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Musharraf arrested, kept in police HQ

Published Apr 19, 2013 08:35am


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In this Sunday, March 24, 2013 photo, former president Pervez Musharraf gestures upon his arrival at Karachi airport. — Photo by AP

ISLAMABAD: General (retd) Pervez Musharraf was shifted to the police headquarters in Islamabad from his farmhouse residence at Chak Shahzad on Friday, hours after the former military ruler surrendered himself to the authorities in the judges' detention case.

He surrendered himself earlier today before appearing in the court of judicial magistrate Raja Abbas Shah in Islamabad.

The judge issued an order for a two-day-long transit remand of Musharraf. The order also added clause 780-A pertaining to terrorism in the list of charges against the former army strongman.

During the hearing, petitioner's counsel, Advocate Mohammad Bilal Mughal, requested the court for a 15-day-long physical remand of the former president, whereas Musharraf's lawyer, Qamar Afzal, asked for a judicial remand for his client.

The court observed that the list of charges against Musharraf in the judges' detention case entailed terrorism clauses which was why bail could not be granted to the retired general without him surrendering to authorities.

Moreover, police told the court that Musharraf's life was in danger which was why his farmhouse residence needed to be declared a sub-jail.

Subsequently, the court added clause 780-A to the list of charges against Musharraf and ordered a two-day-long transit remand for the former president. An official at the court confirmed the order.

Musharraf will now appear before a special anti-terrorist court on April 21.

A spokesman for Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party said: “General Musharraf has been sent on a two-day judicial remand and he will stay at his farmhouse.”

APML spokesman Muhammad Amjad said the magistrate had ordered Musharraf to appear before an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi after two days.

“Musharraf himself surrendered before the court Friday morning,” Amjad said, denying media reports that he had been arrested prior to going to court.

Also today, Interior Minister Malik Muhammad Habib Khan informed the Senate that Musharraf was already in government’s custody and that the former military ruler‘s Chak Shahzad residence had been declared a sub-jail.

It is the first time that the judiciary has ordered the arrest of a former army chief of staff.

Musharraf had been on the run after fleeing from the premises of the Islamabad High Court in the wake of the cancellation of his bail on Thursday.  Twenty-four hours had passed since Musharraf's escape from the IHC. His bail was cancelled in the judges’ detention case by IHC’s Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui on Thursday.

In its written judgement, the IHC had ordered that: “He (Musharraf) be taken into custody and dealt with in accordance with law.”

Judges’ detention case

The case is based on an FIR against the retired general registered in August 11, 2009 on the complaint of Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Ghumman advocate.

He had asked the police to initiate legal proceedings against Musharraf for detaining over 60 judges, including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, after proclamation of a state of emergency in the country on November 3, 2007.

The case is one of three against Musharraf in Pakistani courts. He is also accused of involvement in a conspiracy to murder Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and over the 2006 killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Khan Bugti.

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 this week, 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.

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khan Apr 19, 2013 03:58am
A bit too late, damage is already done:(
Abdul Hai Apr 19, 2013 03:59am
Tum se pehle bhi jo ik shakhs yahan takht nashin tha Us ko bhi khuda honey ka - itna he yaqeen tha
ZF Apr 19, 2013 04:02am
I pray that the mistakes he did before...will not repeat...and thoroughly defeat the corrupt, illtiterate and technically flawed leaderships such as Zardari, Nawaz wishes to him
Nadeem Apr 19, 2013 04:09am
Don't try to ridicule the army . You will regret it. If there was no army this country would not survive even for one month.
SBB Apr 19, 2013 04:13am
Every news story about Mr. Musharraf reduced my respect for him by a little bit. And this story reduces it even more!
naz Apr 19, 2013 04:26am
Pakistani politics will not let any clean or sincere person to get rid of dirty politics players-------------in short Musharraf saheb made a mistake of coming back.Sorry to say Pakistani public welcomes the leaders with flower petals and distribute sweets but after sometime they treat them bad like throwing shoes screaming and shouting on the streets--------------------then comes the next group of politicians worse than that.--------------------
Junaid Nadeem Apr 19, 2013 04:29am
Detaining someone in a farm house build on acres with every facility you could possibly want or need, isn't really same as throwing someone in jail. Are the adiala jail, and others reserved for politicians? Its absolutely ridiculous to be giving him this special treatment.
Farhan Apr 19, 2013 04:39am
This is shameful - the court has shown that it's running a vendetta while ECP has obviously overstepped its jurisdiction. How can they bar Musharraff based on a case that is sub-judice?
Shair Khan Apr 19, 2013 04:46am
Justice needs to be blind and same Justice should be applied to all people. With President Musharraf arrest why we are also putting all the PCO judges including the current Chief Justice of Pakistan. All the MNA and Senators that voted for LFO and the core commanders of the army.
Faisal Apr 19, 2013 04:57am
Another Leader in Making....
Zavia Apr 19, 2013 05:32am
WOW - What a Stunt. Hatsoff Judiciary
Nadeem Apr 19, 2013 05:54am
Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui is a very brave man, I salute him. Musharraf must be trialed and he should be punished if he found guilty.
Abid Dasti Apr 19, 2013 05:57am
Sir, Your news is wrong till 11:00 am The spokesman of Chief Commissioner Islamabad has said that the residence of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has not yet been delcared a sub-jail as the office has not received any such directives.
Waleed Apr 19, 2013 06:02am
poor musharaf..
SMA Apr 19, 2013 06:02am
Sorry. Mr Musharaf, you are not deserve to live in Pakistan, because democracy is the best revenge.
Mustafa Apr 19, 2013 06:14am
I pray to Allah Subhanahu Ta-lla to create More Musharrafs to save Jinnah's Pakistan from the enemies within Pakistan.
Yasir Khan Apr 19, 2013 06:28am
Dont give up Musharraf.. face them.. everyone has made mistakes.. Accept and apologies.. the people on the other end have done 100 times worse things and they are walking around freely... Army should not let anyone hurt Musharraf's integrity.. He is here and facing the consequences unlike our so called corrupt politicians who run out of the country and then come back when the coast is clear.. Respect that... he's the man.. Kiyani should step up and resolve the conflict between the judges and Musharraf.. Stop hiding and come out of GHQ Gen Kiyani.. Musharraf represents you as well.. If this guy goes down then you all will look jokers and no one will ever respect you... Cheif Justice Sahab, you already won the struggle so be a big man and forgive him.. He was once the pride of this country... No matter what you have done Mr.Musharraf, I know for sure you are better then the political scum eating our country.. and Mr.Nawaz sharif, we all know what you have done in the past and how you have gained your wealth.. Don't forget how Musharraf let you go when you were in jail.. You were the one who was ready to sacrifice a complete airbus full of people to keep your political rule.. lets act mature and let him out with respect.. Musharraf I respect you. the way you openly fought on media with India for your army and this country, I hope this country, the judges, Gen Kiyaani would step up for you...
Ghaffar Khan Apr 19, 2013 06:43am
We have been hearing the expression "no one is above the law" in Pakistan for many years from politicians but when it comes to implementing, it seems Musharraf is above the law as it signifies that there is no person,group or an authority that can ignore or abide the law, but Musharraf can because he is proudly supporting himself that he did not do anything against law and does his lawyer. Therefore, it leads to the fact that everyone is restricted by law, but not Musharraf thats why he is in sub-jail :).
public Apr 19, 2013 06:58am
Actually this all drama is written by ruling party, pakistan definitely need a well educated ruler not a ruler who is illiterate. I would say left Mr.musharaf for the public to decide either he has done a crime or not ?
B R Chawla Apr 19, 2013 08:02am
Poor General. Could not see the enemy within. He has entrapped in a web o his own making. He in finished unless Military steps in and brings in another martial law to which the country is used to. Chawla
Abdur Razzaque Apr 19, 2013 08:02am
The Court proved his name,so they offered him a fair game! It again proved that no one is above the Laws.
Mushtaq Ahmad Apr 19, 2013 08:07am
Chanpeer Apr 19, 2013 08:37am
All politicians and other anarchists are trying to hide their sins behind Musharraf. Musharraf was not flawless but he was the better ruler ever in Pakistan.
elcay Apr 19, 2013 09:37am
Is he not eligible to immunity clause of the Constitution?
Zulfqar Apr 19, 2013 09:56am
What Joke Farm House is Jail?
Ali Apr 19, 2013 10:01am
Kayani zindabad, well done you deserve Noble prize for protecting Aslam Beg, Musharraf and Durrani
NGuard Apr 19, 2013 10:06am
I hope Military will stay out and let the judicial system take its course. Enough is enough, no one is above the laws of the land.
akhter husain Apr 19, 2013 10:22am
Justice is too precious a thing to be given to all and sundry.Specially chosen person has the last word nay last laugh.
Ali Apr 19, 2013 10:25am
Shame on the Pakistan and Pakistanis
Naila Apr 19, 2013 10:27am
Before, I was against Musharraf for his Lal Masjid operation, but the way he has been treated by the politicians, judges and lawyers, now I am all for him
Umar Farooque Apr 19, 2013 10:32am
Every dictator has a fall in the history.
akhter husain Apr 19, 2013 10:33am
One must differentiate between story and the real facts but we are blind to it.
deepu Apr 19, 2013 10:35am
The pre-requisite to qualify being a Pakistani Leader is met and now he could be pardoned as usual!
akhter husain Apr 19, 2013 10:35am
No one learns the lessons.The present lot is also not different
Soetrisno Apr 19, 2013 10:38am
What did he think when he returned to Pakistan? Was he expecting a red carpet? I think he took a suicidal decision in returning to Pakistan. No surprise if he is hanged like Bhutto was.
Mr. Khan Apr 19, 2013 10:58am
What a brave man, who came to Pakistan to face the courts, think neutrally if he would culprit he came, never, he might take some wrong decision but overall everything was in favour of Pakistan, Just compare the era of Mushraff and now, You will find the difference, Be Pakistani.
khan Apr 19, 2013 11:00am
I waited half an hour on the road for his convoy to pass with no interruption, why special treatment for him even after court ordered to arrest him. he should have surrendered rite there
a.khan Apr 19, 2013 11:01am
and yes. if we are a true democracy then we should have a democratic system not leaders...
Imran Apr 19, 2013 11:01am
No matter what anyone says. Musharraf does not deserve this treatment. He should be allowed to contest elections and May the best (fair) man win. These PPP and others have messed up the country good. If they can be allowed to run for elections then why not Musharraf ?
a.khan Apr 19, 2013 11:05am
bro, an A class jail is better than any farm house, the tell me so. I have never been in jail myself. I'm just not big enough.
P.Mishra Apr 19, 2013 11:14am
Wah wah. This is quite appropriet.
a.khan Apr 19, 2013 11:19am
very right! they [politicians] have messed up and have always gotten away with it.
Ragh Apr 19, 2013 11:25am
Musharraf does deserve this treatment.
Zeeshan Khan Apr 19, 2013 11:27am
Let the law take its due course. He should be dealt with fair treatment to prove that law is supreme irrespective of whether someone is of high position or a common man.
a.khan Apr 19, 2013 11:27am
very right. Our politicians have messed up, not to mention the millions [no make that billions] they have minted and gotten away with it. When will WE take suo motu action???
Ali Apr 19, 2013 11:36am
We are all dead people. We know it is unfair treatment but do not have the courage to stand with him - I include my self in this list. We were all happy during his tenor. There was no shortage of food, clothing, shelter... rooti , kapra, makaan... Our economy was doing pretty good and we were not arrested by IMF policies. Our salaries were constantly incresing and the jobs oppurtunity was wide open.... People from outside paksitan ex-pat were coming back to Pakistan as beilive in the real growth and oppurtunities.... Where do we stand NOW... who should be blamed... Its time now to stand up and raise our voice... stand with the person who has served this country honestly.
ASH Apr 19, 2013 11:36am
Musharraf is one in a long list of unskilled and mediocre individuals who grabbed power in the guise of benefitting the country. All of them have a history of misappropriating the wealth of the country for themselves. All of them have brought infamy and failure to the country. All of them have a history of "inventing" stories concerning the misdeeds that are attributable to the country. These facts have been published by respectable journalists around the world. Musharraf should be tried for all his crimes and be treated as an ordinary citizen without any further privileges.
Pakistani Apr 19, 2013 11:38am
Shame on Musharaf and his sympathizers.
Ali Apr 19, 2013 11:39am
If Imran is an honest Pakistani he should stand with Musharraf. Both of them are well aware that they can bring change. Imran should join hands with Musharraf for sake of this country. I know lot of people may start doubting Imran after this move.. He may face some embarissment but standing for the truth and shaking hands for the sake of saving Pakistan is above your own reputation
Zack Apr 19, 2013 11:45am
Gladiator in the Making, God Bless Musharraf, his honesty pays off.
Goga Nalaik Apr 19, 2013 11:50am
Though I'm not his voter but I really appreciated two acts of Musharaf : - his operation against sipahe sahaba - his operation against laal masjid bandits Unfortunately in our country, some biased journalists have been able to convert bandits into shaheed and vice versa ...
Khalid, Muhammad Apr 19, 2013 11:52am
Yep, another leader in making, but would be only illegal kid of Judiciary.
Farhan Apr 19, 2013 11:59am
Once upon a time the country was progressing, the GDP was all time high, universities were being developed everywhere, fresh graduates use to get good jobs, there was excess development budget, local governments used to get elected, the IMF programme was eliminated, and countless other things for which a normal citizen would be proud of
wizarat Apr 19, 2013 12:02pm
His first charge: He supported Karachiites 2nd Charge: Honesty 3rd Charge: None of his cabinet members were CORRUPT, nor was he. Thats what you get to love Pakistan
G.A. Apr 19, 2013 12:12pm
What was his comment about tension between pillars of state? I think one of the pillars must've said that he no longer works for them. Trying to bring clash between the army and the judiciary - Pakistan could really do without such 'rescues'.
Muhammad Sohail Iftikhar Apr 19, 2013 12:27pm
"Drama" is the word!...
Michael Malcolm Apr 19, 2013 01:06pm
The people and the Media who are making hay out of his personal surrender and coming voluntary to Pakistan will be in for a rude shock when the real trial will open and the election would hit the roof with many many stalwarts including the Judiciary will come into the web . The masses will have the last laugh at all those now laughing and making mockery of the general. Wait and watch. Allah will unshackle him and wrath of GOD will be hurled on those who are now lying profusely.
Michael Malcolm Apr 19, 2013 01:13pm
When Poor Peoples Plunderer( PPP ) pass the amassed wealth to those who are in helm of affairs to speak out and act against the General then you cannot do anything. The truth hurts so they are taking advantage of the lies they have.
Dr. Mazhar Apr 19, 2013 01:15pm
Musharaf is a great leader. What type of judicial system is this that allows Zardari as president of Pakistan.
Michael Malcolm Apr 19, 2013 01:21pm
We must not judge a person from hear and what we read but from what and how he performs result orientated. The key reason to put so many obstacles for Mushrraf is that he will tell the nation in his election compaign what he did with proof and what the People plunderers did in last 5 years. Its simple as it is. Take it from me. He would upset the apple cart with rotten politicians and some backers of them.
Salman Apr 19, 2013 01:22pm
Musharraf is not the only one on trial here. This is the biggest trial of the supremacy of LAW in Pakistan. Justice, not only must be served, it has to be SEEN to be served. Supreme court of Pakistan You are also on trial here. Don't let us down. Be Fair.
debater Apr 19, 2013 01:23pm
The day democracy will prevail in the country is the day when we can put on trial all our leaders even when in power including the chief justice of Pakistan without the worry Sue Muto. In the same breath I should have mentioned their family members including sons.
Shahbaaz Apr 19, 2013 01:26pm
Salute to a brave man Musharraf. He has done more for Pakistan than people who are doing this to him.
bilal Apr 19, 2013 01:27pm
Michael Malcolm Apr 19, 2013 01:32pm
Shame on the nation who do not see the courage of a man to come and face the false charges. What a shame one man has got the whole country and its Institution at a stand still. Nobody is talking about election. They are all trying to save their faces . Wait and watch. Mark my words.
rafiq meghani Apr 19, 2013 01:34pm
I totally agree with you. Besides I can see in him a patriotic person, if we watch Indian interviews, how slammed those bias anchors.
Jebe Noyon Apr 19, 2013 01:46pm
I would like to see how many of these civillians talking so much would have laid their lives on the line for their nation - say what you will, the man is a patriot - and as per Allah "The end is best for the righteous"
Zafar Malik Apr 19, 2013 01:48pm
short sighted judges semi-literate lawyers, selfish and corrupt politicians are bent on destroying the country. Persecution of an honest leader like Musharraf might have far reaching and unpleasant consequences for the country.
ayub Apr 19, 2013 01:52pm
The accountability should be started across the board, and whoever, have plundered the wealth of this poor country, should be brought to justice. The trial of such people should not exceeds 6 months at the most. They are inherently cowardice, and if once put into unfavorable condition, they would quickly confess their crimes, and surrender the stolen wealth back. This is a matter of only 6 months, after that the country would never beg for any financial aid from foreign donors.
Abdullah N Apr 19, 2013 01:58pm
Well a brave man came back, evidently a big challenge to supremo of MQM.See if can come back & face the music.
Assad Apr 19, 2013 02:07pm
Unless we are a nation of ingrates, most will realize that as a politician, Musharraf has done better for Pakistan than any other politicians on the horizon. If Musharraf is to be charged with something and made an example of, then lets go back to the 1999 takeover and see who acquiesced to his takeover and allowed it. The current CJP and many on the SC bench would be foremost on the list. Yet the judicial activism is not even fair in its approach. They are selectively picking so they (the judiciary) cannot be implicated in the takeover to which they were a party. If Musharraf is guilty of treason, so are all the PCO judges (including the CJP) and many others in the various political parties and security establishment for going along hand in glove. If want to set this right, go for everyone here, otherwise this looks absolutely like victimization.
Raaj Verma, Bhopal Apr 19, 2013 02:08pm
Gen. Musharraf has on number of times betrayed India eg; Agra Summit and Kargil yet this man has done yoeman service for his country. Pakistan today is at the verge of collapse with a man like Zardari heading the State. Pakistan Railways is in doldrums, the power sector is fused and to top it all there is no will to fight terrorism. Musharraf should be allowed to contest election and let the people decide what they want.
Gulbaz Mushtaq Apr 19, 2013 02:20pm
It is "section 7, ATA". ATA is short of Anti Terroris Act. It is not clause 780-A. Not criticising, just corrected because people read Dawn not only to get news but to learn. "The order also added 'clause 780-A' pertaining to terrorism in the list of charges against the former army strongman."
Rizwan Hamid USA Apr 19, 2013 02:31pm
Nawaz Sharif as Prime Minister was Musharaf's boss and had every right to replace him. Taking over the government by coup is treason. Plain and simple. In civilized countries, you take your case to court, not overthrow a government at gun point. His subsequent rule and then suspending the constitution was all treason. He deserves nothing less than a death sentence regardless of weather he was an angel or not. Socrates, who was once wrongly condemned by court, accepted the decision in order to protect democracy and the rule of law. His answer to the wrong judgement was, " If I don't accept this wrong decision today, people will not accept right decisions tomorrow, and rule of law and democracy will fail. If the courts and the current government fail to bring Musharaf to justice, we will never assure ourselves that a future military takeover will not happen. Already, he is being treated as a VIP in the courts. Proof of his acts of treason are well documented. He should have been put in jail awaiting trial like any other criminal. Gen. Kiyani should also make a public statement that the military will not try to protect him not facilitate his escape from the country. He seems to make random statements about policy as if he was the supreme authority, why is he silent now ? If we can prove that military is helping Musharaf, then all involved should also be charged in aiding and abetting a criminal
gangadin Apr 19, 2013 02:32pm
People like Musharraf should end their career in grace, retire and live peacefully. Time and again we see this with Muslims all over. Most recent examples would be Saddam Hussain, Ghaddafi, Tunisian leader and Egypts' Mubarak. Step down while time is on your side.
JACK IYER Apr 19, 2013 02:36pm
This happens only in Pakistan. Someone who is honest, declares his tax returns every year and have nothing to hide; goes to jail. This country was founded for lords, is owned and run by lords. I hope people of Pakistan understand and may God give people of Pakistan enough intelligence to recognize between good and bad. MAY GOD BLESS PAKISTAN.
Sheikh Apr 19, 2013 02:38pm
IK has bigger fish to fry as of right now... would'nt you think?
sohail Apr 19, 2013 02:39pm
ya i am aloso stand with musharaf,he is my leader
Akram Apr 19, 2013 02:44pm
why do Pakistanis believe everything is a conspiracy? People who believe in conspiracy theories don't live in the real world.
Syed Asghar Hussain Apr 19, 2013 02:45pm
Really? Is it a dream or a dream within a dream? Rings a bell? Yes, you got it right - Inception. :)
Syed A. Zafar (USA) Apr 19, 2013 02:46pm
It is unfortunate that our judiciary, its subordinate courts, its right wing petitioners/masters and sworn enemies of Mr. Musharraf seem working together to settle personal/political scores with Mr. Musharraf and other political opponents, and it does not matter if it violates judicial norms, ethics and their conflict of interests while trying a common political/ideological enemy. Let us go back a little bit and recall what a sworn enemy of Mr. Musharraf and the lead organizer of lawyers movement said in a public gathering during CJ saga, he said "I swear upon, God after the reinstatement of CJ Iftekhar Malik, the judiciary will be independent and every problem of Pakistan will be gone" O' yes, all problems of Pakistan are gone, our judiciary is completely independent, the judges, the RO's and ECP are free for selective dispensation of justice and same is the case seems with lawless lawyers and Arsalan Malik who are free to do whatever it takes to prove that they are above the law, they can't be arrested and prosecuted. In other words our judiciary is privately owned and operated by the right wing political parties. It is shame that on one hand this judiciary seems biased and motivated by personal vendettas and on the other hand it claims to be independent and fair. For the sake of argument if this judiciary and its right wing supporters believe that their opponents have committed crimes, why they do not request an outside independent panel of judges and legal experts to come and help Pakistan in investigating and trying cases against Mr. Musharraf and other political opponents in order to find what is truth behind the made up political cases. After all these are high profile cases and being linked with the murders of Benazir, Bugti and the terrorists of red mosque. Why it is important for CJ and his buddy justices to serve the interests of their religious/political masters who rescued and reinstated them through mob politics? And why it is important for such politically motivated PCO justices to be the part and in charge of the trials against their own political enemies? And why it is important for this judiciary to help and qualify its own political supporters (PMLN leaders) for the third term election even after they are known corrupt leaders, NAB has declared them guilty after investigation and in the past they have physically attacked SC, assaulted and sacked judges? And how come the most disqualified election contestants are from other than right wing religious/political parties? and how come the least disqualified election contestants are from the right wing parties like PTI. PMLN and JI? Hey, hall of fame judiciary! what is going on and what are you up to? Are these final touches part of religious extremists mission to bring back the "ZIA ERA" and once it is achieved every thing will be made calm and smooth for the coming messiah and the extremists/terrorists will be sent back to their hide outs?
Munna Hamza Apr 19, 2013 02:47pm
the country is inviting the Military Rules once again back in Pakistan :( Musharraf himself is a Nuclear Bomb for the world n for the neighbours :) we need him coz aaall the govts were highly corrupted n failed to ensure the security of life of citizens :) he was the perfect ruler during his regime :) accept the truth :) its already a divided nation :) soooo saaaad :(
Akram Apr 19, 2013 02:49pm
in Pakistan all the leaders and the non leaders consider themselves clean and sincere...even those with blood on their hands.
Karachi Wala Apr 19, 2013 02:52pm
I would have endorsed him like your, had he taken action against Lal Masjid bandits right when it all started. It seemed like he was blackmailing America and the bandits both. That is why the bandits were let loose and piled up weapons
cautious Apr 19, 2013 02:58pm
Even if everything you say is true - that doesn't give him a "free pass" to commit murder, treason or any of the alleged crimes he is charged with.
HM, Canada Apr 19, 2013 02:59pm
Musharraf does not deserve this treatment at the hands of junior corrupt judges. Release Musharraf or form unbiased special court to hear him. Not the same bunch who have grudges him. Media stop defaming him.
Shahpur Apr 19, 2013 03:00pm
Arrest is GOOD. You are in the news, on TV and Media. Pakistanis would read, and watch on TV the Musharraf drama, daily. A good entertainment and very educational. .
Sali Apr 19, 2013 03:01pm
Exactly why people deserve Zardari and Talibans. Let them have it.
HK Apr 19, 2013 03:03pm
Law should be allowed to run its course but the judges too should not be allowed to run amok. It is a pity that the repect judges earned in the aftermath of judges struggle has been sacrificed at the altar of populism and a holier than thou attitude.
Shahpur Apr 19, 2013 03:04pm
Very nice. Musharaff should be tried and the trial would bring the truth.
HK Apr 19, 2013 03:09pm
It is time some respected and impartial jurist comments on the decision of Justice Shaukat and tells the public whether it was driven more by populism or was it over the top just because there is now a vendetta relationship between Musharraf and judiciary.
Shahpur Apr 19, 2013 03:24pm
Well, if he wants to be Pakistani politician he has to learn some elementary stuff. Like getting arrested, ending up in Jails and so on.
KMA Apr 19, 2013 03:26pm
wizarat, You forgot to mention other charges that might be even bigger than what you mentioned. 4rth Charge: Bring prosperity to the people of Pakistan 5th Charge: Tried to bring back the looted money by current and past government from overseas. 6th Charge: Started the PhD program to send our bright talent overseas with scholarships. 7th Charge: Put in places policies and procedures to curb corruption by having government candidates to declare their assets before running for any government seats. well too many charges to mention here...........Yes People of Pakistan put him on trial for all these huge crimes he committed for this great country.
extinct Apr 19, 2013 03:27pm
Very true my friend... no one spares good generals... that's just history...
Umair Apr 19, 2013 03:27pm
SAL Apr 19, 2013 03:27pm
Ha ha ha!!! Law of the Land......are you joking???
bkt Apr 19, 2013 03:31pm
If Musharraf had carried out his accountability drive and sent all the corrupt people to jail, today no one would have touched him. Crowds would have come out to greet him and fight for him. But he did so many things in name only that there is no one to stand up for him now and the corrupt are still making hay
Zahid Khan Khilji Apr 19, 2013 03:34pm
Look NAila... No one should have special treatment int his country.. it is due to Musharraf that insurgency took its root in BAlochistan, it is due to Musharaaf that we were pushed into the war of terrorism and it is the aftermath of Musharraf that we are facing all these difficulties today.. if he is innocent, he would be released, but the biggest crime committed by him is that he abrogated the COnstitution and committed treason for which he could even be hanged...
I2malik Apr 19, 2013 03:44pm
This nation deserves people like Zardri, Raja Rental and Gilani likes. A nation where its citizens are dying with hunger and disease now, a nation full of Thugs and thieves does not deserve people like Musharraf.
salman Apr 19, 2013 03:49pm
wow,75 likes..nice comment man:)
farhan Apr 19, 2013 03:49pm
No one has a time to read your essay........ Go easy on words next time.
Ismail Suleman Apr 19, 2013 03:50pm
So sad to see an honest person being sent to jail who dilvered to the people of Pakistan in his 9 year rule . I am surprised at the fact that why are others not held accountable. Lets hope everything is all right. I pray to Allah that things calm down and Musharraf problems are solved and he is given an oppurtunity to persue his political career.
Shahzad Apr 19, 2013 03:50pm
That seems to have become Pakistani culture where honesty, competence and thinking outside the box does not get appreciated but taken as a threat to most of the corrupt and incompetent and illiterate so called politicians and biased and up for sale judiciary. I feel sorry for the country where people like Musharraf are put behind bars and politicians like Raja, Zardari, Amin Fahim, Gilani, Sharif brothers and many more who have all been heavily involved in corruption and other illegal actions are not only running around freely but also get green signal to run for election, pathetic!!!
hyderphd74 Apr 19, 2013 04:07pm
There are no ethics, no laws, no norms but only corruption, dishonesty and no rule of law. They want to prevent Musharraf from elections because they are afraid to lose their ill-gotten "repute". They can not stand an honest government. It is that simple.
Reas Apr 19, 2013 04:16pm
It is not decent to give humiliating photos, as given by media. He is innocent till proved guilty. Is it a crime to be a Pakistani?
Shahid Apr 19, 2013 04:18pm
You mean, An honest thief! great sense of humor.
khan Apr 19, 2013 04:18pm
Yes, he does.
Najeeb Khalid Apr 19, 2013 04:18pm
There is no greater crime than treason against a Nation. Murdering a nation is the highest crime. Others can be dealt later.
Najeeb Khalid Apr 19, 2013 04:19pm
The only truth is that Musharraf committed treason.
khan Apr 19, 2013 04:20pm
We all want the politicians for their sins. But when it comes to military rulers we are blind to even notice their sins. This guy committed murder. Murder in the name of Pakistan doesn't become a holy act.
reasonlight Apr 19, 2013 04:23pm
Gen. Musharraf was head of state and his decisions as head of state, should not be taken as terrorism. Logic does not support it. Sanity will never prevail in Pakistan, if there is no honesty, as sanity and dishonesty cannot go hand in hand.
AbuTabu Apr 19, 2013 04:25pm
60+ years after independence and yet Pakistan dont know how to rule the government. Watching Pakistan self-destruct in front of our own eyes. Failed state, sailed government, failed experiment. Even Allah cant save you now!!!
Shawn Apr 19, 2013 04:31pm
Please stay in Canada and stop interfering with Pakistan's internal affairs.
Mansoor Remtulla Apr 19, 2013 04:50pm
I hope the Military will step in and free Musharaf and put Mr. 10% (or is it 50, 60 ,70% now?) behind bars !!!!
naseem Apr 19, 2013 04:54pm
Very long narration but the bottom line is he is GUILTY, GUILTY AND GUILTY. Yes he should be given a fair trial unlike he gave to his adversaries. Remember he was not elected but came thru the power of a bullet and this should be stopped once and for all.
Zeeshan Apr 19, 2013 04:56pm
President Musharraf deserves better than this. He has made mistakes as he himself admitted but he should be allowed to contest the elections freely and let the people decide. Judiciary has improved over the years but those that have dealt with it personally will tell you its still far from being an impartial or honest organization. The biggest quality that president Musharraf has is his sincerity towards Pakistan. I truly believe him when he says "Subh Say Pehlay Pakistan". You cannot say the same for the majority of other political stalwarts in Pakistan these days.
naseem Apr 19, 2013 04:59pm
Honest my foot. Where did he get all the money to buy a million Pound plus flat in UK. as far as liking by Karachities is concerned, they were the first to reject his nomination papers for 2013 elections. The power crises today that we are facing today is because he did not add single kW to the national grid. Go check the figures
Irfan Baloch Apr 19, 2013 04:59pm
the guy who ordered his arrest after denying his bail is a party himself he has personal grudge against Musharraf due to the fact that he forms the part of those "affected" judges who were barred from leaving their homes during emergency secondly the judge had no authority to order arrest, that was the job of the authorities
E Apr 19, 2013 05:00pm
could not have said it better myself
Such bolo Apr 19, 2013 05:05pm
Why in the world he has been given special treatment. He should be arrested like any other criminal. He has the right to prove himself innocent in the court
ANSER ABBAS Apr 19, 2013 05:14pm
Musharaf Zindabad. we are with you Musharaf.
reasonlight Apr 19, 2013 05:15pm
I am not sure as how he was one. I do wish he is proved honest.
reasonlight Apr 19, 2013 05:17pm
Gen. Musharraf has not fallen so far.
Muhammad Kamran Arain Apr 19, 2013 05:20pm
Shaukat Aziz, Sherpao, Faisal Saleh have clean hands and I live on the moon
Nasim Khan Apr 19, 2013 05:24pm
Shame on you, too.
Muhammad Kamran Arain Apr 19, 2013 05:26pm
The politicians mess up with our votes, If we want someone to destroy the country they can do it if we vote for them, No usurpers please! No Army man via coup please, they should do what they are paid to do i.e. defend the country, not conquer Islamabad.
Devendra Sharma Apr 19, 2013 05:28pm
In today's situation Pervez Musharraf and Imran Khan are the best choice for Pakistan. I want to go a little further,Musharraf should be the chairman of NAB and Imran should be the next Prime Minister.
Balwanjee Apr 19, 2013 05:33pm
Hopefully all the corrupt leadership of the past, present is weeded out and vacuum cleaned, but subject to the honest and integral judiciary.
mirahamid Apr 19, 2013 05:36pm
Musharaf could be the only person to save his FAILED State where corrupt politicians,mullahs, tainted leaders and the judges have already eaten into its vitals for their selfish ends.
MRI Apr 19, 2013 05:38pm
I am not big supporter of Mr. Musharraf but before put him on trial clean up the corrupt judiciary to have him fair trial. With all disagreement with Mr. Musharraf, I still believe he was one of the best rulers for Pakistan among the crooked politicians. I also have opinion; he should allow participating in election because no one is guilty until proved.
Agha Ata (USA) Apr 19, 2013 05:40pm
junior corrupt judges? Who made you a judge to judge the judges?
Adnan Apr 19, 2013 05:45pm
It's sad that we have corrupt politician sitting and contesting and judiciary is busy to ridicul country and army !!!! I absolutely disagree that judiciary is playing their role !!!
reasonlight Apr 19, 2013 05:47pm
In this case he is not apprehended for murder or treason. The case is of Judges detention which the Gen. thought necessary as Head of State.
asim Apr 19, 2013 05:54pm
The brave man ran from the law for five years and only returned after getting no arrest bail. The brave ran from the court once bail cancelled and only surrendered to be confined in his palace. What a brave man and shame for the country.
asim Apr 19, 2013 05:59pm
So please have pity on us and go to Turkey, London or elsewhere.
Ahmer Apr 19, 2013 06:08pm
How many prisoners are allowed to stay in their own homes? Is this equality before law?
M Apr 19, 2013 06:10pm
Who r u to decide what he deserves or not, pakistan has its laws and who ever breaks them r to be tried accordingly, try doing what he did in canada and then if u ever are able to come and tell me what happened ill be much happy to listen to u
M Apr 19, 2013 06:12pm
musharaf was the most corrupt of all, if u dont respect ur citizens theres nothing left, other govs were always corrupt coz they were always brought to power by the army. and even if all the govs r highly corrupt still does not justify him coming back, he himself is so corrupt ..
Ahmer Apr 19, 2013 06:14pm
Did Musharraf treat others differently when he was in power?
M Apr 19, 2013 06:15pm
u checked his tax payments, how much did he pay, and where did his initially investments came from?
M Apr 19, 2013 06:16pm
in democracy ppl r free to chose whoever they want, even if its qaieda, if u dont like what the majority says then dont call pak a democracy.
HK Apr 19, 2013 06:23pm
You have hit the bull's eye. The partial and high handedness judiciary which is increasingly assuming the form of a vendetta will be exposed during the trial; musharraf is nothing if not articulate.
M Apr 19, 2013 06:27pm
how has he been treated by the politicians, judges and lawyers? just how every politician treat each other, better then how a normal pakistani is treated by judges, what do u have to say, he walked away from court , can a normal person do that who respect court, and u think hes been treated badly.
M Apr 19, 2013 06:28pm
i remember his quote and laugh ' deki hamari taqat' haha dekao apni taqat lol
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Mahmood Usman Apr 19, 2013 06:34pm
Allow him to stand for election and let the people decide, or are there a number of politician who are afraid of the outcome.
MOHAMMAD Apr 19, 2013 06:35pm
A Pakistani Apr 19, 2013 06:35pm
At least Musharraf came back like a man !
A Pakistani Apr 19, 2013 06:36pm
Yup democracy is the best revenge, Like the last five years ..............
MOHAMMAD Apr 19, 2013 06:37pm
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A Pakistani Apr 19, 2013 06:38pm
No chance. He is the military. The only thing that works in this failed country.
MOHAMMAD Apr 19, 2013 06:40pm
.jar Apr 19, 2013 06:40pm
As the comments make obvious. For all of those who support Mushy, theie stomach and bank balance is above human rights. SHAME!
MOHAMMAD Apr 19, 2013 06:43pm
A Pakistani Apr 19, 2013 06:43pm
Poor Pakistan !
Ali Apr 19, 2013 06:46pm
Musharaf had his chance but did not bring any change. He instead mauled Imran Khan and put him behind bars. Change is not everyone piece of cake.
wizarat Apr 19, 2013 06:59pm
Cautious, my suggestion that you should be cautious. Nothing you indicate are proven, And I have not found one person who doubts his integrity and love for Pakistan. This I cannot say about current President or other politicians except Imran. I know what the so called religious parties do and get their funding etc.