The cash-starved Pakistan has spent Rs 100 million (Pakistan currency) on the security of country’s former military ruler and president Parvez Musharraf, who is facing host of legal charges.
Pakistan has spent Rs 100 million (Pakistan currency) on the security of country’s former military ruler and president Parvez Musharraf, who is facing host of legal charges.
Islamabad, Feb 4/Nationalturk – Pakistan has spent Rs 100 million (Pakistan currency) on the security of country’s former military ruler and president Parvez Musharraf, who is facing host of charges including high treason charges for suspending and abrogating the Constitution and imposing emergency in November 2007.
“Expenditure on security of former president (Parvez Musharraf) has crossed the Rs100 million figure in nine months,” Pakistan newspaper Express Tribune quoted sources as saying.
They said every month around Rs10 million is being spent to secure the former president.
About 400 police and paramilitary Pakistan Rangers soldiers are guarding the former military ruler.
Sources said the former president is being guarded by 300 police personnel including commandos and women police. “Besides 100 Pakistan Rangers soldiers are also deployed for his security”.
Musharraf is on hit-list of TTP
Musharraf is on the hit-list of militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Even when he was ruling the country, he survived many assassination attempts including suicide bombings.
Musharraf is facing host of legal wrangling. He is also facing high treason charges for imposing emergency in the country in November 2007.
Meanwhile, he was served an arrest warrant by police issued by special court at a military hospital, where he is undergoing treatment.
A special court, constituted to try Musharraf on high treason charges, had issued the warrant on Friday, carrying a bail bond of Rs 2.5 million.
Musharraf to appear before special court on Feb 7
Media reports said police served the warrant yesterday only after waiting for two-and-half hours at the reception of the medical facility.
They said Musharraf’s lawyers, who were also present at the hospital, provided the police with details about the surety bonds of Rs 2.5 million.
Pakistan newspaper the Dawn quoted sources as saying that 70-year-old Musharraf will appear before the special court at the next hearing on Friday (February 7).
Musharraf has skipped all hearings of the special court formed by the government in December last year to try him on charges of high treason for imposing emergency in 2007.
Since the start of the high treason trial against him, Musharraf has not appeared before the court. He was admitted in Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), Rawalpindi after he developed heart problems while being driven to the special court.
It is for the first time in Pakistan’s history that a former military ruler has been put on trial for treason.
Musharraf, if convicted, could get life imprisonment or the death penalty.
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