Benazir murder case: ATC awards 4-day physical remand of Musharraf

Published: April 26, 2013
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Musharraf had reservations regarding the joint investigation team but the court turned it down. PHOTO: REUTERS

Musharraf had reservations regarding the joint investigation team but the court turned it down. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) Rawalpindi special judge Chahudhry Habibur Rehman permitted a four-day physical remand of former president Pervez Musharraf in reference to the Benazir Bhutto murder case to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Express News reported on Friday.

The team of investigators of FIA will interrogate Musharraf while he stays at his Chak Shahzad Farmhouse during the time period of the remand.

The retired general appeared in court in Rawalpindi for his remand hearing under tight security. He is accused of conspiracy to murder former prime minister Bhutto, who died in a gun and suicide attack in December 2007.

It is the second of three cases dating back to his 1999-2008 rule for which Musharraf has been arrested since returning to Pakistan on March 24 after four years of self-imposed exile, promising to contest elections.

“We requested a three-day remand of retired general Pervez Musharraf and judge Chaudhry Habib-ur Rehman gave a three-day remand and adjourned the case until Monday,” prosecutor Chaudhry Azhar told AFP.

Musharraf is being held at his plush villa on the edge of Islamabad where his party complained that he has been confined to two rooms and stripped of his personal staff.

The trial court on Thursday gave FIA permission to formally arrest the former president for interrogation turning down his request to alter the joint investigation team.

Musharraf is already serving a 14-day judicial remand in Judge’s detention case and has been asked to again appear in the ATC on April 30 for Benazir murder case.

He is also barred from running in next month’s general election on May 11 and has been threatened with death by the Taliban.

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Reader Comments (49)

  • Damn
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:38AM

    This guy was the head of SSG hes SSG qualified u think the 14 day remand can mess him?.

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  • citizen
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:38AM

    Ho does not deserve this kind of humiliating treatment . he was much better in the lot of past leaders . I strongly protest against this unjust behavior of courts .

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  • HH
    Apr 26, 2013 - 10:43AM

    Pathetic!

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  • Shah (Berlin)
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:06AM

    Respect for the cammando that he knew this will happen and still entered Pakistan…..
    Judiciary is taking revenge thats another story…!!!!

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  • CJP
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:18AM

    Seriously, if Musharraf can be tried for Benazir’s murder, then there should be trial for Murtaza Bhuttos’ murder as well? Who was the Prime Minister at that time? Anybody?!

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  • dara
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:29AM

    A student takes the quiz of his professor-this is Pakistan.

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  • Habib Khan
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:35AM

    Musharraf deserves this. What he did with elected PM of Pakistan?
    As you sow, so shall you reap.

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  • Apr 26, 2013 - 11:36AM

    its all Justice nothing else, one should be punished upon his unethical acts even though he is Presedent or a King.

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  • Ali Awan
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:40AM

    What goes around, comes around….Even the honourable judge of Pakistan Supreme Court didn’t deserve the sort of humiliation he received….

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  • Usman Mujtaba
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:50AM

    Why physical remand in Farm House?
    If Nawaz Sharif, Shehbaz Sharif, Zulfiqar Bhutto, Saad Rafique, Siddique Alfarooq, Ahsan Iqbal, Pervez Rasheed and Khawaja Asif can go to jail; why not Pervez Musharraf.
    Pervez Musharraf has committed serious crimes. He should be dealt like others. There should be no superior treatment.

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  • Hammad
    Apr 26, 2013 - 11:58AM

    If justice for all is what this judiciary is up to, then I reckon cases like Swiss Accounts, Asghar Khan case, Prince Arsalan, Supreme Court attack, Hudaibia paper mills also need to be pursued like this. That will never happen I reckon.

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  • Zoha Ali
    Apr 26, 2013 - 12:02PM

    Pervez Musharraf dismissed an elected government of Pakistan.
    He arrested elected Prime Minister, other federal ministers and Chief Minister Punjab.
    He dismissed entire judiciary.
    He banned all judges in their houses along with their families.
    He signed NRO with PPP and forgave all corruption. This corruption was done on the money of our taxes.
    He killed hundreds muslims in Laal Masjid.
    He dis-obeyed constitution of Pakistan.
    He imposed un-constitutional emergency.

    Shame for Pervez Musharraf. He should be severely punished.

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  • Alee
    Apr 26, 2013 - 12:04PM

    He might be a commando but his age and health can tear him apart. Recommend

  • Faisal
    Apr 26, 2013 - 12:15PM

    If Iftikhar Chaudery is doing wat Musharruf did to him then where is the higher moral ground ? Is he an unfair and unjust person too?

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  • Sajid Rauf
    Apr 26, 2013 - 12:17PM

    Its simply called Judicial terrorism. My support is with Musharraf. He done massive support on Earthquake 2005.

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  • Dinar Wali
    Apr 26, 2013 - 12:24PM

    This is utter nonsense. It does seems vendetta is being done rather justice.

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  • Neutral
    Apr 26, 2013 - 12:33PM

    Biased judiciary.. that’s all i can say. there had been so many suicide bomb attacks during the PPP’s tenure. why dont they blame Yousuf Raza Gilani or Zardari for them?

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  • Amir
    Apr 26, 2013 - 12:42PM

    Biased Judiciary. Love you Musharraf, you did everything right for Pakistan.

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  • z,khan
    Apr 26, 2013 - 12:59PM

    As long in farmhouse all is judicial and journalism juglary. Take him to some prison as he did for his ousted opponants then shall see who is more powerful, law or ————?

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  • sajida
    Apr 26, 2013 - 1:41PM

    judiciary at its prejudiced best,they are only humiliating him.

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  • Abdil Qadir
    Apr 26, 2013 - 1:49PM

    Musharraf is oppressed in the hands of criminal politicians, biased media and judiciary. There are many other who have caused immense damage to this country and created so many issues but they are free. Shameful for Pakistan that a person who gave Pakistan strength from all perspectives and Internationally so much respectful is suffering judicial revenge.

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  • kashif
    Apr 26, 2013 - 1:50PM

    Everyone is equal in front of the law. If today we punish Musharaf and set an example out of him, only then will the military never think of indulging in politics.

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  • R
    Apr 26, 2013 - 1:57PM

    He is also responsible for the death of over 4000 pakistani soldiers during kargil war.

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  • Mujahid Torwali
    Apr 26, 2013 - 1:57PM

    Completely wrong decision of the ATC

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  • Hu
    Apr 26, 2013 - 2:04PM

    You can not pin point him on the Benazir Murder case. It is like punishing the leader for anything that goes wrong during their tenure.
    Judges case yes.. he is worthy of blame…

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  • Salman
    Apr 26, 2013 - 2:05PM

    @Zoha Ali:
    Why did he arrest the elected government? Imagine you’re in air and your plane isn’t allowed to land with only 15 mins of fuel left, is this ethical? Is this lawful? Is this what democractic government does?

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  • Rashid
    Apr 26, 2013 - 2:25PM

    Lets see how much shame judiciary can bring on themselves. Musharaf is going to come out clean. Long Live Musharaf!!

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  • Usman786
    Apr 26, 2013 - 2:36PM

    @Zoha Ali: None of your point effect people of Pakistan except power club

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  • asif
    Apr 26, 2013 - 2:40PM

    Pakistan needs a new Supreme Court.

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  • Water Bottle
    Apr 26, 2013 - 2:41PM

    @Shah (Berlin):

    “Respect for the cammando that he knew this will happen and still entered Pakistan”

    Then why did he leave Pakistan in the first place? Have perspective.

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  • Rabia Haroon
    Apr 26, 2013 - 2:43PM

    Biggest shame for Musharraf who raised punch on May 12, 2007 after massive bloodshed in Karachi. This killer should be punished. ALMIGHTY ALLAH will punish him even if he escapes from courts of Pakistan on the basis of lack of evidence.

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  • Apr 26, 2013 - 2:51PM

    I see horrible consequences of Musharraf episode. Judiciary is playing with fire.

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  • Dr.Non Political
    Apr 26, 2013 - 3:28PM

    Yes the judiciary is exagrating ! but I beleiev in Justice ! if there is any !!
    same should be done with each and every corrupt politician !

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  • Enlightened
    Apr 26, 2013 - 3:35PM

    Judiciary is paying back Musharraf with compound interest but military keeping quiet on such huge humiliation inflicted on their former COAS is rather strange.

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  • Sattar Malka
    Apr 26, 2013 - 3:56PM

    Musharraf period was excellent but in his last tenure he did 3 big mistakes 1) NRO to his seat safety 2) Action against Judiciacry 3) Lal Masjid incident (not handled professionall) . NOw he is in trouble hopefully we will see the justice.

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  • Faiz
    Apr 26, 2013 - 3:59PM

    I am not a supporter of Nawaz Sharif, however, my question is, why the so called commando imposed emergency in 1999 even he was selected by two-third majority of the people of Pakistan. He must be humiliated as much as possible, otherwise, Pakistan will never see justice for all system.

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  • Bhatti
    Apr 26, 2013 - 4:10PM

    Biased Judiciary!!

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  • Nasir Mahmood
    Apr 26, 2013 - 4:26PM

    What Mussolini, a cruel dictator said “Dictator must die as a ruler because nobody even accepts his dead body after he loses power”.

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  • M@ni
    Apr 26, 2013 - 4:26PM

    Musharaf should be made a lesson for the history!

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  • WASEEM
    Apr 26, 2013 - 4:29PM

    Judges are playing politics.

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  • Babablacksheep
    Apr 26, 2013 - 4:51PM

    plz also run Arsalan cases on daily base too.

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  • Sher Ghazi
    Apr 26, 2013 - 4:54PM

    I strongly condemn on this act? Where is Raja rental Pervez Ashraf, Yousaf Raza Ghilaani, Touqeer Sadiq and Rehman malik. Totally unfair with this gentle man. Recommend

  • Faizi
    Apr 26, 2013 - 5:08PM

    May ALLAH Protect Pervez Musharraf – Aameen

    This is not justice and if this is justice then our BIASED CJP should also :

    a) Send arrest warrant for Nawaz Sharrif
    b) Send arrest warrant for Zardari
    c) Send arrest warrant for Raja Rental
    d) Yusuf Raza Gillani
    e) All Feudal lords who have been just consuming taxpayers / and poor people money doing zero

    C’Mon – People of Pakistan – do not vote for any of the previously elected govt / leaders as they haven’t done nothing for Pakistan –

    Pervez Musharraf – our prayers are with you and you will come out with PRIDE !!! Inshallah

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  • JS
    Apr 26, 2013 - 5:17PM

    Musharraf, You’ll Never Walk Alone!

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  • Awais
    Apr 26, 2013 - 6:05PM

    What is wrong with this country, especially the judiciary?
    Those who benefited from Benazir’s murder, did corruption, earned money for themselves and allowed the state to become a lawless massacre ground are roaming free. For five years they ruled the country they didn’t give a damn about who did it. Why is Musharraf being treated like this? Because he was President?
    During Zardari’s tenure more politicians and civilians have been murdered than any other presidency, why is he not under trial?
    Can’t believe the hypocrisy of the media either. Why are they not making a ruckus of all of this injustice as they did during Musharraf’s term, for tiny things?

    God bless Musharraf, truth always prevails!

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  • mosiqar
    Apr 26, 2013 - 7:53PM

    In democratic countries all major desiccations are made after the elections. Pakistan never have a true democracy prior to Aye Khan or after him. Musharraf is also one of them and so is the Nawaz shreef.
    My biggest complaint against Mr. Musharraf Pervaiz is when he disqualified 80% of non graduate Pakistanis to be elected for the parliament. I asked this government and all Pakistanis “Who is Pakistani and who is qualified to be elected leader and who will decide to be elected?? “ Looked at the Indian elections, Phollan Devi was Criminal, Dacoit, Serve her time and then elected by the people and for the people. Personal characters and Degrees are not the qualifications to Electoral College of Pakistan it is the people of Pakistan to decide

    Mosiqar

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Apr 26, 2013 - 8:28PM

    @Sattar Malka: And don’t forget his subverting the constitution by taking over an elected government by the sear force of tanks and guns.The treatment he meted out to the sitting prime minister in 1999 is shameful and it is time that he faces the consequences of his illegal actions otherwise there will be another ambitious General waiting in the wings.I would rather take broken democracy than military dictatorship. Lets not confuse the issue, what his government did or not but did he subverted the constitution in 1999 and 2007.

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  • Apr 26, 2013 - 11:05PM

    I strongly support Musharaf and protest against the action. Let us all support him. He is better than PPP and N.Recommend

  • Aschraful Makhlooq
    Apr 27, 2013 - 10:16AM

    The police and investigation agencies should never forget and ignore this harsh reality that any severe physical torture to Musharraf or any physically damage of any Musharraf’s body part may/shall create the severe problems and difficulties for the investigation agencies including police because Musharraf a retired army general,has been army chief and Pakistan’s president and not a civilian.And getting physical remand never ever mean that Musharraf shall be proven Benazir Bhutto’s killer because Musharraf is never involved in Benazir Bhutto’s murder because some the terrorist groups were threatened Benazir Bhutto to kill this is why Musharraf forbade Benazir Bhutto to come to Pakistan.Therefore those who are rejoicing on Musharraf’s arrest against Benazir Bhutto’s murder shall be sad and disappointed very very very soon when Musharraf shall be declared innocent and sinless in Benazir Bhutto’s murder case Insha Allah Almighty…..

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