Dramatic turn: Complainant withdraws from judges’ detention case

Published: May 18, 2013
Former president Pervez Musharraf's bail in the judges' detention case. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Former president Pervez Musharraf's bail in the judges' detention case. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


In a dramatic turn of events, the main complainant in the judge’s detention case against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf disassociated himself from the case on Friday.

“I have decided to drop the case as I feel it is in the interest of the country,” Advocate Chaudhry Aslam Ghuman announced at a hurriedly-called news conference on Friday night.

The case is based on a First Information Report (FIR) registered against Musharraf on August 11, 2009 by the police secretariat for detaining over 60 judges, including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

Advocate Ghuman – the chief complainant – had submitted an application before the local police station.

On April 20, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui rejected Musharraf’s bail plea and ordered his arrest. Later, the Islamabad chief commissioner declared Musharraf’s Chak Shehzad farm house a sub-jail.

Ghuman, accompanied by two friends, failed to justify why he disassociated himself from the case. He, however, said the country is going through turmoil and he felt he should not peruse it any further.

“What will the country gain, if I pursue the case?’’ he asked.

Advocate Ghuman claimed he was under no pressure to withdraw himself from the case, and took the decision in the supreme interest of the country. “I’m a professional lawyer…there is no pressure on me neither from the military nor any political party,” he said.

An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) will take up Musharraf’s bail on Saturday (today).

Published in The Express Tribune, May 18th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • Salman
    May 18, 2013 - 12:10PM

    All this drama was to keep Musharraf away from Elections.


  • shakeel
    May 18, 2013 - 5:20PM


    even if he had participated in elections he cannot win, if imran khan win only 30 seats after so much struggle,how can he won in elections.it was his most stupid decision.


    May 18, 2013 - 6:34PM

    The cases against the Great Musharraf is all fabricated He should be relies immediately as a Hero.Recommend

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