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

ISLAMABAD: The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) has said its chief retired Gen Pervez Musharraf will accept whatever decision the Supreme Court takes on Friday about his arrest.

Speaking at a press conference after the Islamabad High Court rejected the former military ruler’s plea for bail before arrest on Thursday, APML secretary general Dr Mohammad Amjad denied that Gen Musharraf had fled from the court and said he had been taken to his farmhouse in Chak Shahzad only to protect him from agitated lawyers on the court’s premises.

“The Supreme Court is our last hope and we believe that it will provide justice to Gen Musharraf and, if not, he will surrender himself,” he said.

The escape of the former president from the court has raised many questions about the role of the caretaker set-up and its failure to arrest him soon after the rejection of his bail plea by Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of the IHC.

“After the court’s decision no police came to take Gen Musharraf into custody and some agitated lawyers tried to attack him. Therefore, he was taken to his farmhouse,” Mr Amjad said.

About the IHC’s judgment, he said the charges levelled against the former president were bailable, but he had been punished under the anti-terrorism act which could not be applied to this case.

Terming a group of lawyers from Rawalpindi ‘111 Brigade’ of the Supreme Court, he alleged that they had thrashed AMPL supporters on Wednesday and wanted to attack Gen Musharraf on the IHC premises.

In reply to a question about the retired general’s future plans, Mr Amjad said: “Tomorrow a bail before arrest plea would be filed in the Supreme Court and if his house is declared a sub-jail before Friday morning a request for bail after arrest would be submitted.”

He said Gen Musharraf’s lawyers had approached the Supreme Court in the evening, but it declined to entertain them in the absence of the IHC order. “We tried to get the written order of the court, but could not obtain it till 4pm,” he said.

He claimed that the apex court in a separate case relating to article 6 of the constitution had recently ordered that Gen Musharraf should not be arrested because of security concerns and that he should also be exempted from personally appearing before courts.

Asked if any attempt had been made by police to arrest Gen Musharraf, Mr Amjad said some senior officers of the Islamabad police had visited his palatial farmhouse in the evening but only discussed issues relating to his security.

A source in the interior ministry said the local administration and police wanted to declare his house a sub-jail so that they could technically claim that the former president had been arrested on the court’s orders.

According to sources, the caretaker government is in a fix over how to handle the situation because the arrest of a former army chief is unprecedented in the country. But it has to comply with the court’s orders.

In reply to a question, the APML secretary general said the party would take part in the May 11 elections even its chief was arrested. He claimed that 1,100 people had applied for the party’s tickets, but 148 were awarded tickets for national and 212 for provincial assembly seats.

Comments (11) Closed

wahid Apr 19, 2013 02:07am
The judiciary and the apex courts must demonstrate that they are indeed independent of political interference as well as of their own prejudices and bias. Those involved in this noble profession must respect the rights of the accused and remain patient and permit the due process to take place . Am I asking too much?
Hannan, Investment Manager, Citizen Bank, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Apr 19, 2013 02:13am
Everyone knows our majority of lawyers are liars and paid puppets. Will siding Musharraf will make country to flourish, if some one thinks YES then he is living in Disney land? Zardari an American agent has done so much negative which do not need explanation. If our courts make their decisions with justice (a rare thought) then all political leaders should be given capital punishment.
Kamal Apr 19, 2013 02:15am
Why a serving or Retired Army Chief is above the law? If an elected PM like Bhutto can be executed on false charges, why MUSH cannot be arrested for his actions? He was an absconder for many years. Why he needs to be bailed and bailed? Is law only for poor people? What kind of country are we?
Muhammad Farooq Apr 19, 2013 02:20am
he should face the music now and clear himself of all the charges levelled against him if he really can.
ZF Apr 19, 2013 03:16am
Our great leader....I hope justice prevails...and not that only selective people get punished....what can we expect from Nawaz Sharif's courts...
ali Apr 19, 2013 03:50am
Gen sahaib stayed in power for a long period of time and yet have not learn abc of politics. when you present yourself in front of court, then you respect it. you are not Heading a corps commander meeting where one can run away. Had he surrendered yesterday to police, he would have been hero for his modesty and respect for law.
khan Apr 19, 2013 03:55am
Shame on our Law, poor is arrested in Court after bail rejection and Rish and Powerful can avade arrest and still they are thinking what to do?? HOW can you expect free and fair election in a country and Care taker government like this???
Muhammad Kamran Arain Apr 19, 2013 06:01am
So he is too big to comply with High Court orders, he will comply if its the supreme court, The hypocrite. The brave commando is actually a cowardly coward. He can handover his own citizens to the US, but is afraid of jail.
qaisar Apr 19, 2013 09:33am
who going to correct the LAW , lets take a look at Raja Rental case what happen nothing, what about article 62, 63 nothing happen all with fake degrees and corrupt politicians are again fighting for a seat .... its the system that is not correct and individuals are taking personal benefits from it. do think about it
Chanpeer Apr 19, 2013 12:37pm
Applause to judiciary... who cannot give justice to common masses....but always goes behind poilitcal motivated cases...we donot need this something good for masses
Aamir Apr 19, 2013 02:56pm
Biased Judiciary. Hungry for vendetta and revenge. This guy has fought so many wars for the country. Put his life at risk for Pakistan. Then lifted Pakistan among the top 11 fastest growing countries economically. Other countries started respecting Pakistan because of him. We should be thankful to him and not malign his dignity. Shame on the courts and narrow visioned full of revenge politicians.