History will hold judges responsible if anything happens to Musharraf: Kasuri

Published: March 11, 2014
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Former president Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: REUTERS

Former president Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Advocate Ahmed Raza Kasuri told the special court that former president Pervez Musharraf could not make it to court as his life was still under threat, Express News reported on Tuesday.

During the hearing of the treason case against Musharraf, Kasuri stated that the interior ministry had said that there was a threat to Musharraf’s life.

The interior ministry, which happens to be his prosecutor, had warned that there is a serious threat to his life from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and al Qaeda.

Kasuri further stated that if something happens to the retired general, history would hold the three judges of the special court – Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali – responsible.

Prosecutor Akram Sheikh told the court that security was increased as 2,200 officers – compared to earlier 1,100 – were deployed to ensure Musharraf’s safety.

Kasuri said proper screening of security officers was necessary to ensure safety.

Rana Ijaz Ahmed Khan, a member of Musharraf’s legal team was escorted out of the courtroom for exchanging harsh words with the judges.

Escorted out

Khan claimed that the judges were “killers for hire” to which the court responded that he committed contempt of court and a notice would be issued to him in this regard.

Speaking to the media, Musharraf’s counsel Barrister Saif said that the judges asked security to escort Khan out of the court, claiming that this action by the judges was proof that they were biased against Musharraf.

Musharraf was ordered to appear before the court on March 14.

Background

The former president faces treason charges under Article 6 for suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution, imposing an emergency in the country in November 2007 and detaining judges of the superior courts.

The 70-year-old had fallen ill and taken to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi over three months ago where he is still under treatment.

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  • tahironly
    Mar 11, 2014 - 12:23PM

    LOL, HISTORY!!! reallly
    ask families of missing persons and families affected in Pakistan due to Afghan war they will tell you who is responsible. History doesn’t live in Pakistan if she is then Kasuries are Kasurwar for Bhuttos.

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  • Zi
    Mar 11, 2014 - 1:25PM

    And who the history is going to hold responsible for what is happening to Pakistan? Every action has an equal and opposite reaction!

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  • Mar 11, 2014 - 1:32PM

    Stay safe sir Musharraf Pakistan needs you.

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  • Zi
    Mar 11, 2014 - 1:32PM

    Every action has an equal and opposite reaction. Qasuri sahib, don’t blame anyone if your actions rebound to make you a victim. Learn some lessons from history apart from learning only tricks from it.

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  • Shams Khan
    Mar 11, 2014 - 2:14PM

    The way history held responsible Moulvi Mushtaq L O LRecommend

  • Zaka
    Mar 11, 2014 - 2:23PM

    Very true. It seems there is no government. Government herself has issued a security warning.

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  • MA
    Mar 11, 2014 - 2:40PM

    People like Kasuri is the reason Pakistan is where we are today. They would go to lengths to save the corrupt and make matters controversial. the quickly we get rid of them the better.

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  • Tani
    Mar 11, 2014 - 3:09PM

    Why will history hold judges responsible? Judges duty is not to police and provide security, it’s duty is to provide justice to victims and punish the guilty holding him accountable… How irresponsible and weak defense in fAvour of accused..blame the agencies responsible for security- police,etc if anything happens..they are the ones that look after security of its citizens not the judges!Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 11, 2014 - 3:26PM

    ……..and will history hold responsible for Benazir’s murder ??

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  • akhtartak
    Mar 11, 2014 - 5:04PM

    Nawaz sharif will eventually pay the price for using bikaoo judges
    Like previous CJ the current lot are doing his bidding Recommend

  • Emmad
    Mar 11, 2014 - 5:12PM

    @ Well Said Kasuries are Kasurwars for Bhottos…

    History will hold you responsible Kasuri Sb for supporting Musharraf.Recommend

  • Omar Khurshid
    Mar 11, 2014 - 5:20PM

    Mein kise se darta warts nahi hoon, but I won’t come to court, even when 2200 guards are on the deployed route.

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  • unbelievable
    Mar 11, 2014 - 7:29PM

    So much drama – can’t you just start the trial? Everyone forgets that this guy is charged with murder and other crimes and in most countries would be sitting in a jail cell during his trial. Recommend

  • A
    Mar 11, 2014 - 9:17PM

    Kangroo courts going right into the direction given to them by Nawaz sharif

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