Surety bond: Rs2.5m penalty if Musharraf fails to appear in court

Published: February 6, 2014
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Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf has pledged to appear in court if the hearing of his treason trial were to be referred to any court other than the special court, according to a surety bond, available with The Express Tribune.

If Musharraf fails to honor this commitment, he is liable to pay a penalty of Rs 2.5 million, according to the bond. Musharraf is due to appear before the special court on Friday but there are murmurs from his top aides about the likelihood of his appearance at the hearing.

APML general secretary Dr Muhammad Amjad told The Express Tribune, “Musharraf’s appearance before the three-judge special court led by Justice Faisal Arab is out of the question because the special court’s decision has already been challenged before the apex court.” Meanwhile, party member Ahmad Raza Kasuri says a decision had been taken regarding a court appearance, but said it is ‘secret’. Kasuri says Musharraf had submitted the bond under protest and without recognizing the authority and jurisdiction of the special court. The surety bond has been submitted under section 494/497 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

Additionally, a senior member of the former president’s legal team says Musharraf wrote a note on the back page of the bond saying, ‘The coercive process and proceedings before the special court are non quorum non judis and ultra vires and void. The court has till date not decided the issue of jurisdiction, constitution of the court and the application, filed by the secretary under Article 6, which is seriously contested. The court also not decided the application, where the appointment of the prosecutor has been challenged. In view of the above, no penal consequence can follow’. Last week, the special court issued bailable arrest warrants for Musharraf. “Musharraf penned a similar note on the arrest warrants issued on Monday,” the lawyer added.

Major General (retd) Rashid Quraishi is named as guarantor in this bond – he has therefore undertaken to ensure the presence of the accused if required by the bench. In the event of breaching the terms of the bond, Quraishi must pay the hefty financial penalty. Nazir Ahmad and Mumtaz Hussain are listed as witnesses to the surety bond.

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Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Dr Amjad announced that the APML will stage protests in cities across the country on February 7, the day the party chief is due to appear in court. “If all political leaders of the country including PM Nawaz Sharif, Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujjat can go abroad for medical checkups then how can Musharraf be denied the right to his own choice of treatment?” he asked.

Dr Amjad said Musharraf had given his party the go-ahead to hold rallies and stage protests against the discriminatory treatment he is facing. Protests will be held outside the press clubs in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad, Hyderabad, Peshawar, Quetta, Kashmir, Muzaffarabad, Multan, Gilgat–Baltistan and Chitral after noon prayers on Friday. Dr Amjad will lead a rally from the APML central secretariat to the Islamabad press club.

A security official told The Express Tribune that a few days ago, Musharraf refused to grant time for a visit to Dr Amjad as he was unhappy that the party did not protest the treatment he has been receiving. Dr Amjad then apologized, according to the official. Speaking with The Express Tribune, Dr Amjad refuted the claims and said he met the retired general four days ago. “Initially he did not allow the party to hold rallies but he has given us his consent after we have insisted on raising our voice,” Dr Amjad said. “We are determined to even hold a million-man march if needed.”

Published in The Express Tribune, February 6th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Dishearted Pakistani
    Feb 6, 2014 - 10:58AM

    Seriously! 2.5million Only? And you think he can’t pay that?

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  • Taseer Siddiqui
    Feb 6, 2014 - 11:23AM

    Very few countries in the world are blessed with leaders like Musharraf and dr mahatir who have served their nation’s with pride honestly and courage,had to make some unpopular decisions for sake of nation,both of these leaders are respected and admired world wide,how they have turned these struggling nation s on to path of prosperity and success………General Musharraf we salute you…….you are pride of Pakistan

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  • Jamil
    Feb 6, 2014 - 11:29AM

    Musharaf is a victim of vendetta. it is not a fair trial.we should search our conscious and stop it.

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  • khalid
    Feb 6, 2014 - 12:06PM

    Dear General, I request you to please appear before special court. Rule of Law has five fundamental dimensions: (1) No person is above the Law (2) Every Person has a right to fair trial (3) No person can be prosecuted for an act not punishable by law (4) Law must not operate discriminately (5) Judicial and adjudicative process must be fair & independent. First relates to your duty. Second, third & fourth are duties of the state/government and fifth one is duty of the Court. I am sure that the Courts would be prepared to comply with the fifth dimension of rule of Law independent of superiors, be they are in office or retired.

    Let time decide if justice was really malicious.Recommend

  • Afzal Hussain
    Feb 6, 2014 - 3:15PM

    Trail of Gen. Sb is totally unfair. It should be finished shortly.Recommend

  • waqar
    Feb 6, 2014 - 4:14PM

    what is going on this, unprofessional method, applied on Musharaf , Really he is the true leader of Pakistan. what about others with past 25years what they did with pakistan. is it good or Bad. just think about this. Recommend

  • ex paki
    Feb 6, 2014 - 10:26PM

    the judicial system in pakistan is not worth a dime the judges,attorneys and everybody affiliated to it are have no morals or ethics the are criminals themselves and they are on nawazs and zardaris payroll,at the same time they draw asalary from the pak govt how can musharrref who is a highly honest and straight shooter appear before these criminals

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Feb 6, 2014 - 10:39PM

    And you think that Rs 2.5 Million is too large amount for Billionaire Musharraf.
    He owns expensive apartment in Central London and USD accounts in UNB Bank Abu Dhabi. The value of his discovered assets is more than Rs 3,000 even if we ignore his undisclosed wealth!
    The amount of few million Ruppees is just peanuts for Musharraf.

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  • Naim
    Feb 7, 2014 - 12:34AM

    @Muslim Leaguer: Propaganda from the billionaire Pmln camp,no corruption to musharraf’s name proven,his apartment is worth 1.5 million pounds,he is a highly paid international speaker,no other Pakistani leader is able to command huge pay on the international lecture circuit,many hundreds of thousands of Pakistani’s living in the U.k/U.s.a have properties worth million pounds/dollars and above,he being ex president/army chief.Futile nonsense,real question is all the property owned
    by the sharif’s/zardari clans abroad.

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