Fugitive: IHC declares Musharraf’s escape ‘criminal act’

Published: April 18, 2013

Former president Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court issued a detailed verdict in the judges’ house arrest case on Thursday, declaring former president (retd) general Pervez Musharraf’s escape from the court premises a criminal act,  Express News reported.

The court also summoned IG Islamabad, demanding a report on Musharraf’s immediate arrest.

According to the six-page detailed verdict, Musharraf’s personal guards who helped him escape, along with the on-duty police personnel, who failed to arrest him from the court premises, were also declared culprits.

Mohammad Amjad, Musharraf’s spokesperson, called a news conference to announce that his lawyers would petition the Supreme Court on Friday to withdraw the order.

“We will file an appeal against the arrest order in the Supreme Court tomorrow,” Amjad said. He added that Musharraf was “composed and in good spirits”.

Earlier the same day, an Islamabad High Court judge had issued arrest order for Musharraf. However, security officers of the ex-president managed to escort him away from the court premises.

A senior police official said on condition of anonymity that normal procedure would have been an immediate arrest at the court, but no effort appeared to have been made to detain him there.

Soon after Musharraf fled, SSP Operations Yaseen Farooq and ASP Shakir along with other police officials went to his farmhouse for negotiations and returned back without any development.

Later during the day, an APML spokesperson claimed that Musharraf’s farmhouse was declared sub-jail, and the Adiala Jail was given its control. An assistant superintendent jail will also be deployed outside the farmhouse, while the Islamabad police will provide security, according to the spokesperson’s statement.

There was no official confirmation of the spokesperson’s claim.

Musharraf’s lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri, speaking to the media, said that they will complete the judicial cycle so that no one can say that Musharraf bypassed the judiciary. “We are leaving it to the judges to show their impartiality,” he said.

Kasuri added that the entire world is watching the case and wrong signals are being sent. “People are asking, is this democracy? Is this rule of law? Is this the independence of judiciary? With the passing time, the courts are maligning their image rather than improving it.”

Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, who issued Musharraf’s arrest order, also cancelled his bail.

He further asked for terrorism act to be added to the petition.

APML response 

After leaving the court without facing any resistance from police, Musharraf reached his house in Chak Shahzad, where additional security personnel have been deployed.

Dozens of supporters were gathered outside to denounce the decision, shouting “this is injustice,” and “long live Musharraf” as senior members of All Pakistan Muslim League swept inside the house for talks, an AFP reporter said.

APML spokesperson said Musharraf will appeal in the Supreme Court against the order for his arrest.

“Musharraf is composed and confident. We will go for an appeal in the Supreme Court today. If the court rejects our appeal, we will present ourselves to the law,” APML spokesperson Muhammad Amjad said.

“I think if an arrest is necessary, the authorities will declare the farm house a sub-jail,” he added.

The spokesperson admitted that the order had come as a “surprise”.

A day earlier, Musharraf told journalists that he was prepared to go to jail, if ordered by the courts, at a press conference meant to unveil his party manifesto but overshadowed by a barrage of questions about the cases against him.

According to a post on Musharraf’s official Facebook page, Dr Raza Bokhari – North American point of contact to Musharraf – issued a statement, saying that the Islamabad court judge, in an unprecedented move, took an unwarranted decision to reject the bail extension request.

The statement further said that state security apparatus assigned to Musharraf escorted him to his home in Islamabad “in the face of specific and credible physical threats to his life by the enemies of Pakistan.”

“We expect this unwarranted judicial activism, motivated by personal vendettas since his return to Pakistan to participate in the upcoming elections, will cease and the Supreme Court, without prejudice, will immediately grant necessary relief following precedence and the rule of law; the absence of which will cause mockery of the nation, can result in unnecessary tension amongst the various pillars of state and possibly destabilise the country,” the statement asserted.

Human Rights Watch

The US-based watchdog Human Rights Watch called on the military authorities overseeing Musharraf’s protection to ensure that he presents himself for arrest.

“General Musharraf’s act today underscores his disregard for due legal process and indicates his assumption that as a former army chief and military dictator he can evade accountability for abuses,” said Pakistan director, Ali Dayan Hasan.

“Continued military protection for General Musharraf will make a mockery of claims that Pakistan’s armed forces support the rule of law and bring the military further disrepute that it can ill afford,” he added.

Background

The former president had imposed emergency in Pakistan on November 3, 2007 and detained many judges including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

The former army chief returned to Pakistan last month after four years of self-imposed exile to contest May 11 general election, despite the possibility of arrest on various charges and death threats from terrorists.

Election officials had barred Musharraf from running for the National Assembly earlier this week, effectively derailing his attempts to regain a place in politics by standing at the polls.

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Reader Comments (183)

  • Mohammad
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:44AM

    The so called azaad adlia… I am so angry and speechless.

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  • Mohammad
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:46AM

    How you can arrest a former President of Pakistan, who is not convicted by any court, his arrest warrant were issued for not appearing in court, not because of any verdict. What a pathetic country we live in.

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  • pervaiz memon
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:46AM

    Beginning of end ???

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  • Rehman
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:50AM

    Sad to see this – if Musharaf is being issued arrest order then Nawaz Shareef should be tried and given too for treason – when he asked for the whole country and Pakistani’s living abroad to donate in order to get rid of the debt !!! that is a betrayal too !!

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  • Maher
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:50AM

    How can someone escapes court room without arrest ? Recommend

  • Mohammad
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:52AM

    Allah has made you the judge and do the justice like HE does, you made the people to suffer.

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  • Atul Shukla
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:52AM

    Ha Ha Ha What type of politician and Pakistan lover is he.

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  • Roni
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:52AM

    While the elected leaders even walk to their deaths the brave commando runs away from justice. What a load that the HC and police cannot arrest him and cannot trace him with his entourage? He must be in a safe house. Recommend

  • Gp65
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:53AM

    So now Musharraf is a fugitive from the law? I thought he was vigorously going to fight all cases against him and was not afraid of jail? Bullies are also usually cowards.

    And will the court pass contempt of court notice against the police who failed to arrest Musharraf despite court orders?

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  • S. ANWAR ALI SHAH.
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:58AM

    Vested interests wants Mashraf to become Z.A Bhutto, Col. Kazafi, Raza Shah Pelavi, Hussni Mubarik, Jamal Abdul Nasir in order to humilate Pak Army

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  • Ali
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:59AM

    ROFL. How the ‘Commando’ has fallen

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  • Falcon
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:59AM

    This looks bad. It seems like judiciary and army establishment are headed for a confrontation on this one.

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  • polpot
    Apr 18, 2013 - 10:59AM

    Musharraft: Fugitive from Law
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    Has he also flown in an air ambulance to Dubai?

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  • Zeeshan Mustafa
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:00AM

    The inevitable has happened. Mush should have listened to his allies and stayed away from Pakistan.

    This is just the beginning of the welcome party organized for his true home coming.

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  • Ali
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:01AM

    Woah!! Things suddenly went to pot? I thought everything was going all dandy.

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  • ab
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:08AM

    let’s hope another awami leader lands in pakistan soon!!

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  • Rana
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:08AM

    He has done the same as could have been expected from a third class culprit! A SPECIAL plane might have been arranged by “friends” to help him fleeing the country!

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  • Ali
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:10AM

    and they say he is a brave man

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  • Punjaagi
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:13AM

    The courts are unnecessarily trying to make a hero out of musharraf.

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  • Aiyan Bhutta
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:14AM

    hahahaha it had to come to this

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  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:17AM

    Now another episode has begin. Musharraf will handover himself to the Police.

    He has gone to change his dress.

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  • ALI
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:21AM

    what a BRAVE GENERAL

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  • Vikas
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:21AM

    Sins of Kargil misadventure. General hiding in his own country. What kind of Generals does Pakistan have?

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  • Lallu Panju
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:25AM

    Pakistani Police already knew that Musharaf will escape. They maintained their record.

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  • Water Bottle
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:28AM

    If he is still in Pakistan, why can’t he be arrested now?

    Also, I did not understand the following :

    “security officers of the ex-president managed to escort him away from the court premises.
    On-duty police personnel failed to arrest him despite the order.”

    Does this mean, the duty police defied the court order? Or that they approached Musharraf, when his security frisked him away. If he was frisked away, why didn’t the duty police chase him?

    This story is utterly incomplete. bad journalism.

    However, I am liking that Musharraf is being treated like a common thug. That’s exactly what he is – a bully and a fool.

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  • citizen
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:32AM

    oh what a set back ! he probably had no idea of storm coming .

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  • Muneer
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:33AM

    The CJ, courts and lawyers mafia will harass and victimise former President and former COAS Pervez Musharraf to the hilt.His political career is now shining and shall be reaching peak after some time. It is a difficult path but once in politics,it has to be adopted.Sooner or later a very large number of people will join him. Best wishes to Musharraf.

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  • fmk
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:35AM

    Yes….. I really wish Musharraf could leave the country without being touched…he did not murder any body in cold blood like Raymond Davis who was allowed to leave the country after killing an innocent soul….he was giving protocol for that matter… What an irony… May God protect Musharraf all the way …. Aameen !

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  • Student
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:36AM

    Quiz: Who is the first PCO Judge ?

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  • Salman Nisar
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:40AM

    I still cant understand WHY HE CAME BACK TO PAKISTAN, he should have been enjoying golf in Uk at this time!Recommend

  • Daniyal
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:40AM

    Hahaha…I thought he was “ready to face jail”. I suppose commandos know when to beat a retreat.

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  • Apr 18, 2013 - 11:41AM

    hahaha…superb. The snake’s head is finally being crushed. lovely.

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  • Pakistani
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:42AM

    What a slap on the face of all Pakistanis..!Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:43AM

    and this guy was suppose to defend our boarders.cowardRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:45AM

    What a slap on the face of all the Pakistanis..!

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  • kashif
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:47AM

    VIP culture at its best. Individuals like Musharaf consider themsleves above the law.

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  • Jugnoo Ali
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:53AM

    Arrest him like any other citizen.Let justice be done

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  • Zaida P
    Apr 18, 2013 - 11:58AM

    Did he really run away from the court to prevent getting arrested?? So much for the brave commando !!

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  • M
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:01PM

    From Commando to Fugitive – The Journey

    Perfect title for a Lollywood movie on Musharraf. Recommend

  • Water Bottle
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:01PM

    Where are all those Musharraf supporters who call his bravado as brave?

    Musharraf is a duplicitous person. One one day he says “he is ready to face jail”. The next day he runs away like a lone Hyena under attack from a Tiger.

    Is this your bravery Mr. Musharraf?

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  • Sane
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:04PM

    Why did he manage to escape from the court premises..? It exposes the weakness of our law and order system that a convict, if belonging to military, can get away with it.

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  • Apr 18, 2013 - 12:09PM

    Arrest order issued for a misguided patriot while bigger crooks walk free.

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  • USMAN786
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:09PM

    Indians will be very happy as they consider him Kargil warrior who killed their soldiersRecommend

  • yasir
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:09PM

    Can we expect police to be silent spectator for common man ?

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  • Rana
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:13PM

    He has done the same as could be expected from a third class culprit! A SPECIAL plane might have been arranged by “friends” to help him fleeing the country!

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  • freedom seeker
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:14PM

    Judges are playing against Mr. Musharraf. I m waiting for SHUT UP CALL for them.

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  • Karim
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:15PM

    Judiciary is playing the role of anarchists. Its indeed a sad day in our history.

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  • Muneer
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:18PM

    @Gp65:
    Musharraf is not fugitive.Police can arrest him if they want him for investigation.The judge’ could have ordered his arrest in the court if he wanted that way.

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  • Guru
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:21PM

    How can someone escape from court ?? Confused !!! Something is basically wrong here… Help me understand.

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  • Mozart
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:23PM

    Finally the right steps are being taken against Musharraf, the usurper.

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  • Wahab
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:23PM

    He deserve to go in jail… He played underground games in Pakistan… Its time to justice…

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  • Umair
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:24PM

    This nation will never forget two incidents 1. Hanging Bhutto 2. Lal Masjid Operation.

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  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:24PM

    What the dared and courageous orders of Islamabad High Court but useless because till now no any crimes have been proven against Musharraf and Musharraf has not been convicted by any court!!!!!!Recommend

  • Wellwell
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:25PM

    This would be quite funny if it wasn’t so tragic. Obviously Musharraf sees himself above the law. What’s going to happen now? A standoff at his farm? Will the police have to storm his premises and arrest him?

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  • Ram
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:25PM

    @USMAN786: He has said in an interview “Kargil is military victory and political defeat” much to the amusement of Jaswant Singh. His false ego doesn’t allow him to accept military defeat in Kargil. For strange reasons, the Indian government gave him VISA for years and now he has been banned entry. He seems to have lot of sympathisers in your military who will help him to stay free of arrest. It doesn’t matter to any of us in India what happens to him in Pakistan

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  • Apr 18, 2013 - 12:34PM

    Who would have known that a man who was once a president of a country is now trying to run away from being arrested… its sad :(

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  • Apr 18, 2013 - 12:35PM

    Who would’ve known that a man who was once a president of a country, would be running away from being arrested… its sad :(

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  • Udaya Bose
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:40PM

    @USMAN786:
    We are not happy, we are sad.
    What a tamasha Pakistan makes of itself.
    How different it could have been if Pakistan gave up its stance of unrelenting hostility towards India.
    You might say ‘how are these things connected?’ Well, think about it.

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  • falconspeed
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:43PM

    He use to think he is GOD.Now run and hide for your life.Arrest him like a common citizen so that no one in next 500 years any General would repeat the same episodeRecommend

  • SHABIR
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:46PM

    Lot to be done for putting in house in order first ….. Our civil / sessions court and other lower court performance is satisfactory?
    No improvement in cases in court seen during the last three years/…….
    Raja was also punished what happened…Supreme court was attack in Nawas Sharif era what happen?12 May happened what was done to punish culprit.
    I think at national level we should come out of personal conflicts

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  • Apr 18, 2013 - 12:46PM

    I personally feel that all the trail should be started after the general elections 2013, so that musharraf can do his election campaign freely. Now the situation is getting worse – many possibility that his farm in chak shahzad will be declared sub jail.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:49PM

    @Rehman:
    i jumped a signal, does that mean that i dont accept rule of the country and i shud be tried for treason?

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  • Abdul
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:49PM

    this all is biased attitude. its very sad & shameful. Musharraf is the best possible stuff in the available lot of leaders. are rest of the leaders angels? why don’t they be penalised in such a manner that they truly deserve. shame on the overall biased attitude of most of media persons.

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  • Saim Baig
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:54PM

    No one is above the law!!

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  • Saim Baig
    Apr 18, 2013 - 12:57PM

    @Mohammad Are you serious?? Every person is first arrested before trail!! Don’t you know that?? Or you are trying to be a tubelight just to favor a former dictator????

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  • Qasim
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:00PM

    Silly man, Why He returned Pakistan???

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  • imran
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:02PM

    All the judges alongwith CJ should be dismissed and they all must be tried for abrogating constitution by taking personal revenge against Musharraf.
    All the judiciary is the party in all cases therefore, one cannot expect any justice from this incompetent and bias judiciary.
    Long live Musharraf and Allah belss you.

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  • Apr 18, 2013 - 1:02PM

    Come off, you cant arrest a General given VVIP protocol when he entered into the court and managed to leave place despite so called arrest orders.

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  • Enlightened
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:05PM

    The General cannot leave Pakistan due to court orders and the only way out is to ask his American friends to send Seals for taking him out of the country.

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  • Mohammad
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:05PM

    To all who are telling Musharraf ran away from the court – WRONG! He left the court with the same protocol as of VVIP provided by Govt of Pakistan, NO ONE TRIED TO AREEST HIM… I REPEAT, NO ONE TRIED TO ARREST HIM.

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  • aicia
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:09PM

    How does a criminal manage to escape from court room?
    Musharraf thought he was popular amongst people for some unfathomable reason. He lived in his own dream world and maybe will snap out of it now.

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  • Intelektual
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:12PM

    Court issued an order that is a pure act of vengence also as the article mentions NO ONE tried to arrest the president and his location i.e. his Farm House might be treated as Sub Jail People should read before commenting and calling the great commander anything !!
    What an ungreatfull bunch of blind followers..

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  • Sirf Pakistani
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:14PM

    won’t be long before PML-N take the credit that it was because of “their struggle” that a dictator is being arrested.

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  • Sajid Iqbal
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:15PM

    Nothing new for brave “commando”. He escaped from Kargil with same speed.

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  • RizwanKhan
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:25PM

    This shows the law is for the poor only. This General, who is a self proclaimed “leader”, boldy disobeys the law of this country where he wants to implement justice & law..hahahahahha kiya ye khula tazaat nai..

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  • Omer
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:27PM

    @ Mohammad

    and what Musharraf did can be called respect for adlia? If he was not happy with the verdict he could have gone on to appeal against it but running away from the court room and violating the court order I am sorry but this is not civil!

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  • Mango Man
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:28PM

    This is a comical tragedy! A General and a commando, who’s claim to fame is 8 years of dictatorship of a failed state, which he took to a unwinnable war and lost, betrayed and abandoned his own soldiers on those snowy heights, today is running scared of the law of the land he once ruled! For all his bravado as a soldier and the defender of the country and the faithful, he has lost it completely! Just goes to show what pathetic Pakistan has in store for itself. This is a precedent that he has set for other politicians and rulers to follow! Time will tell!

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  • Obvious
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:31PM

    Mushy gets back what he gave. He deserves…….

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  • Ram
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:36PM

    Gen ran away from court just like he ran away during kargil?

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  • aicia
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:39PM

    Protocol provided by army of Pakistan not government of Pakistan @Mohammad

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  • Farhan Ishaq
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:41PM

    Very disappointing. A clear demonstration of injustice and personal rivalry.

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  • Azhar
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:50PM

    @Student:

    i think iftikhar chaudri

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  • FN
    Apr 18, 2013 - 1:52PM

    Musharraf on 15/4/13 “If that is the decision, I am ready to go (to jail)”

    18/4/13 “Musharraf escapes from court”

    KhulaTazaad?

    bhagay kyun phir?

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  • A. Khan
    Apr 18, 2013 - 2:03PM

    Great decision but for the wrong reason. Musharraf should be tried for treason for passing NRO to save his own skin resulting in a disastrous 5 years of PPP government.

    And Western press is reporting he fled the court. Only in Pakistan can you flee from a court. Just shows how much respect he has for the courts. Now if he leaves the country as well, it will be confirmed that all people are not equal in Pakistan, but we knew that anyway.

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  • roadkashehzada
    Apr 18, 2013 - 2:16PM

    @Sirf Pakistani:
    actually it is. remember musharraf didnt get amnesty from parliament due to PMLN?? or may be PTI kids were too young to understand politics 5 yrs ago.

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  • Abdus Salaam
    Apr 18, 2013 - 2:22PM

    Another military intervention is not very far now.

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  • Muhammad Awais
    Apr 18, 2013 - 2:28PM

    Next step for Musharraf is to flee the country. He should find some land route to escape because his name has been put on ECL. When Musharraf was in power, he used to say ‘Main Darta Warta Nai Hun Kisse Se’. But now he has escaped as a coward person.

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  • Rex Minor
    Apr 18, 2013 - 2:30PM

    @Mohammad:

    No one should be above the law. He rode roughshe on judiciary during the military take ove and this he cntinues to do and with the support of those who believe in the rule of dictators of the 20th century. What a shame.

    Rex Minorl

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  • Zaida P
    Apr 18, 2013 - 2:33PM

    “He told us he was running for Presidency.” – Court Security Guard, when asked why he didn’t stop Musharraf.

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  • Rumormonger
    Apr 18, 2013 - 2:38PM

    This would happen to all non-feudal, non-biradri, non-corrupt and non-illiterate person trying to enter politics.

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  • Rex Minor
    Apr 18, 2013 - 2:53PM

    This guy is genuinely suffering from the loss of reality. How many people from the rural area of Pakistan know about their ex President residency outside Pakistan? This guy is now denegrading the office of the military high command.. Defacto, he is under arrest sorrounded by the security people. He should follow the rule of law as a common citizen as he expeted others to follow during his time. There is nothing worst than the contempt of the judicial court. If he believes that he has done nothing wrong, then he should also believe that judiciary in Pakistan has remained unblemished throughout its history before and after partition.

    Rex Minor

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  • Janjooa
    Apr 18, 2013 - 2:55PM

    @Farhan Ishaq
    ” Very disappointing. A clear demonstration of injustice and personal rivalry.”
    court is doing what it should do, an ex military ruler derailed democracy and arrested Honorable judges for saving his military designation that was personal rivalry…

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  • Apr 18, 2013 - 2:56PM

    Didn’t they teach evasion tactics at SSG school?
    Where are team members of Musahrraf who were claiming to elect in uniform in 10 times. Lolzzzz…..

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  • Temur
    Apr 18, 2013 - 3:04PM

    @Guru…{{{How can someone escape from court ?? Confused !!! Something is basically wrong here… Help me understand.}}} He was being “protected” by a large escort of Rangers. The picture should be clear now…

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  • Rex Minor
    Apr 18, 2013 - 3:06PM

    @Mohammad:

    Nonsense! Your repititition does not improve the credibility of your statement. He is under arrest the court has not ordered the imprisonment in a village jail. This is the responsibility of the interior. He is no longer a VIP, but a suspect of several crimes! No one can protect him unlawfully now, He must be guarded round the clock for his own protection.

    Rex Minor

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  • honey
    Apr 18, 2013 - 3:14PM

    Let’s not rejoice Pakistan is a country of surprises. Time will tell who will have the last laugh?
    He has not run away your judges have already got him ECL. It is not necessary that he court
    arrest in front of the judge. By the way he is far better than your corrupt politicians.

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  • Azad
    Apr 18, 2013 - 3:27PM

    What else the biased judiciary can do. Our legand will Inshallah will emerge stronger.

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  • Apr 18, 2013 - 3:35PM

    Mushi is great and brave man

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  • Rex Minor
    Apr 18, 2013 - 3:40PM

    If this guy continues to deny the laws of the country and defy the court oders, the supreme court will have no other choice but to annul his citizenship, deporting him to his country of birth.

    Rex Minor

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  • Ali
    Apr 18, 2013 - 3:46PM

    Ridiculous, thing has happened a man declared convicted and escaped such as Punjabi movies scene……..Wah Zardari wataa back scene contract.

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  • faheema
    Apr 18, 2013 - 3:48PM

    How can an Ex-General (Dictator) be arrested? After all he is not a elected civilian President of P.M. like Z. A. Bhutto or Nawaz Sharif. Mr Zardari will definitely be arrested once he is out of Presidency at the order of Court. Every layman knows the reasons.

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  • Fazal karim
    Apr 18, 2013 - 3:58PM

    It is best in Musharafs own interest to go and face the charges against him. He must get his name cleared before any political adventure. At the moment he is on the run and the people of Pakistan are not so that they accept him as their true leader. He must understand this.

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  • polpot
    Apr 18, 2013 - 4:14PM

    One Man who cannot stop smiling
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Nawaz Sharif! Will he negotiate a 10 year vacation for Musharraf in Saudi?

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  • Farhan
    Apr 18, 2013 - 4:21PM

    Shameful turn of events. The court is obviously running a vendetta against him.

    All leaders in Pakistan abuse power (including the Supreme Court judges) – and they are chasing the only person who was not a thief.

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  • HK
    Apr 18, 2013 - 4:22PM

    The judiciary has made a mockery out of the institution. Instead of showing restraint, maturity, integrity and restraint, without of course sacrificing the rule of law, they appear to have chosen the route of populism. In the long run, it is only going to bring disrespect to the institution. A circus has been created unnecessarily. It is time some respected voices from the current judicial team or the media spoke out against the rout of this once – and could be – venerable institution.

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  • Noble Tufail
    Apr 18, 2013 - 4:23PM

    I am not a big fan of Musharraf but he seems to be a brave man as well as someone who respects the laws of the land.(because he is appearing before courts) Restoration of Justice Chaudhry does not mean that now our judicial system is washed with milk. the victims of that “judicial movement” may now abuse the due procedures to humiliate Musharraf. remember Justice Maulvi Mushtaq’s wrath against ZA Bhutto.

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  • Khan
    Apr 18, 2013 - 4:47PM

    The silence of the political parties and leaders is deafening! Are they paid to SHUT UP?

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  • Waseem
    Apr 18, 2013 - 4:49PM

    Its an illegal act of this judicial martial law against a great leader of Pakistan. I protest against their all acts against president Musharaf. They must not forget that the game can change and they all will run out of the country and take siege in gulf countries.

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  • Adnan
    Apr 18, 2013 - 4:54PM

    He should have surrendered at the court, a wrong move by Mr. Musharraf. This will only give more teeth to his enemies. If have come back than he should have been prepared for this situation.

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  • The Economist
    Apr 18, 2013 - 4:56PM

    He made biggest mistake of his life by returning to pakistan he should have known that time has changed and he is on longer army chief and gone are the days in pakistan when military influenced pakistan today only terrorists influences pakistan

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  • Mj
    Apr 18, 2013 - 4:58PM

    Brave Gen. Mush. ran away.
    Bravely ran away, away!
    When danger reared its ugly head,
    He bravely turned his tail and fled.
    Yes, brave Gen Mush.turned about
    And gallantly he chickened out.
    Bravely taking to his feet
    He beat a very brave retreat,
    Bravest of the brave, Gen. Mush.!

    A slight modification of minstrel’s song from Monty Python’s Holy Grail.

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  • Singh
    Apr 18, 2013 - 5:06PM

    Isn’t President immune to any prosecution against any decision he has taken as President?
    This is Law in most country.
    Oh I forgot it is Pakistan any thing possible.

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  • hate speech
    Apr 18, 2013 - 5:07PM

    our common politician were arrested in the court but brave-Aramy guy fled from the court….hail..forces….

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  • Babloo
    Apr 18, 2013 - 5:09PM

    Musharraf had an exaggerated idea of himself and is removed from reality. False bravado seems to have altered his sense of reality and made him delusional. The same delusions that led him to Kargil and then deny and flee when things got tough. If he had any sense he would have not returned to Pakistan given the fact that he is despised and reviled by large number, possibly majority of Pakistanis. As you sow, so shall you reap. Karma is exacting justice.

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  • I am a Khan
    Apr 18, 2013 - 5:09PM

    Very Sad and Angry….A brave and honest leader like Musharraf does not deserve this. The corrupt ones are roaming free and the honest one is ordered to be arrested…and then we wonder why earthquakes are coming to this land…Fear Allah O People, be just and fair and do not victimize honest people like Musharraf.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Apr 18, 2013 - 5:20PM

    His popularity on social media fooled him. Reality on ground is completely different. These Dictators do not respect constitution and law. They insult constitutional boundaries openly but are stupid enough to seek justice from the same system which they had destroyed. Hope, future Dictators are learning too.

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  • Khurram Khalid
    Apr 18, 2013 - 5:26PM

    “once a commando is always a commando”

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  • haha
    Apr 18, 2013 - 5:28PM

    Strange

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  • Babloo
    Apr 18, 2013 - 5:47PM

    Musharraf can go to Indian consulate and seek political asylum.
    That may work.

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  • Libra
    Apr 18, 2013 - 5:53PM

    Arrest the culprit Musharraf who killed many innocents and also traded humans. He must also be booked for human trafficking. He talks about the supremacy of law and himself always flouted the law…..this time as well. Let’s see how long he gets army cover to avert his arrest.

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  • Zee Paki
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:05PM

    So the judiciary shows its true face – vindictive and not concerned with following the law. 3-4 courts issue bail and one cancels it. Just wait another day and someone will cancel the cancelled one. To all those who are crowing about his so called “escape”, that is just media hype. He did not escape. The gov’t has to send an arrest party, if they don’t what would you do, just stay in the court and wait? He is in his house and if the gov’t decides to arrest him then they know where to find him. Long live Musharraf! His is the one and only true leader in Pakistan.

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  • Ali S
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:06PM

    There is surprising similarity between our ‘azaad adliya’ and feudal mindset – more interested in settling personal scores (and politicians who do them favours are let off, of course) instead of doing anything that is beneficial to the common man.

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  • Zalmai
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:07PM

    Pakistan never ceases to amaze me. Perhaps this will set a precedence and generals/dictators will have to face the music for their transgressions in Naya Pakistan.

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  • I am a Khan
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:10PM

    @Rex Minor:

    General Musharraf is a celebrated SSG Commando who has fought four wars for his country and has always served Pakistan . What have these corrupt judges done except for settling personal scores. I would rather have your and their citizenship annulled. Also being born in Pakistan and coming from a majority province does not make anyone a good Pakistani, its the amount of service they have done that decides. and finally remember that Gen Musharraf’s forefathers were the very people who created Pakistan.

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  • ahmed
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:12PM

    Shows how much he cares for the law! He broke the constitution when it suited him , imprisoned judges and when it does not go in his favour he runs!! Once a bully always a bully!

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  • Arjun
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:15PM

    It would be ironic if Mush had to resort to hijacking a plane to get out of Pakistan…

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  • Mike Mohammad
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:15PM

    @Atul Shukla:

    Shut up and go to your Indian online news. We know General’s slap on you Indians and you still feel pain.

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  • Breaking Bad
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:27PM

    I am sure he didnt ran in disguise…he just walked away because no one was stopping. The blame should be on police not him. If anything the IG should be fired.

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  • Rex Minor
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:28PM

    Mr Musharaf was a defacto fugitive ever since Pakistan high court issued a warrant of arrest against him. This could not be implemented outside the country for a variety of undeclared reasons. He stayed on most probably on the advice of his legal council until the appopriate time to sneak back into the country and have himself elected for the parliament and thus obtain the immunity against the arrest. This was the plan which did not consider that what if the high court does not grant a bail before arrest. Well, he did sneak in and also managed to get the bail before arrest from the high court. But then the Islamabad high court did deliberate with the initial hearings proceedues and did not grant the extention of the bail and iissued instead an arrest warrant. While on the other front the Election commission did not grant him to stand or election for any seat. Now his arrest or confinement in a prison cannot be regarded as a political punishment.

    The above is based on the reports that I have read in the media, and with the use of Hegel’s speculative logics.
    Rex Minor

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  • Hammad Mian
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:28PM

    I want to see him behind the bars as soon as possible

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  • DR.SOHAIB RANA
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:39PM

    Law should be like death which spares None…No matter whetherHe is a Commando or a common man..

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  • sundeep
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:42PM

    @Mohammad: do you have any knowledge of law? If you don’t appear in court then it is consider contempt of law and you are arrested and put behind bar. Pakistan military men think them self above law that is the reason they don’t respect judiciary. what can you expect from ex head of rouge army?

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  • SayWhat?
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:45PM

    It’s mysteriously shocking to see why is there such a huge desire by talented persons to not just visit, live, enjoy sites & foods but ready to inevitably give their life for the land and it’s people in a huge number, like bees to honey or shamma to parvana. Musharraf could not have not guessed this possibility. I mean how hard is it turn to the table around in a country gripped-in-violence & corruption. If past leaders were so ruthless and cunning there was this reason. Anyway, a soldier would not have lived happily outside his land. For future aspirants: Study history, make your choices wisely, disregard flattery, make a team of honest, loyal, smart and powerful men to help you decide. Above all: Check the “Winds” before a sea journey. The Sea is very unprictable and imensily powerful. Not to say, you have to be brave and prepared for any storm you face there, even at the final moment of sure-death. Thanks tribune for timely coverage.

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  • Saad Ibrahim Rasheed
    Apr 18, 2013 - 6:51PM

    @Mohammad: Indeed, I too am angry and speechless that we live in a country where those in positions of power are surrounded by an aura of invincibility that insulates them from the law of the land and allows them to escape punishment for their crimes. A country whose people are so jaded from years of misrule that they have learn to embrace dictators with open arms and accept the unequal treatment given to the average people of Pakistan with a smile.

    After all these years, the judiciary has finally stepped up to do its job, and for the first time in history, our ‘betters’ are having their crimes brought out where everyone can see them so that they can be punished, yet at every turn the people who are bringing about change are flooded with accusations of bias and greed. For what? doing their jobs? This man took control of the country through the threat of military force, and you want to tell me that’s not the very definition of treason?

    I say bravo to all the brave men and women of the judiciary who are fighting to make positive change a reality in out lifetime.

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  • abdul wasay
    Apr 18, 2013 - 7:01PM

    it is totally unfair, taking no action against right culprits of the country, memogate, issue of integrity has long been forgotton. The arrest is clearly personal to let a good leader down.

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  • Rex Minor
    Apr 18, 2013 - 7:13PM

    @I am a Khan:
    Emotions though natural is human weakness and restricts rational thinking. I am not a Pakistani.. Sir I believe in peoples democracy and human rights and suffer with the victims and have no sympathy with the charlatans or the powerfuls who misuse their power and ride roughshod on Judiciary. He is a soldier first and was awarded all the medals for his brave actions in wars. He broke his oath of loyalty to the State when he acted against the democraticaly elected civilian Government which tantamounts to Treason which he followed through and surrendered the country’s sovereignty infront of George W emissary. If he is a brave General as you say he was in wars then he should also know what is required of him as a General at this hour.

    Rex Minor

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  • Enlightened
    Apr 18, 2013 - 7:21PM

    The commando who was in a hurry to leave, broke world record of 100m dash from court premises to his bullet proof car which was covered by him in less than 9 seconds. For this extra-ordinary achievement he will receive an award from the CJP in the Apex Court soon.

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  • elcay
    Apr 18, 2013 - 7:40PM

    @ P Memon, not beginning of end but an end to beginning.Judiciary has nailed the last nail in its coffin.Recommend

  • cautious
    Apr 18, 2013 - 7:41PM

    @Singh

    Isn’t President immune to any
    prosecution against any decision he
    has taken as President? This is Law in
    most country. Oh I forgot it is
    Pakistan any thing possible.

    I believe the general rule is that Presidents cannot be prosecuted while in office – but once they leave office they are subject to prosecution for any illegal acts including those they may have committed while in office. These days France tends to get most of the press for prosecuting past leaders.

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  • gp65
    Apr 18, 2013 - 7:47PM

    @Mike Mohammad: “Shut up and go to your Indian online news. We know General’s slap on you Indians and you still feel pain.”

    Delusional much? He ordered soldiers into Kargill when India had withdrawn its forces for the winter. When India started retaliating, he did not even have the courage to take back the dead bodies of the soldiers he had sent to fight. He lied and claimed they were mujahidin and had nothing to do with Pakistan.

    Another time he tried to backstab Vajpayee is in Agra July 2011. India and Pakistan had agreed on something. He then went and gave a TV interview to Indian press which was quite different from what was agreed and came back and expected to sign the document as though nothing had happened. Vajpayee maintained his dignity, did not respond to Musharraf’s TV interview but Musharraf had to go back empty handed.

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  • Rex Minor
    Apr 18, 2013 - 7:48PM

    @Saad Ibrahim Rasheed:

    Well said! Perhaps Pakistan new leadership will follow through towards democracy and not militarism, education and independence instead of foreign aid outside reliance, Pakistan has a great reservior of people and they epresent the futue.

    Rex Minor

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  • Aphtab
    Apr 18, 2013 - 7:58PM

    Musharraf should be tried for treason for abrogating the constitution. Those who legitimised the act of treason should also be tried. The judges should not get away with it like Dr Arsalan did.

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  • gul
    Apr 18, 2013 - 8:04PM

    Why only Musharraf? Musharraf did not run away, the officers failed to do their duty. Why is the court active in cases related to Musharraf? How can a government stay on stay order and the court does not takes notice of it ? Why is Raja Pervez Ashraf allowed to take part in the elections? Why only Musharraf is considered to the one reprehensible ? why not the peolpe who were with him at that time? What about those judges who took oath under the 2007 PCO act?Pakistan doesnt deserves Musharraf .. he should not have come back.

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  • Iqbal Hadi Zaidi
    Apr 18, 2013 - 8:11PM

    Why those who directly or indirectly were instrumental in breaking off Pakistan and creating Bangladesh are not even questioned what to talk of putting them behind the bars? How anyone can be after my Bhaijan former President Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf and ignoring those who gifted half of the country? Can we prove to be prudent and judicious in our thinking and approach?
    Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / iqbalhadizaidi.formerdiplomat@hotmail.com

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  • Awais
    Apr 18, 2013 - 8:19PM

    Sorry Pakistan, Musharraf is not available for arrest. “The general” is busy crying like a baby in his wife’s arms in the basement of his farmhouse :p

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  • Waseem
    Apr 18, 2013 - 8:27PM

    This is negative media propaganda against president Musharaf.

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  • Tahir Khan
    Apr 18, 2013 - 8:30PM

    This is all politically motivated for a so-called “independent judiciary”. Whilst President he was immune from prosecution & the judiciary should accept that.

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  • Green Tiger
    Apr 18, 2013 - 8:32PM

    Commando`s are trained to escape and Musharraf just did that..

    What`s wrong in that?

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  • Zee Paki
    Apr 18, 2013 - 8:33PM

    Sign a petition to show support for Musharraf: http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/apmlpetition

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  • AlChemist
    Apr 18, 2013 - 8:34PM

    If you know the actual remarks of the judge, you will realize how much of a personal vendetta it has become for most members of the judiciary.
    Also, the judge made the former president appear on every single hearing. This has never happened in the judicial history of Pakistan, as the high profile personalities are excused from physical presence after 1st appearance. Not to mention everyone knows Musharraf’s address and he is already barred from leaving country.

    Justice not served blindly and evenly in Pakistan……

    For all the Indian friends, please face the facts not the spoonfuls by local media.

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