Pak court orders Musharraf's arrest
Islamabad : A Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was A today ordered to be arrested by a court here in a case over the imposition A of emergency...
Islamabad : A Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was A today ordered to be arrested by a court here in a case over the imposition A of emergency rule in 2007, but evaded being taken into custody with A his bodyguards whisking him away before the police could act. The Islamabad High Court rejected Musharraf's plea for extension A of bail in connection with the sacking of over 60 judges during the emergency.A 69-year-old Musharraf, who returned to Pakistan on March 24 after A a nearly four-year long self-imposed exile abroad to contest the A May 11 general elections, appeared in the High Court under a thick A security blanket. Dismissing his application, the bench ordered the police to arrest A him immediately.A Soon after the court order, Musharraf's security team quickly rushed A him out of the courtroom to his black SUV without being stopped. Musharraf's motorcade then drove out of the court complex in the A presence of a battery of armed security personnel.A TV news channels reported that Musharraf's motorcade drove from A the court to his farmhouse at Chak Shahzad on the outskirts of Islamabad.A Musharraf's security team comprises army commandos. A large number of Musharraf's supporters, gathered at the court A complex, scuffled with lawyers, who called on police to implement A the High Court's order to arrest the former President.A Since Musharraf's return to Pakistan last month, he has been in A and out of court several times to get his bail extended over the A 2007 killing of former premier Benazir Bhutto, the death of a Baloch leader Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation and for imposing A emergency rule in 2007. The Taliban have also threatened to target him.A Earlier this week, Musharraf was disqualified from contesting next A month's general election, effectively ending his ambitions for a A political comeback.
10 Dec 2019 9:59 AM GMT