Benazir murder case: Court orders release of Musharraf

Published: May 22, 2013

Former president Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: A court ordered the release of former president Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, Express News reported on Wednesday.

The release order came after the payment of two surety bonds worth Rs1 million each.

Musharraf has been detained in his Chak Shahzad farmhouse since April 19 on multiple criminal charges.

The court had granted bail to Musharraf in the case on May 20.

Judges’s detention case

Earlier in the day, an anti-terrorism court rejected Musharraf’s bail plea in the judges’ detention case.

On May 18, the court extended the judicial remand of Musharraf for another 14 days in the case.

The court order came a day after the main complainant in the case disassociated himself from the case.

“I have decided to drop the case as I feel it is in the interest of the country,” Advocate Chaudhry Aslam Ghuman had announced at a hurriedly-called news conference.

The case is based on a First Information Report (FIR) registered against Musharraf on August 11, 2009 by the police secretariat for detaining over 60 judges, including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

Advocate Ghuman had claimed he was under no pressure to withdraw himself from the case, and took the decision in the supreme interest of the country. “I’m a professional lawyer…there is no pressure on me neither from the military nor any political party,” he said.

Reader Comments (26)

  • Muneer
    May 22, 2013 - 12:24PM

    A case where it seems the court  is not acting independently and waiting for orders from the superiors.

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  • Zaka
    May 22, 2013 - 12:35PM

    What else from biased judiciary can be expected.

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  • Historian 1
    May 22, 2013 - 12:35PM

    Bail accepted, Bail rejected, Bail accepted, Bail rejected….the game is on!!

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  • Faraz
    May 22, 2013 - 1:05PM

    Judges are so funny :)

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  • asz
    May 22, 2013 - 1:06PM

    Now that the elections are over. Your pupose for not allowing him to contest elections ar over.

    Why don’t you dismiss the case altogether. Since there is no complaint against him.Recommend

  • Adnan Khan
    May 22, 2013 - 1:21PM

    The court order came a day after the main complainant in the case disassociated himself from the case.

    Mudaai Susst, Kawha Chusst

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  • MA
    May 22, 2013 - 2:19PM

    lolz @ Faraz

    Indeed & they should try to join stage dramas

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  • aaaaa
    May 22, 2013 - 2:21PM

    @asz:

    apart from the small matter of article 6 of course.

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  • mahmood
    May 22, 2013 - 2:54PM

    This man made a mockery of the State of Pakistan and of the fundamental rights of the People of Pakistan when he came in guns blazing in 1999. Letting him slip back to Dubai – as the set appears to be now – would be a crime on the part of the Prime Minister.

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  • liaqat ali
    May 22, 2013 - 3:50PM

    Musharraf stated repeatedly that his pupose of returning to Pakistan was to try to govern it.He said if he is not successful , he has nothing to loose and will galdly return to Dubai/ London.What a patriot?But I think the Govt and judiciary will try their best to release him so that he can go back to his comforts and safety .He doesnt have what it takes to be a leader in Pakistan.Grabbing powerd with borrowed guns is not called leadership.

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  • expaki
    May 22, 2013 - 4:27PM

    Musharaf will now sing :-)) Abe Kai Hum Bichdraae :-)))

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  • Jibran
    May 22, 2013 - 4:34PM

    If the complainant withdraws the case, does it mean that crime never happened? Way to go independent judiciary… way to go!

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  • Akhtar
    May 22, 2013 - 4:48PM

    Musharraf has got a lion heart who returned to Pakistan leaving all his comfort behind with the only intent to rescue country from crisis knowing all the hardships he would have to face. Fortunately, the corrupt political leaders, Mullahs, media and judicial don’t have any solid and moral grounds to convict him in any case. All are politically motivated. Well done Musharraf. Nobody now can call you an absconder. Your actions have given a shut up call to all those dishonest elements who were pointing towards you.Recommend

  • Shah
    May 22, 2013 - 4:55PM

    To all those who criticize Musharraf,

    His time was best in terms of economy and Pakistan was progressing at an ideal pace. Its a well known and recognized fact.

    But unfortunately, typical Pakistanis are not interested in welfare.

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  • Nida
    May 22, 2013 - 6:06PM

    @ liaqat ali: Define leadership, please? FYI (and whether you accept this or not), he was leading Pak army for years.

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    May 22, 2013 - 6:41PM

    @Shah:

    It is not typical Pakisanis but I would call the corrupt Pakistanis would not like to change their life and are happy with the status-quo parties. Now they don’t have the right to complain as they chose that way. If anybody complain about the govt then slap yourself as punishment.

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  • May 22, 2013 - 7:23PM

    Wrongly stated,
    pressure was being mounted so he, the complainant could not face
    and cpmpelled to withdraw. the case.

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  • May 22, 2013 - 7:51PM

    And in the other case.
    During the hearing, Pervez Musharraf’s lawyer argued that if there was any order issued for judges’ detention then it should be produced in the court,
    but prosecution failed to produce any kind of documentary evidence in that connection,so he was deserve to allowed bail.

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  • hamza khan
    May 22, 2013 - 8:34PM

    @Muneer:

    yeah you are right, because it was very independent to interview musharraf, but not BBs security detail or any leader from the PPP. and it was very independent to have continuously extended his judicial remand and cancel his bail a few weeks ago, without rhyme or reason. please dont speak of judicial independence, because the judiciary itself does not wish to be independent.

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  • hamza khan
    May 22, 2013 - 8:36PM

    @mahmood:

    PM will not go anywhere. he has flatly refused to leave the country as of now.

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  • NT
    May 22, 2013 - 9:39PM

    Once again, it has proved that in Pakistan, law and accountability are for poor and weak. The way he is being prosecuted in our courts, proves that the real rulers of Pakistan are still military and its agencies. If someone wants to understand this please read this article published on BBC Urdu.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/urdu/pakistan/2013/05/130521musharrafcaseprosecutionzis.shtml

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    May 22, 2013 - 10:22PM

    After all they are nro judges . No one can deny the rights of Musarraf in Pakistan .

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  • Waseem
    May 23, 2013 - 12:49AM

    Won a lion “Mein Darta Warta Naiyon” May Allah Jalla Shano protect you Sir, from corrupted organizations…

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  • Rex Minor
    May 23, 2013 - 5:05AM

    @mahmood

    Your prayers have been heard! The bail is no longer valid, reports AlJazeera1 ET is running late in breaking news.

    Rex Minor:

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  • liaqat ali
    May 23, 2013 - 5:12PM

    @Nida:
    I replied right away but somehow ET doesnt like to publish .Here is another try.In army you become leader by your professional competence and once you are there, people under you are obliged to obey you irrespective of whether they like it or not.In democratic polictical arena you struggle, you convince , you go to jail, you win hearts and mind , you earn your votes and then become a leader. Imran khan struggled for 16 years.nawaz sharif suffered exile and humiliations in Attock cell including snakes.Zadari was in jail for 8 years.And here you go. Our hero Musharraf says either give me power or I am out. I heard it from his mouth. It is your option to call it leadership. I dont.

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  • Shah
    May 24, 2013 - 9:45AM

    @ liaqat ali

    Musharraf did not say anything like “either give me power or I am out.”

    The latest news states that he refused to go out.
    In addition, before coming to politics, he said that he will give it one try, if successful then good otherwise he will again say ‘Pakistan ka Khuda Hafiz’

    Cant understand how you heard it from his mouth and came up with this statement. He never begged anyone to give him power, neither he could think that way because he knew that after returning, he would be in a hostile situation as court cases are ready for him.

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