ISLAMABAD: While hearing the judges detention case today (Friday), an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad expressed resentment after it found that fresh medical certificate submitted by former president Pervez Musharraf is ‘fake’.
During the case hearing, police submitted a report, stating that the accused could not be arrested despite issuance of non-bailable warrant against him. The former president went to Karachi two years back and last month he went abroad.
ATC Judge Sohail Ikram stated that Musharraf went abroad in March and medical certificate submitted in the court is of April 6th.
On this, Musharraf’s lawyer told court that his client will appear in court if his doctors allow him and adequate security is ensured for him.
While maintaining the non-bailable arrest warrant, the court ordered police to arrest and present Musharraf till May 20.
MUSHARRAF IN DUBAI
On March 18, the former military ruler, who is facing multiple charges including treason and murder over the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, arrived in Dubai for what his lawyers said was urgent medical treatment after a three-year travel ban was lifted.
“I am going abroad for treatment but will return to face the cases against me,” a party spokesman in Karachi quoted him as saying. “I am a commando. I love my motherland.”
The spokesman added that Musharraf had reached his Dubai residence, where he will stay for some weeks before seeking an appointment with doctors in the United States.
Musharraf was banned from leaving Pakistan in March 2013 after he returned to the country on an ill-fated mission to contest elections. He was barred from taking part in the polls and instead faces a barrage of legal cases.
Last June, the Sindh High Court lifted Musharraf s travel ban, but the federal government appealed the verdict.
The Supreme Court last month upheld the Sindh High Court decision and ordered the government to allow Musharraf to travel, which it did the following day.
In January, Musharraf was acquitted over the 2006 killing of Nawab Akbar Bugti but four cases against him remain — one accusing him of treason for imposing emergency rule, as well as those alleging the unlawful dismissal of judges, the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and a deadly raid on Red Mosque.
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