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Anti-terorism court issues non-bailable arrest warrants for Musharraf


Islamabad: An anti-terrorism court on Friday has issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Pakistan’s former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in judges’ detention case. Legal proceedings were initiated against the former military dictator for detaining over 60 judges, including former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

The judges were detained after proclamation of a state of emergency in the country, reports Dawn. During court proceedings, Musharraf’s counsel Akhtar Shah submitted a ‘wakalatnama’ for his client prompting ATC judge Sohail Ikram to ask the  whereabouts of the accused. However, the counsel of the former military dictator informed the court that his client had gone abroad for medical treatment with permission of the government.

The ATC judge while observing that the accused did not get prior permission from the court before his departure issued non-bailable warrants against Musharraf and adjourned the hearing of the case till April 22.

Musharraf is facing terrorism charges in the case which was based on a first information report (FIR) registered against him on August 11, 2009 by the Secretariat police for detaining over 60 judges, including former CJP.