realise who would do good for them in the future. I like Imran Khan.. and he would not do bad for Pakistan but he is not the man for the job.. the mess Pakistan is in at the moment. The population of Pakistan NEEDS someone like Musharraf to save them from becoming the most unsafe country in the world (its not far from there at the moment) Hopefully the people of Pakistan realise this soon or else.. like Musharraf says.. Allah hi hafiz hai Pakistan ka..
Chaigram Mar 29, 2013 08:51pm
Zardari and Sharif brothers can go scot free for destroying Pakistan, while Musharraf, who has done something for this country without becoming a billionaire has a shoe thrown at him. Whawaa Pakistanis!!
Mani Mar 29, 2013 08:02pm
Lets talk more about the show-thrower... Sounds like a party animal eh?
Cyrus Howell Mar 29, 2013 01:20pm
"Get him." "There he goes. The guy with one shoe."
Khawar Khyam Mar 29, 2013 01:16pm
I cannot believe he came back to face the court. He must be having some kind of agreement with big bosses. He is again going to be used for some nefarious scheme of USA.
Imraan Mehmood Mar 29, 2013 05:13pm
I hope you are not one of them !!!
Asad Mar 29, 2013 05:08pm
"Dictator". only this person has done wonders for Pakistan. What human rights are upheld now. there have been bombings and the situation in Balochistan has worsened. People are bring killed like poultry. TIll now, how many corruption cases have been brought up against this "dictator". the democratic rulers are all corrupt, they amass wealth and stash away away from homeland. their kids get educate in foreign lands, and back home they preach patriotism. "democratic" and family politicals do not like the "dictator" becuase they went "hungry" under his rule. It will take a couple of more generations, with good education for our gullible people to understand this.
Jawad Mar 29, 2013 04:49pm
I totally agree. Even today I vividly remeber the acts of vadalism by the enlightened urban lawyers that lead to the departure of Field Marshal Ayub Khan and began the era of nightmares in the name of democracy. I sincerely hope that today's young impressionable and idealistic lawyers can learn from our past mistakes.
desert Mar 29, 2013 07:46am
Was that failed shoe thrower was among the mobbing lawyers that are supposed explain law to the people?
iftikhar Ahmed Mar 29, 2013 07:49am
That is a shameful conduct specially on the part of the so called lawyers of Pakistan, look at the corrupt and inept government they support instead of a peaceful and Internationally respected government of Musharraf, which they had.Sure some mistakes were made but nothing compared to the present government which destroyed Pakistan's image and economy, and may even contribute towards the future disintegration of Pakistan if it stays in power.
MS Mar 29, 2013 04:44pm
Musharraf is a man of dignity, bravery and respect for all human being, wished we had few more like him. Hats off to him for being courageous to come and face these corrupt politicians. Wish these lawyers/judiciary had respect for what they present and uphold. Where are the decent lawyers/judges to condemn these shoe throwing acts in the courts? I wish Musharraf good luck and hope he wins this election. You truly make us proud!!
Mansoor Sajid Mar 29, 2013 07:55am
Shooting in his own foot the right example that fits for him. After having enjoyed the prestigious positions including being the President of the country, why is he bent upon bringing him to the level where shoes are thrown at him. Assuming he might win few seats in the Parliament then how would he feel sitting there among the host of adversaries without any defense. May God Almighty guide him out of this mess and senses prevail and he reverts back to his family and enjoy post retirement life peacefully with grace.
Nizar Mar 29, 2013 04:42pm
These so called Lawyers should challenge Musharaff in Courts instead of hurling shoes and resorting to uncalled for slogans and abuse. It seems the Lawyers themselves are a bunch of ignorant folks with no respect for the Laws.
Jawad Mar 29, 2013 04:34pm
Here in the good old USA, we too beleive that Musharrf actions hold merit. After all, if memory serves me well, on the evening of CJ dismissal , Musharf came to the live broadcasted TV program Capitol Talk with Hamid Mir and publicaly appologized for the police actions of that day. Now!, can anyone tell me as to how many "PAkistani Politicans" in the last 60 years have ever remotely done that?
Shair Khan Mar 29, 2013 08:12am
Pakistan is a nation of ungrateful people....
Ahmed Mar 29, 2013 08:17am
Why cant we train our shoe-throwers to be more accurate?
Irtiza Mar 29, 2013 08:33am
Height of badtamazi
Jawad Mar 29, 2013 04:23pm
It is unfortunate that in the 90s Pakistan produced soo many sub-standard, pseudo proffesionals (Doctors, Journalists and in particular the lawyers, whose failures both at the proffesional and personal levels have manifested into enigmatic hurt mentality.
Ahmed Basha Mar 29, 2013 08:43am
Poor lawyers, cannot throw the shoe correctly as their hands can handle only rose petals.
Raja Mar 29, 2013 08:52am
Our educated lawyers who feel proud of these uneducated acts.
Abdur Razzaque Mar 29, 2013 08:58am
"As you sow,so you reap".
khalid Mar 29, 2013 08:59am
theek kia.
Nadir Aziz Mar 29, 2013 04:18pm
The Lawyers in Pakistan do not have much to be proud of.
Ravi Ingale from University of Pune. Mar 29, 2013 09:19am
If Musharraf would be President then He might be announced Red Alert on this incident.
umair Mar 29, 2013 09:23am
Not appropriate action, shameful act of shoe throwing.
Ali Mar 29, 2013 09:24am
the lawyer who threw shoe at ex-President should never be allowed to appear in court. He has insulted the nation. Regardless of Musharraf being a good or bad man he has no right to throw shoe on him. We have had enough of these lawyers. Lawyers are responsible for the distruction of Pakistan.
umair Mar 29, 2013 09:27am
Very sorry state, no one dares to counter the corrupt in the country.................but feel dignified and honoured by doing away with such condemnable acts.
Naila Mar 29, 2013 09:34am
The shoe thrower should be arrested.
Faisal Mar 29, 2013 09:45am
This guy who throw the shoes just wanted a act..
Hussain Naqvi Mar 29, 2013 04:08pm
Musharraf though facing many challenges volunteerily returned home is a brave soldier and hope will survive honourably and meet the challenges with courgeous spirit and his oppnents will be watching his bravery.
sal Mar 29, 2013 09:59am
Lawyers chanting slogans clearly these lawyers assume Guilty unless proven innocent. They should be dis-barred, prevented from practising law ever again. Same goes for all the lawyers who have ransacked courts and attacked judges.
Ahmed Mar 29, 2013 09:59am
Those leaders who have hurt the nation's sentiment are treated with a reward of a single shoe while I expect many so-called leaders who have committed atrocities, looted country's wealth, not paid income tax, not paying utility bills, will be hanged on the roads by the people of Pakistan. The time is changing very soon, be aware.
Khan Mar 29, 2013 10:00am
Poor shoe! :D
Naved Mar 29, 2013 10:02am
The shoe thrower should be punished for his third class action. This way of protest is totally unacceptable.
Ahmed Mar 29, 2013 10:03am
Where were you Mr. Ali when Musharraf was insulting the whole nation. Are you a sensible man?
Alas Mar 29, 2013 10:03am
I feel sorry ... for the shoe ofcourse
Ahmed Mar 29, 2013 10:05am
You are quite right. He said he is not afraid of anybody then why he was afraid of Bush who also was treated by shoes.
Imran Mar 29, 2013 10:09am
Why !! Did he throw it at the tooth fairy ??
Imran Mar 29, 2013 10:12am
We should introduce a shoe throwing subject with practicals for students of class 1. After all in our pathetic state of economy and corruption, half of the students drop out before reaching metric. Train them young ..
Ahmed Mar 29, 2013 10:13am
What do you mean by educated? Who are educated people in Pakistan? Is there any respect of the Pakistanis in the world?
faruqi Mar 29, 2013 11:20pm
The country should relish the era of musharraf after seeing what zardari has done to this country in 5 years.
ali Mar 29, 2013 10:22am
" he might be announced red alert " matlab ?
beg Mar 29, 2013 10:01pm
the only blunder mush commited was NRO and leaving us with zardari likes to ruin this country
Zafar Iqbal Mar 29, 2013 10:25am
shoe was thrown for cheap publcity by a simply B.A. LLB . nothing can be expected good from these black coat mafia .
Asif Kashmiri Mar 29, 2013 10:26am
Shameful act by the lawyer.
Khawar Khyam Mar 29, 2013 10:28am
Another dictator is getting away with the help of his friends. What about red warrant against him. He should be put on so called ECL . Every one should watch him where he has landed and who is giving him protection.
bilal Mar 29, 2013 10:29am
totally disgusted by this act...arrest the guy who threw the shoe and throw away the keys...some people are so illetrate...LONG LIVE MUSHARRAF !!!!!
Mohammad Mar 29, 2013 10:33am
was the last five years of ppp govt.most respectable days for pakistani people?
Bbbb Mar 29, 2013 10:35am
He should be arrested for missing the target. What does he think he is, a member of the national cricket team?
Bbbb Mar 29, 2013 10:36am
Wrong, not the 'red alert' but the 'shoe alert'.
Shams Uddin Mar 29, 2013 10:37am
This rant of i did wrong because he did wrong needs to stop or it will never end, Even if that was wrong one needs to do the right thing in reply, Do protest but in a right way......
MSAlvi Mar 29, 2013 10:41am
That is one of the lawyers. The lawyers in Pakistan are crooks. They are the ones who feed money to the corrupt lower judiciary.
Fedup Pakistani Mar 29, 2013 10:44am
What was important was that the shoe was thrown .....and not that it hit or miss....
A Ali Mar 29, 2013 11:10pm
Sitting far away from home, all i can tell is that only candidates who personally did anything for the country are Imran Khan and Musharraf. Imran spent his own money to build a hospital, trust and other charitable causes. Musharraf himself fought in 1965 war and saved his fellow injured comrades by risking his own life in front of artillery shells, not to mention record economic progress during his time as the president. All other candidates have not build a single school, university, hospital or have no proof for the love of their country... Show me the proof before you demand my vote..
MSAlvi Mar 29, 2013 10:46am
Mr. Ali is sensible man; you are not. Musharraf did more for Pakistan than all the other leaders so far. Ahmed, you are naive - wake up.
safdar Mar 29, 2013 10:51am
Well said...
MSAlvi Mar 29, 2013 10:52am
Pakistan is a failed state. How many people you will train and how much will you correct?
anony Mar 29, 2013 03:52pm
I'm wondering if our lawyers in Pakistan actually DO go to a law school. Even a 10 year old doesn't hurl a shoe at anyone. They seem to ILLITERATE.
AAA Mar 29, 2013 11:10am
I totally agree with bilal
Gerry D'Cunha Mar 29, 2013 11:13am
lawyers in pakistan are the biggest cheats themself - they flee the poor people of their hard earned money who take their service to defend them they are very good lawyers for their mistakes and very good judges for others mistakes
Tayyab Mar 29, 2013 11:17am
Good for Musharaf, He deserve more than it.
AAA Mar 29, 2013 11:19am
I agree with sal
Zafar Iqbal Mar 29, 2013 11:20am
just for the sake of cheap publicity.
AAA Mar 29, 2013 11:22am
Yes I agree with you ALI. they are the real criminals
AAA Mar 29, 2013 11:24am
ahmed I think you have lost all senses
hyderphd74 Mar 29, 2013 03:41pm
What about transfer of funds to himself?
AAA Mar 29, 2013 11:26am
khali show on you face
Habib Rahman Mar 29, 2013 03:41pm
I respect Musharraf to come to Pakistan and face the court.There are no corruption charges against.When Musharraf was in power, Pakistan was one of the fastest growing country with 7% GDP growth (ZAIDI) with low inflation of 6.6%, low dficit of 4.3%and FDI of 5.5B$ (NAUMAN) and leave behinf foreign exchang of 18.4B$ (SIR AJAZ RASHEED) in 2007 while he inherited liquid foreign exchang of 700 millio dollars (SIR AJAZ RASHEED) and over all foreign exchange was only 1.1B$ (DR.ISHRAT HUSAIN). he paid IMF and got rid of IMF during his govt.It shame that ppp and next govt has to go back to IMF two time in five years which will result further depreciation of rupee and more inflation.Just remember itwas 62 ruppees to a dollar in2007. it is now 100 rupees to a dollars, doubling the cost of living.Just remember there is no two years law degree outside of PAkistan and INDIA ,the lawyers behave like a clowns.
AAA Mar 29, 2013 11:29am
a razzaq during his Government period Economic was on sound footing, not so much killings. Now & in day's of na sharif what was there?
Urooj khan Mar 29, 2013 11:40am
Shameful act ,,, it will only increase support for musharaf ,,he kept his words ,he came back now appearing before courts. Deserves respect , not this .
AAA Mar 29, 2013 11:42am
they have no knowledge of laww
concerned Mar 29, 2013 11:45am
This is a shameful act.Pakistan is sleeping and taking no action against corrupt government ministers, seniors included.
Wondering Mar 29, 2013 11:47am
You mean punish for not the accurate throw?
khalil Mar 29, 2013 12:01pm
Very cheap act by these so called lawyers! Im a PTI supporter in UK, but I salute Musharraf for returning to Pakistan to face the courts - only brave and courageous people do this. Proove him guilty first then play these cheap shots. What a set of clowns... they should be in a circus.
raja hindustani Mar 29, 2013 01:49pm
He joined the elite league of people like Bush ;)
ZX Mar 29, 2013 12:24pm
What did he expect? Spent 8 years in power and left the country with Zardari !!
Bushra gillani Mar 29, 2013 12:31pm
Obnoxious....Cheap people show their cheap mentality by doing such kind of it doesn't matter what ever they do...
Asfandyar wazir Mar 29, 2013 12:34pm
It might have been a publicity stunt but it was also a manifestation of our hurt mentality, an expression of our collective helplessness. it is ironic that the juridical state is protecting a violater of human rights. Journalists were beaten and murdered in cold blood, political workers kiddnapped, tortured and killed. the way he dealt with the question of militancy, the baloch nationalists and the red mosque, not to mention his political adventures, we should be ashamed of discussing the show thrower and moral values rather than the dictor who is busy in a shameless act of self-glorification.
Agha Ata (USA) Mar 29, 2013 12:51pm
Well said. :)
Facts Mar 29, 2013 12:58pm
Watch the attitude of those who dislike Musharraf. It looks they are real criminal. The have no tolerance. You can dislike anyone but not harm him. Stay cool for Zardari, He has not harmed anyone. He will be remembered as a President who steered this country to freedom, to democracy, fight against terrorism, tolerance, a working system and supremacy of parliament, respect to judiciary, reconciliation, path of consultation, transfer of power to provinces, transfer of funds to provinces and many more, more and more
Cyrus Howell Mar 29, 2013 01:06pm
I know a young Pakistani with a law degree who owns and drives a taxi cab in Chicago. It is hardly Musharraf's fault he did not find work as a lawyer in Pakistan. I you ask me, Pakistan has too many lawyers.
Ali Mar 30, 2013 08:29am
Why is Kayani giving special VIP security to Musharraf? If he is so interested in favouring him then he should do it from his own pocket. The only achievement of Kayani's term extension has been protecting corrupt former generals like Aslam Beg and now Musharraf
Chanpeer Mar 30, 2013 12:34pm
Right man for the right job in the country.... Pervez Musharraf
Syed A, Zafar USA Mar 30, 2013 12:54pm
Dear Khalid. This is tragedy and set back that our liberals/secular media including English newspapers who pretend to be the advocates of democracy, indirectly support the cause/agenda of religious extremists and the enemies of Pakistan in the name of freedom and democracy. They maintain double standard for lots of internal/external reasons in my opinion. They play the game of "Toofaan bhee uthaay rakh-kho, aur bundh bhee bandhnay kee baat karo" (practicing hypocrisy). That is why the outside commentators/lobbyists (most of the time Indian Hindus who do not leave any chance to interfere in the internal matters of Pakistan and defaming our country) love to make heroes out of some of our liberal writers/scholars. It is shame. I wish we were sincere and united to support nothing but true democracy and true leaders instead of supporting same old thugs and sudden messiahs in the name of democracy. It takes conscience.
kausik Mar 30, 2013 07:26pm
It is mind boggling why Musharraf came back now the Govt has to spend large sums of money and personal to protect this guy who destroyed Democracy in Pakistan instead of using resources to protecting innocent children.they should have refused entry to him and send back to London.
xploit Mar 31, 2013 12:50am
what u expect from this country where people die just becoze of their faith or sect this was only shoe thrown and so called lawyer who defend these murderers in the name of religion or country MUSHI IS OK
G.A. Mar 31, 2013 04:18am
Blame social media for putting him under the illusion that he is popular. I bet there was a bigger crowd of supporters seeing him off at London and Dubai airports and that's why no one showed up in Karachi. The General must've missed that.