ISLAMABAD: The special anti-terrorism court (ATC) has granted exemption to former president Pervez Musharraf on medical grounds from appearing before the court on Monday’s hearing in the judges’ detention case. During the course of the hearing, the former president’s counsel Ilyas Siddiqui presented Musharraf’s medical report to the ATC Judge Atiqur Rahman. It mentioned that the former president could not appear before the court due to his heart ailment. The court granted Musharraf exemption from appearance and adjourned the case till February 10. On Jan 17, the ATC ordered Musharraf to personally appear before it on the hearing of January 27. The case was registered against Musharraf on August 11, 2009 on the complaint of a local advocate Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Ghumman for confining over 60 judges of the superior courts after imposing Emergency rule on November 3, 2007. Ghumman later announced that he would not pursue the case ‘in the larger public interest’.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 28th, 2014.
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