Former President Musharraf Flees Pakistan Court after Arrest Order
Today, Islamabad High Court refused to extend the bail that was granted to the former military leader Pervez Musharraf a month ago, and ordered his arrest. Former President fled the court to escape to his villa.
Musharraf, 69, who served as the tenth President of Pakistan from 2001 until 2008, after seizing power in a coup in 1999 when he was serving as the army chief, faces a slew of legal troubles including charges of treason and corruption.
Other charges he faces are his alleged failure to provide adequate security to opposition leader Benazir Bhutto at the time of her assassination in 2007 and the death of a tribal leader from Balochistan.
The case he lost bail on involved Musharraf’s decision in 2007 to detain senior judges, including the chief justice of the Supreme Court, when he declared a state of emergency and suspended the constitution.
This decision resulted in Musharraf stepping down in 2008, under the threat of impeachment, after many outraged Pakistanis and lawyers led a nationwide protest movement against him.
After four years of self-imposed exile and despite death threats from Taliban, Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month once he obtained a pre-arrest bail, meaning he could not be arrested entering the country. He returned to Pakistan, hoping to lead his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party into the general election next month.
Unfortunately his political ambitions was crushed on Tuesday, April 16th, after he was barred from contesting the May 11 polls, following disqualification of his nomination papers from all the four constituencies.
Although Pakistan appears to be moved on from the Musharraf era, his supports took to the streets outside his police surrounded home, protesting the court’s ruling (video).
Despite the fact Pakistan’s powerful military, of which he led until 2007, has not intervened to prevent his political fall, few believe the military would allow a former chief to be thrown in jail or executed by militants.
Pakistan has a long history of the military coups seizing power, and the military is considered to be the most powerful institution in the country.
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