KARACHI: Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wassan said on Monday that former president Pervez Musharraf will be arrested from the airport when he returns.
Speaking to the media, Wassan said that the government had received warrants for Musharraf’s arrest and arrangements had been made to send him to Landhi Jail.
The home minister said that Musharraf will be sent to C-Class prison, which may be changed to A-Class if the court orders it.
Musharraf had announced that he would return to Pakistan between January 27 and 30, despite ‘baseless’ court cases.
Interior Minister Rehman Malik had earlier stated that, “Proclaimed offenders like Musharraf should be arrested.”
The former general is wanted in various high-profile cases pending in local courts, including his alleged involvement in former premier Benazir Bhutto’s murder, the interior minister had said.
Earlier, senior special prosecutor Azhar Chaudhry had also said that Musharraf will be arrested on his return to Pakistan.
Azhar, who is representing the federation in Benazir Bhutto’s murder case, said there is no need to issue new warrants for his arrest since the anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi has already issued arrest warrants in the case.
Musharraf untroubled by warrants, will return as per schedule
Speaking via telephone on Express News show “Kal Tak”hosted by Javed Chaudhry, former Pakistan President, General Pervez Musharraf has said that he was not going to alter his plans to return to the country, despite news that warrants had been issued for his arrest upon arrival.
“I am ready to face all problems,” was Mushrarraf’s short answer in reply to Sindh Home Minister Manzoor Wasan’s statement that he had received warrants for Musharraf’s arrest.
The former President went on to add that while there was a warrant out for his arrest, it was for non appearance in court than for anything related to the case directly "court has declared me absconder for not appearing before court." He claimed that he was not particularly troubled by the warrant, “my legal team is looking into it.”
Asked whether he would be able to visit different cities of Pakistan through any sort of deal with the government, Musharraf categorically stated that there was no arrangement with the government “there is no deal with the government.”
When Chaudhary asked about Musharraf’s trip to Saudi Arabia before coming to Pakistan, Musharraf confirmed the trip but differed over the purpose, “I will be visiting Saudi Arabia on January 23 . . . for Umra . . . don’t know yet whether I will meet with King Abdullah or not.”
DawnNews on Monday reported that Musharraf had spoken with General Ashfaq Kayani over his return to the country.