Musharraf flees as court orders his arrest

Islamabad, April 18 (IANS) Former president Pervez Musharraf Thursday fled from the Islamabad High Court premises after the court dismissed his bail extension plea and ordered his arrest.

The Islamabad High Court dismissed Musharraf’s interim bail extension plea and ordered his arrest in a case related to the confinement of judges in 2007, Geo News reported.

Accompanied by his guards, Musharraf appeared before court to seek an extension in his bail. However, the court dismissed his plea and ordered his arrest.

The former president immediately left the court premises, driving away in a convoy escorted by his bodyguards.

Massive security accompanied Musharraf as he appeared in court.

In the previous hearing, the high court had extended his interim bail till April 18.

Dawn said that the case is based on an FIR against the retired general registered in Aug 11, 2009 on the complaint of Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Ghumman, an 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 Nov 3, 2007.

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