Undelivered warrants: Musharraf declared a fugitive

Published: May 31, 2011
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ATC tells FIA to inform the accused of the initiation of the process.

ATC tells FIA to inform the accused of the initiation of the process.

RAWALPINDI: 

Former president Pervez Musharraf was declared a fugitive by an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi after investigators returned the court’s warrants undelivered.

Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officials told the court that Musharraf lived in Britain and the UK authorities had not received the warrants, saying there was no extradition treaty between the two countries.

Special Judge ATC-III Rana Nisar Ahmed ordered the investigation agency to publish a poster in three leading national newspapers, informing the accused that the process of declaring him a ‘proclaimed offender’ was being initiated under Section 87 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

The court will take up the case again on June 11.

FIA’s special public prosecutor Chaudhry Muhammad Azhar later told reporters outside the Adiala Jail that Musharraf knew about the criminal proceedings…against him, adding that he had submitted the recording of a recent television interview in which he said that he would face the case after he returned to Pakistan.

The warrants for arrest of former President were issued after FIA accused Musharraf of conspiring to kill the PPP chairperson after he deemed her a major threat and hindrance in extending his hegemonistic rule.

He said that if Musharraf did not appear before the court after the proclamation order, the court could move to seize his movable property in Pakistan.

The court is hearing the case against Musharraf and seven others, including former Rawalpindi city police officer Saud Aziz and former SP Khurram Shahzad.

The investigators have accused the former president of not providing proper security to Benazir Bhutto because “he wanted to get rid of Ms Bhutto”.

In support of their accusations, members of the joint investigation team had accused him of directing Brig (retd) Javaid Iqbal Cheema, the then spokesperson for the ministry of interior, to hold a press conference on December 28, 2007, within 24 hours of the tragic incident outside the Liaquat Bagh.

“The premature press conference was arranged to influence the investigations in the case as Punjab government set up investigation team on December 31, 2007, but Brig Cheema disclosed on December 28 that Taliban had killed Benazir and she died after hitting the hatch-lever of her bullet-proof [vehicle],” the JIT noted in its report.

In a bid to connect the former president with the conspiracy to eliminate Benazir Bhutto, the investigators said that Musharraf had been aware of the threat posed by Taliban to former prime minister, but deliberately provided inadequate security after her return to Pakistan.

“The actual attack was carried out by terrorists based in Waziristan whereas former president Musharraf and the two accused police officers have aided and abetted the terrorists through a series of criminal activities,” the FIA said in its report.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2011.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Mirza
    May 31, 2011 - 11:17AM

    The “commando” don’t be a coward rat and be a man. Grow a pair for a change. Not everybody who claims to love their country and dreams of ruling it again runs away from their country. Unless you come back and show us a big crowd to receive you at the airport, you would be a fugitive rat. A remote politician with no constituency and no roots.
    I am putting in writing here. Unless MQM gives a safe seat to Mush, he has no chance to even be elected as a member of national or provincial assembly. Each bloody civilian politician has a safe constituency where they have lived, worked, and people know them personally. Sharif in Lahore, Bhutto in Larkana, MQM in Karachi, ANP in KPK, etc. Mush came to power via backdoor and not by ballot. That is his only chance if he has any. Recommend

  • asad bawany
    May 31, 2011 - 11:19AM

    musharraf is being made to pay the price of taking action against the religious terrorists in the lal masjid.He was the only one brave enough to try to take on the islamic fundamentalists illegally occupying the lal masjid area.He was a brave soldier who wasn’t afraid of the threats of the islamic fascists & did his best to rid our country of this menace but wasa removed too soon.Recommend

  • irfan habib
    May 31, 2011 - 11:22AM

    Musharraf’s only crime is that he didn’t surrender before the forces of islamic fundamentalism.For that crime our media & public won’t let him go & all efforts are being made to corner him for he is the only one with the courage to fight the good fight against the dark forces of religious fanaticism.we need someone like him again to rid us of the religious terrorists who have killed 35000 of our people.Recommend

  • satyram
    May 31, 2011 - 11:25AM

    Mushrough, ex-president of pakistan, a fugitive ! :) Recommend

  • Adeel
    May 31, 2011 - 12:13PM

    After so much investigation and time wasting, all these investigators have come to is what mentioned by cheema a day after the incident…Recommend

  • Karim Alam
    May 31, 2011 - 12:44PM

    This is the level of lower courts in Pakistan. Declaring Ex President of Pakistan as an absconder/fugitive.
    I feel pity at the working process of these courts and the sufferings of the common people.Recommend

  • Noble Tufail
    May 31, 2011 - 1:02PM

    what about President Musharraf’s security when he comes to court?Recommend

  • May 31, 2011 - 1:18PM

    He was not arrested on the spot,
    there is no recovery on him,
    case was not properly investigated,
    there are no eyewitnesses saying have seen him at the time of occurrence
    no recovery of crime weapon,
    he was not participated in the investigation,
    he was not interrogated
    but declared proclaimed offender,
    that is our justice system.

    Justice must be seen to be done.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    May 31, 2011 - 1:22PM

    This whole exercise is pure waste of taxpayer’s money!!!Recommend

  • ashwin
    May 31, 2011 - 1:34PM

    It is sad but a brave thing to do.Maybe better handling of the case on part of FO would not have embarrassed GOP and people of Pakistan.Hopefully they will pursue their strategic assets with a similar zeal. Recommend

  • May 31, 2011 - 1:44PM

    political victimization.Recommend

  • Kazmis
    May 31, 2011 - 1:51PM

    Gen Musharraf was a simple service man, but he choose to breach Pakistan and Pakistan services laws for some good reasons and came in politics like a foolish politician. He perhaps knew that he is not a politician and this act will put his honor and reputation in dirt like other politician who are sometime at high chair and sometimes in the jail. Musharraf did not deserve a status of a General and he proved it. Now court warrants, then proclaimed offender, then one day a cabin in a Jail. This is destiny. MR Musharraf just sit and think it.Recommend

  • sam
    May 31, 2011 - 2:03PM

    alot of times in the corporate world people like to step on others and push them down to get a push upwards for themselves. in politics it works the same way….

    if we arrest musharraf or refrain him from coming back we might as well say goodbye to any chnace of hoping for a future… lahore, islamabad, karachi will all be separate states as it will be impossible to manage every cities and provinces issues…

    so to all the lawyers.. judges.. pesudo leaders, polititians and inheritors of parties you ahve all failed.. you have all failed miserably… when musharraf was here.. things were good.. so pls back off.. youv messed up and increased your off shore account balances sufficiently.. let Musharraf come back and help the rest of us out…Recommend

  • Lobster
    May 31, 2011 - 2:22PM

    @satyram:
    ex-Dictator, not ex-President; but more importantly current fugitiveRecommend

  • Gulkhaiz
    May 31, 2011 - 2:29PM

    Musharaf is a self professed and self acclaimed leaders, having a notion that he is a great intellectual and a courageous man. But the fact is that most of his major decisions not only lack moral courage, but also reflect self centred personality. Kargil, takeover/ coup, NRO, 3 NOV, CJ issue, organising PML (Q) gang are the major decisions which clearly exposed his propensity to be selfish and sacrifice the national interests at the cost of self preservation. Even his staunchest supporter cannot defend his actions. Let’s face the fact that people like Mush are actually cowards and more of manipulators than the real contributors to nation building. Further, even now he is involved in self preservation, which has nothing to do with the nation. In difficult times leaders of national stature uphold national interest and demonstrate highest degree of moral courage by sacrificing self. They do not run away from the country. Moreover he was not able to do any thing, in a decade, when he was at the helm of the affairs, so what can you expect from him now? Recommend

  • May 31, 2011 - 2:38PM

    I am student of history,
    and have read history of Pakistan,
    have also seen innocent executed
    subsequently called judicial murder.
    do you agree with me?Recommend

  • Munir
    May 31, 2011 - 3:07PM

    @Mirza

    Musharraf live hearts of people of Pakistan. These cheap steps cannot stop him coming back to country and represent people of Pakistan. Go to streets and ask common man, and you get the answer about difference between present and Musharraf’s time. His crime is that he is honest with people and the country.

    We love Musharraf and wish him to lead and put Pakistan back on track.Recommend

  • patriotic
    May 31, 2011 - 3:23PM

    judiciary is a joke! along with the govt!Recommend

  • anonymous
    May 31, 2011 - 3:37PM

    @Sultan Ahmed.
    The court had called him a penalty of time, but he refused to defend himself and face the judiciary. so, what was other way to investigate him ?? if you know, tell the world. Recommend

  • Naveed
    May 31, 2011 - 3:49PM

    He is the only grand leader in today’s Southeast Asia. He must return.Recommend

  • May 31, 2011 - 4:17PM

    @anonymous:
    as an internationally admitted fact
    and celebrated principle of law that
    judiciary is a balance wheel of whole system
    but at the present time as you watching the boat of the nation
    slipping into the deepest water.

    Everything benefit to the nation has put aside
    and politics based on revenge is going on,
    in case do you understand it better then I am sorry.Recommend

  • Yourdaddy
    Jun 5, 2011 - 7:29AM

    musharraf is a great man. PAKISTAN NEEDS HIM!!, to be saved from foreign invaders and their occupancy and spreading terror in pakistanRecommend

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