Musharraf sent on 14-day judicial remand

Islamabad, April 20 (IANS) An anti-terrorist court in Islamabad Saturday sent former president Pervez Musharraf on a 14-day judicial remand in the case related to detention of judges during a state of emergency in 2007, a media report said.

Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi issued the order which makes it imperative for Musharraf to re-appear in court May 4, Dawn News reported.

Following the conclusion of Saturday’s hearing at the court, Musharraf left the court premises under heavy security and was taken to the Police Line Headquarters.

During the hearing, police requested Judge Zaidi to order a judicial remand for the former president, while the petitioner’s counsel, Ashraf Gujjar, requested the court to order a physical remand of the retired army general.

Gujjar also objected to the fact that Musharraf was brought to court under heavy security.

On Friday, the former president was arrested and shifted to the Police Line Headquarters from his Chak Shahzad farmhouse near Islamabad.

A local court had granted two days’ transit custody to police and directed them to produce Musharraf before the “court of competent jurisdiction/Anti Terrorism Court on or before April 21”.

The general, who is the first former army chief and head of state to be arrested, is being kept at the Officers’ Mess and given the suite of Inspector General of Police, the website reported.

The case against Musharraf is based on a complaint filed in August 2009 by an advocate, Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Ghumman.

Aslam Ghumman had asked 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 in November 2007.

The case is one of three against Musharraf in Pakistani courts. He is also accused of involvement in a conspiracy to assassinate former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and over the 2006 killing of Baloch 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.

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