Benazir murder case: Court rejects bank’s plea to reopen Musharraf’s account

The trial judge said the bank had no legal standing to request detachment of the account.


Mudassir Raja July 26, 2012

RAWALPINDI:


An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Wednesday dismissed a bank’s plea seeking permission to reopen the bank account of former president Pervez Musharraf after it was seized in connection with the Benazir Bhutto murder case.


Special Judge ATC-I Chaudhry Habibur Rehman dismissed the plea of Habib Bank Limited in Islamabad asking for reopening of the attached account claiming it to be a trust account.

The trial judge, while disposing of the plea, said the bank had no legal standing to request detachment of the account as only the affected persons could approach the court.

The bank through its branch manager had asked for reopening the account containing over Rs60 million, calling it a trust account that had money which was supposed to be used for the welfare of needy people.

The account was seized after the former president, an accused in the case of Benazir Bhutto’s murder, was declared a proclaimed offender and his properties were attached by the court.

A special public prosecutor from the Federal Investigation Agency had contended before the court that the account was the personal account of Musharraf and it was never used for welfare purpose.

Secondly, the bank had no legal standing to urge for reopening the account as they were not affected by the court order.

Thirdly, a proclaimed offender can only personally claim legal relief after getting bail from the court or surrendering himself before law enforcers.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 26th, 2012.

COMMENTS (15)

hamza khan | 9 years ago | Reply

@Karim:

agree...most of it is political animosity. i am fully prepared to see it reach a crescendo in the next few months as he makes an announcement to return to pakistan. alll the jahil mullahs and their supporters in the PML-N and like minded parties will be attacking him. the difference is this time he will be giving answers back. no more free hits.

hamza khan | 9 years ago | Reply

@Mirza:

and what wrong thing has he said? you dont think that iran having a nuclear bomb is a bigger invitation to israels wrath than simply giving it up. he is entitled to his opinion. he has always maintained that iran's nuclear program was not needed, given it has no direct threat to its existence. israel could never destroy iran, whereas pakistan and india have had 3 wars and have a history. this is the context he bases his analysis on. to imply that he is siding with israel is stupid and wrong. he has never sided with isreal. he has only stated that iran shouldnt be acquiring nuclear weapons. and most people in the world would agree.

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