Pakistan court orders arrest of General Musharraf

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General Musharraf was declared a proclaimed offender after he escaped the country in March 18, 2016 on the premise of medical treatment in Dubai. He hasn’t returned since then.

The Hush Post: A special court in Pakistan today ordered the government to arrest former president General Pervez Musharraf in a treason case.  A three-judge bench of Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Yahya Afridi, Lahore High Court Chief Justice Yawar Ali and Balochistan High Court Justice Tahira Safdar also ordered confiscation of his properties. The hearing had resumed today after a gap of nine months.

The bench was hearing the case of imposition of extra-constitutional emergency by Musharraf in November 2007.  Musharraf had then suspended Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and put him under house arrest in 2007, besides sacking around 100 other judges. The 74-year-old former military dictator was indicted in March 2014 after he had appeared before the court which was formed in 2003

General Musharraf was declared a proclaimed offender after he escaped the country in March 18, 2016 on the premise of medical treatment in Dubai. He hasn’t returned since then.

During the hearing, the court asked the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) as to what measures have been taken to bring back Musharraf from abroad. The hearing has been adjourned until March 21.

Musharraf ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008 after he ousted ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif in a military coup.  He is wanted in several cases in Pakistan, including the assasination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.Ge

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