ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf was transferred from Chak Shahzad farmhouse to Islamabad Police Headquarters on Friday, Express News reported.
Musharraf was supposed to be brought before the Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) on Friday, but due to some engagements ATC Judge was not available. Therefore, he was taken to the Police Headquarters. According to sources, judges went to a judicial conference.
Higher police officials decided that Police Headquarters will be more secure for Musharraf, who had received death threats from Taliban earlier.
Musharraf was to stay at Police Headquarters Mess until Saturday, from where he would be taken to the ATC hearing.
Earlier on Friday, an Islamabad magistrate's court had granted two-day transit remand of former president in judges' house arrest case.
The former president - who fled the court yesterday after arrest order was issued against him - appeared before the court today.
Musharraf’s farmhouse in Chak Shahzad was also declared sub-jail.
All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) spokesman Muhammad Amjad said the magistrate had ordered Musharraf to appear before an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi after two days.
"Musharraf himself surrendered before the court Friday morning," Amjad added, denying media reports that he had been arrested prior to going to court.
His team said they would seek bail in the Supreme Court later Friday.
Court holds IG Islamabad responsible for Musharraf’s escape
The Islamabad High Court issued its written verdict in the judges house arrest case, holding Inspector General (IG) of Islamabad police responsible for letting Musharraf escape the court premises.
The court ordered the secretary interior to take action against the IG and present a report in this regard.
On the run
Earlier on April 18, Islamabad High Court judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui cancelled the bail application of Musharraf in the judges’ detention case and ordered his arrest, prompting the former president to immediately walk out of the packed courtroom. No one tried to stop him.
Had the order been implemented, it would have been the first time in Pakistan’s history that a former chief of army staff and former president would have been arrested on court premises.
The former military strongman, guarded by his small army of bodyguards, exited the courtroom, was ushered into his bulletproof SUV and was driven to his posh Chak Shahzad farmhouse, while Islamabad police present at the IHC premises stood by and watched him leave.
Moments earlier, the charge of terrorism was levelled against him.
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