ATC issues Musharraf arrest warrants

Source: Published in Current Affairs on Saturday, September 12, 2015

ISLAMABAD: The anti-terrorism court issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of former president retired General Pervez Musharraf in the judges’ detention case on Friday.

During the last a couple of years, courts have issued over a dozen arrest warrants of Gen Musharraf in different cases, including the murder of Akbar Bugti, Lal Masjid cleric and the treason case.

This is the first time the ATC issued non-bailable arrest warrants of Musharraf since the proceedings in the judges’ detention case started in May 2013.

In April 2013, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered the arrest of the former military ruler during the hearing of a plea seeking his pre-arrest bail in the judges’ detention case. The IHC also directed the police to book him under the relevant sections of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 for detaining the judges.

Musharraf was detained in his Chak Shahzad farmhouse which had been declared as a sub-jail till October 2013 when the ATC granted him post-arrest bail.

Since his release on bail, the ATC exempted Gen Musharraf from personal appearance 36 times on security and medical grounds. On Friday, the counsel for Gen Musharraf filed an application for exempting the former military ruler from personal attendance on account of his ailment.

ATC Judge Sohail Ikram noted that the applicant did not attach any medical certificate. After rejecting the plea, the judge issued the non-bailable arrest warrants.

The proceedings in the case were adjourned till October 1.

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