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Pakistan’s former military ruler arrested, his farmhouse declared ‘sub-jail’

Pakistan’s former military ruler Parvez Musharraf: File Pic
Pakistan’s former military ruler Parvez Musharraf: File Pic

Pakistan’s former military ruler General (Retd) Parvez Musharraf was arrested on Friday and placed under house arrest at his farm house, which has been declared as “sub jail”.

Islamabad, April 19/Nationalturk – A day after a high voltage drama, police in Pakistan Friday arrested country’s former military ruler General (Retd) Parvez Musharraf and placed him under house arrest at his farm house, which has been declared as “sub jail”.

“Musharraf has been arrested and is currently in the government’s custody,” Pakistan’s Caretaker Interior Minister Malik Habib said this while addressing a sitting of Senate (Parliament’s Upper House).

He said Musharraf’s Chak Shahzad farmhouse has been declared as sub-jail and he has been placed under house arrest there.

” Musharraf has been sent on a two-day judicial remand and he will stay at his farmhouse,” said Amjad, spokesman of Musharraf’s party  – All Pakistan Muslim League (APML).

He said the court has declared his Chak Shahzad farmhouse as sub-jail, where he will be confined for the next two days.

Denying media reports that Musharraf had been arrested prior to going to court, Amjad said Musharraf had himself surrendered before the court this morning.

Earlier, Musharraf was arrested this morning and presented before Judicial Magistrate Mohammad Abbas, who after a brief hearing, ordered his two-day transit remand.  Musharraf along with his team of lawyers had appeared before Judicial Magistrate this morning under tight security.

The judge asked police to abide by the Islamabad High Court’s order and include Section 7 of anti-terrorism followed by submitting the report.

The magistrate also directed police to produce Musharraf in an anti-terrorism court as the Islamabad High Court had ruled that he should be charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act for detaining judges during the 2007 emergency.

After the court vehicle, Musharraf left for his residence in a car and returned to his Chak Shahzad farmhouse.

I respect the courts: Musharraf

He told a private TV channel  Geo News that he had returned to Pakistan out of his own will. “I  respect the courts,” Musharraf said and expressed determination to face the consequences.

In a message posted on his Facebook page,

Musharraf termed allegations against him as “politically motivated” and said he would fight them in court.
“The High Court’s order for my arrest was unwarranted,” he added.

Musharraf’s legal team said they would seek bail in the Supreme Court later today.

Earlier, yesterday Islamabad High Court had ordered Musharraf’s arrest over his controversial decision in 2007 to impose emergency and dismiss judges.

Musharraf is also accused of conspiracy to murder PPP leader Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and over the death of Akbar Bugti during a 2006 military operation. He had been granted bail repeatedly since his homecoming on March 24.

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Faiz Ahmad / Pakistan News


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