Special court denies Musharraf's appeal for treatment abroad

Published: January 31, 2014

Musharraf's appeal to travel abroad for treatment was rejected. PHOTO:AFP

ISLAMABAD: The special court denied former president Pervez Musharraf’s appeal for treatment abroad on Friday, Express News reported. 

A bailable warrant set at Rs 2.5 million has been issued by the court.

Registrar Abdul Ghani announced the verdict.

The court under Justice Faisal Arab and a three-member bench announced that Musharraf should be brought before the court on February 7.

Background

The former president faces treason charges under Article 6 for suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution, imposing an emergency in the country in November 2007 and detaining judges of the superior courts.

The 70-year-old had fallen ill and taken to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi on January 2 as he was being transported under heavy guard to the court.

The court had exempted Musharraf from appearing before it in person because of his ill health but after viewing his medical records, it stated in a court order that the accused did not suffer a heart attack nor is his health suffering to such an extent that he is unable to appear before court.

Reader Comments (38)

  • Malik Hamza
    Jan 31, 2014 - 5:18PM

    Jasmeen Manzoor was right what she said. The sharif courts have decided what she said.
    Judicial Activism and personal victimization continues nothing new.
    Jiya Musharraf. Recommend

  • Babablacksheep
    Jan 31, 2014 - 5:47PM

    very soon nawaz “heavy mandate” gonna crush under “heavy boots”Recommend

  • yus
    Jan 31, 2014 - 5:51PM

    But how did this SC Journalist knew before hand the outcome of yesterdays review appeal decision on 27th Jan as on his tweet? https://twitter.com/QayyumReports

    Secondly care to inform why Musharraf review application dismissed being time barred after 4 yrs while may be its appropriate to remind H’able judges thy admitted MNS appeal after 8yrs. Judge of the review petition back then in 2009 of hijacking case was the current CJ: http://t.co/ay1UyHz7v3. Biased judiciary contradicting article 10 of constitution of free trial. Musharraf did the Nov 3 act according to Article 209 and Article 232 of constitution. Article 232 after advice of then PM. Biased judiciary and certainly Musharraf facing victimization. I wish Musharraf sahab well! While on today’s judgement how can a judge be a medical interpreter, its sheer nonsensical! Kangaroo courts they are!Recommend

  • Jan 31, 2014 - 5:54PM

    V for VendettaRecommend

  • Usman Khan
    Jan 31, 2014 - 6:06PM

    Musharraf threw the Constitution of Pakistan into bin, now we people of Pakistan should throw his medical report into bin.

    You have to come to court, you coward.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 31, 2014 - 6:22PM

    @Malik Hamza:
    Musharaf should plead his case in the court and let history judge about him and courts. Hiding under the hospital bed, avoiding court orders and commenting on social media is not going to help him. Recommend

  • ahsan
    Jan 31, 2014 - 6:22PM

    @Malik Hamza:
    You would have been happy had it been a mushy court with guns placed on their heads with the option: either take oath under pco and give verdict as per mushy commands, or go home.Recommend

  • Muneer
    Jan 31, 2014 - 6:26PM

    Biased court and biased decision.Recommend

  • aaaaa
    Jan 31, 2014 - 6:33PM

    Great decision. Called out Musharraf and the AFIC for the frauds they are.

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  • Fareed
    Jan 31, 2014 - 7:10PM

    @Usman Khan:
    Quick question: When musharraf was in the plane and told Nawaz Sharif that the plane has no more fuel – why didn’t Nawaz let him land in Pakistani soil? Isn’t that equivalent to giving orders let him crash? Should Nawaz be prosecuted because of this?

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  • Aahjiz BayNawa
    Jan 31, 2014 - 7:12PM

    Judicial activism is for fast-tracking justice in Pakistan. Get used to it.

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  • Abdullah
    Jan 31, 2014 - 7:34PM

    Good decision. Every culprit have to face the court. Justice will prevail, innshallah .

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  • Truth Told
    Jan 31, 2014 - 7:44PM

    The warrant being bailable is a concession.

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  • Malik Hamza
    Jan 31, 2014 - 7:55PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    We don’t believe in these Sharif courts. You do believe in Sharif courts . Well done keep believing that. Hiding in hospital bed ?*General Musharraf Commando is a person who has spent nights in Kargil , It frivolous to know that he would be scared of Sharif courts *

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  • Malik Hamza
    Jan 31, 2014 - 7:58PM

    @ahsan:
    Lol , you really are innocent or perhaps acting like an ostrich.
    First learn to spell and respect a person . the name goes like this Musharraf not mushy?
    very disrespecting and immature attitude.
    Et block my comment like u always do when i reply.

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  • Jat
    Jan 31, 2014 - 8:26PM

    @Malik Hamza: General Musharraf Commando is a person who has spent nights in Kargil…

    …and ran away from there, deserting thousands of soldiers left to die. And then refused to admit (even after spending night in Kargil); that they were Pakistani soldiers – and then the masterstroke – refused to accept their dead bodies; and it was left to the gallant Indian soldiers to give them a proper burial.

    ET: This is a historical fact; please don’t block.

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  • assad
    Jan 31, 2014 - 9:00PM

    @Usman Khan:
    Musharraf is not scared of the courts. The problem here is that all the odds are stacked against him unfairly from the get go. So the chance of him getting a fair break are less than minimal here.
    i) He does not agree with the disposition of the tribunal set up as it is comprised of judges who have been a party to the earlier conflict between his government and the judiciary. In such cases, its better to have the judiciary wait to have uninvolved judges participate in the case.
    ii) The Pakistan Army Act allows for trials/Court Martials to be carried out for uniformed personnel involved in acts of treason. He was wearing the uniform at the time, as such he should tried by a military court.
    iii) He does not agree with the validity of this tribunal that is conducting this case. The moment he appears in this court, keep in mind that he has shown up in all other cases (BB, Bugti, Lal Masjid), it would mean he accepts the validity of this tribunal, which is something that he should not do because once he does that, it means he would have to agree to whatever verdict this biased tribunal passes.
    iv) He is being told that if others were involved, bring them to court proceedings. Thus again, in order to do so, he would have to agree to the validity of this tribunal and secondly, the onus would be on him to prove that others were involved in the declaration of emergency when the state should be bringing charges against all others including the entire political dispensation of that time as well senior leadership of the military.
    All in add, the odds have been stacked against him very unfairly and without merit. My own advice to the General is to stick to his guns and not give the tribunal any credibility. If that means he needs to stay at the AFIC indefinitely, so be it. If unfair and biased tactics are being used to corner him, he should also not play by their rules.
    I am not a believer in idiotic bravery to appease the masses. Musharraf should do what is right for him after so many others have shown him their backs. He should play the same game that is being played to corner him. Delaying, bringing external pressure on Nawaz Sharif and cabal needs to be a central component of these tactics. Recommend

  • dt
    Jan 31, 2014 - 9:02PM

    ET: This is also a historical fact also

    @Jat: Brother I hope you would read this link extract of extracts of book by former Clinton admin official and see who was really responsible for Kargil debacle retreat and I know it wasn’t the General: http://media.sas.upenn.edu/casi/docs/research/papers/Riedel_2002.pdfRecommend

  • Shahid
    Jan 31, 2014 - 9:13PM

    @Ch. Allah Daad:
    How can you trust these courts? They have no respect and sanctity in front of people. Nawaz sharif can get any decision he wants by them. they ar puppets. I bet you if tomorrow there is another martial law the same judges will sanction it again.Recommend

  • Jat
    Jan 31, 2014 - 9:49PM

    @dt: In your own words, “Kargil debacle”… need I say more ? Why do I need to read Bruce Riedel when I agree with your characterization – Kargil debacle

    The army chief, the planner-in-chief, was not responsible for the military debacle ? Cool, let us blame the Israelis then !

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  • Kazim Muneer
    Jan 31, 2014 - 9:57PM

    @dt:
    Bruce is an India sympathiser and his analysis are biased and heavily tilted in favor of India. He is probably on payroll of Indian Government in an indirect manner through creative accounting practices!

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  • Pervaiz Nowaz
    Jan 31, 2014 - 9:58PM

    nawaz shareef is trying to do what general zia did to bhutto had him killed in the jail this is why every body is scared of shareef courts

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  • max
    Jan 31, 2014 - 10:14PM

    enough of sharif courts..its time for martial law….

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  • Jan 31, 2014 - 10:29PM

    Musharraf will not get justice in Pak courts because the judges got their own motives and they were part of the crime. Better transfer the case either to India or Bangladesh special courts.

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  • asw
    Jan 31, 2014 - 10:52PM

    @Kazim Muneer: Brother everyone has an angling but when someone is saying an eye opener of what he saw as being there. It is totally true!

    @Jat: it clearly says in the link debacle was created by whom! Who retreated infront of Bill Clinton. So I have given proofs i don’t pass on my judgements based on rhetoric!Recommend

  • Waseem
    Jan 31, 2014 - 11:40PM

    These courts and so called politicians are forces taking Pakistan nowhere. Hindering all those who truly took Pakistan forward. same is happening with Musharraf. its revenge nothing else.Recommend

  • Shah
    Feb 1, 2014 - 12:00AM

    Ansar Abbasi must be super excited.

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  • Assad
    Feb 1, 2014 - 12:18AM

    @Jat:
    Why would have Pakistan taken the dead bodies of our troops under the glare of your Himmler like propaganda machinery? That was your angle, hand over the bodies of our troops under the media spotlight to make it look like we were fighting across the IB when the Kargil war was nothing but adjustment of lines across the LoC, which is not and should never be assumed to be equal to the IB. The heights that you sit on were taken from Pakistan in 1971 by force of arms and we reserve the right to make adjustments using similar means.

    We did not accept the bodies of our martyred troops because of the above reason and secondly, like Kargil, we have lost our officers and men at Siachen as well and their bodies were not claimed due to the terrain. We, as a nation, are proud of their sacrifices and do not sit and cry about not having their bodies with us. We have a firm belief that they died for Pakistan’s Kashmir cause and they are our heroes and martyrs. Their families are proud of what they have done for Pakistan and they are cared for by the Pakistan Army. Your trying to negate the sacrifices of our men by suggesting that our officers did not care for their dead is really getting old. On any given day, a Pakistani officer, including Musharraf, cares for the troops under his command like they are his own brothers, however you cannot fathom this not having worn the khaki, so don’t bother coming over here to tell us that we, officers of the Pakistan Army, did not claim their own troops. Pakistan’s cause is above that of the person’s! Pakistan’s interests come first and foremost before those of the individuals. This was the assumption under which we refused to become a pawn in your propaganda game.

    ET, this is the second time I have tried to retort this one-sided opinion of Jat and I have not been published. Be fair. He got his post published for suggesting what he said was a “fact”. Well I am calling nonsense on that and countering it. Please publish my view as well! Thank you!

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  • aaaaa
    Feb 1, 2014 - 12:32AM

    @dt:

    Unike the people who recommended your comment, I read the whole chapter you posted. It says Nawaz Sharif did the right thing but his army would not see it that way. The entire thing is a condemnation of Musharraf and his lackeys. Not sure why you posted it.

    He even says that the army activated nuclear protocol without telling the Prime Minister. It is a fitting description of Musharraf, his recklessness and sheer incompetence. And what goes around comes around. And Musharraf is going, going, gone. Good riddance.

    In fact, Reidel also credits Kargil for a new relationship with India. How ironic that it was Musharraf who triggered that.

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  • hamza khan
    Feb 1, 2014 - 2:35AM

    @assad:

    there are sane and smart people who come here. Thank GOD!

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  • Rex Minor
    Feb 1, 2014 - 2:59AM

    Does any of the commenters know exactly what does their General want from the Court or the military hospital. He is wasting everybody’s time if he reckons that the new Supremo of the Army is going to take him out of the civilian club which he joined on his own initiative!

    Rex Minor

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  • Peace
    Feb 1, 2014 - 7:20AM

    Its mere revenge. Nothing more, nothing less. Justice is a sad dream for Pakistan. If you guys have a tiny bit of sharam left, instead of musharraf please convict the hundreds of cannibal like terrorists roaming in our cities.

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  • zohaib
    Feb 1, 2014 - 8:13AM

    Nation of conspiracies.

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  • NDC
    Feb 1, 2014 - 8:17AM

    Courts accept Nawaz review petition on plane hijacking case after 9 years and refused to accept Musharraf’s petition by declaring it time bard. Double standard.

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  • Jat
    Feb 1, 2014 - 11:50AM

    @Assad: We did not accept the bodies of our martyred troops because bla bla bla…

    That is exactly what I said. And you do this in Siachin too ? I was not aware of that ! What is the excuse in Siachin?

    By the way, not only do you disown the bodies of your soldiers, you refuse to accept hundreds of thousands of living Pakistanis in Bangladesh.

    Dead or alive, does not matterRecommend

  • Jat
    Feb 1, 2014 - 12:02PM

    @Assad: Himmler like propaganda machinery…

    Himmler was head of the SS; he had no propaganda machinery. :) :) One day you should take some time out and read about a man named Paul Joseph Goebbels.

    Coming back to the main point; so for Musharaff and you, it was more important to hide your wrongdoing rather than accepting, owning and honoring your martyrs ? What bravery !!Recommend

  • Muslim Leaguer
    Feb 1, 2014 - 12:10PM

    @ Jat, dt, Malik Hamza
    The Kargil misadventure is described by the former CGS at GHQ, General Shahid Aziz, a one-time crony of Musharraf. It was the GANG OF FOUR (Mush, Gen Aziz, Gen Javaid & Gen Mahmud) who even kept the GHQ out of the loop http://www.dawn.com/news/782010/kargil-adventure-was-four-man-show-general
    It was for this reason that the then Air Chief and Naval Chief protested against the attitude of General Musharraf, the then COAS. Even Admiral Fasih Bukhari (CNS) resigned.
    ET: These facts are confirmed and General Shahid Aziz book is a testament to that!

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  • Rex Minor
    Feb 2, 2014 - 12:02AM

    @Assad:

    When are people like you going to realise that the Commanding officer of a nuclear armed army does not act like an ordinary thug or criminal crossing into a disputed but occupied territory? What is stopping Pakistan to declare emergency and cross the line of control backed up with full force if Kashmir is in their National interest? Why did the previous Governents and their armies including the one in 1947 did not take such initiative? The bitter truth is that Pakistan had no legitamacy to force the Kashmiri people to become part of Pakistan. What the General did cost Pakistan loosing the high moral ground it once had

    Rex Minor

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