Apr 192013

The dictator who couldn't face justice

ISLAMABAD – Former president Pervez Musharraf was transferred from Chak Shahzad farmhouse to Islamabad Police Headquarters on Friday.

Musharraf was supposed to be brought before the Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) on Friday, but due to some engagements ATC Judge was not available. Therefore, he was taken to the Police Headquarters. According to sources, judges went to a judicial conference.

Higher police officials decided that Police Headquarters will be more secure for Musharraf, who had received death threats from Taliban earlier.

Musharraf was to stay at Police Headquarters Mess until Saturday, from where he would be taken to the ATC hearing.

Earlier on Friday, an Islamabad magistrate’s court had granted two-day transit remand of former president in judges’ house arrest case.

The former president – who fled the court yesterday after arrest order was issued against him – appeared before the court today.

Musharraf’s farmhouse in Chak Shahzad was also declared sub-jail.

All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) spokesman Muhammad Amjad said the magistrate had ordered Musharraf to appear before an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi after two days.

“Musharraf himself surrendered before the court Friday morning,” Amjad added, denying media reports that he had been arrested prior to going to court.

His team said they would seek bail in the Supreme Court later Friday.

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