Benazir murder case: Court orders release of Musharraf

Release order comes after the payment of two surety bonds worth Rs1 million each.


Web Desk May 21, 2013
Former president Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: A court ordered the release of former president Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto murder case, Express News reported on Wednesday.

The release order came after the payment of two surety bonds worth Rs1 million each.

Musharraf has been detained in his Chak Shahzad farmhouse since April 19 on multiple criminal charges.

The court had granted bail to Musharraf in the case on May 20.

Judges's detention case

Earlier in the day, an anti-terrorism court rejected Musharraf’s bail plea in the judges’ detention case.

On May 18, the court extended the judicial remand of Musharraf for another 14 days in the case.

The court order came a day after the main complainant in the case disassociated himself from the case.

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

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 had 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.

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COMMENTS (26)

Shah | 8 years ago | Reply

@ liaqat ali

Musharraf did not say anything like "either give me power or I am out."

The latest news states that he refused to go out. In addition, before coming to politics, he said that he will give it one try, if successful then good otherwise he will again say 'Pakistan ka Khuda Hafiz'

Cant understand how you heard it from his mouth and came up with this statement. He never begged anyone to give him power, neither he could think that way because he knew that after returning, he would be in a hostile situation as court cases are ready for him.

liaqat ali | 8 years ago | Reply

@Nida: I replied right away but somehow ET doesnt like to publish .Here is another try.In army you become leader by your professional competence and once you are there, people under you are obliged to obey you irrespective of whether they like it or not.In democratic polictical arena you struggle, you convince , you go to jail, you win hearts and mind , you earn your votes and then become a leader. Imran khan struggled for 16 years.nawaz sharif suffered exile and humiliations in Attock cell including snakes.Zadari was in jail for 8 years.And here you go. Our hero Musharraf says either give me power or I am out. I heard it from his mouth. It is your option to call it leadership. I dont.

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