Possible attack on Musharraf: Agencies to brief court today on threat alert

Published: March 13, 2014
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Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

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

ISLAMABAD: 

The special court has decided to ask heads of the country’s top spy agencies to give a briefing over the authenticity of the threat alert issued by the interior ministry, which stated that there could be a possible attack on Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf by alQaeda and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

The heads of intelligence agencies, including the director-general of the ISI, will brief the special bench in the judges’ chamber at 1 pm today (Thursday). The court will continue the proceedings of the high-treason case and after the hearing, the agencies will brief the court about its security alert that warned of militants lining up Musharraf convoy’s route from AFIC to special court premises in an attempt to target him.

The court set Friday as the day to indict the former military ruler for high treason. It also directed the interior secretary to take all necessary measures for Musharraf’s security.

Akram Sheikh, who leads the prosecution, told The Express Tribune that Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Military Intelligence (MI) had sent the excerpt to the interior ministry’s National Crisis Management Cell (NCMC) regarding the threat alert and it was not a warning letter by the ministry.

However, according to a senior official,the circular was a routine alert from the premier agency and the NCMC issued it as a letter from the ministry without prior information or approval.

The ministry officials sent text messages to media-persons,saying the ministry had nothing to do with the letter or the security alert, he added.

The court, while accepting Sharifuddin Pirzada’s request to adjourn the case till Thursday, asked Musharraf’s counsel to argue the petition regarding the trial of his abettors under Article 6 of the Constitution.

RanaIjaz’s(no) entry in court

Sharifuddin Pirzada also requested the court to allow one of his team’s lawyers, Rana Ijaz, to attend the court proceedings again.

The court had asked security officials to cancel Ijaz’s entry pass for his contemptuous behaviour and derogatory remarks for special court judges during Tuesday’s proceedings. He had called the court a “slaughterhouse”.

Ijaz further claimed that he received an anonymous threat call and in case he was killed, an FIR should be registered against Justice Faisal Arab, the leading judge of the three-member special court.

Musharraf’s team of lawyers quickly disassociated themselves from this, saying they were Ijaz’s own views.

In its written order, the special court held, “We direct that Rana Ijaz be physically removed from the court. The Registrar of this court is now directed to cancel his entry pass and direct security in-charge not to allow Rana Ijaz to enter the courtroom in future.”

Published in The Express Tribune, March 13th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • lalai
    Mar 13, 2014 - 9:19AM

    Scare tactics! Be careful judges.

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  • Mirza
    Mar 13, 2014 - 9:59AM

    Yes it is the real justice. Our agencies are the most honest, transient and truthful institutions that never deviate from the righteous path. Their testimony should be the only thing of credibility the rest of the evidence and facts means nothing.
    While a large bench of SC was wasting time and resources on an undated, unsigened memo and sending three of the sitting HC CJ to Europe to get the testimony of one shady and dodgy foreign character. This court cannot use the same cameras and or do the hearing in the luxury and safety of farmhouse. Or just do it in the hospital where Mushy has made a permanent home. Commando Mushy is not a coward to run away just because of paper threats. Main kisi se darta warta nahin hon.

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  • Mirza
    Mar 13, 2014 - 10:02AM

    The amount of monies and resources that are wasted on one retired Commando Mushy must be directed to Thar. That should provide food and medicines to most of the poor people there. Frame the charges and then throw the commando out of Pakistan and take care of the poor starving masses.

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  • A J Khan
    Mar 13, 2014 - 10:59AM

    Courts are too open to be made privy to information of importance. This could end up in disaster.

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  • Javaid Bashir
    Mar 13, 2014 - 11:47AM

    The court has done the right thing to ask the ISI and the heads of the agencies to explain the nature of the threat to Musharaff. It seems it was just a routine matter. Interior ministry should have checked it before issuing the letter. It is just a ploy of the general’s lawters.

    Rana Ejaz should never be allowed in the Court. The other cousuls saved themselves by disamcing from him. All the lawtyers should behave in a professional manner at all times.

    Let the proceedings go on as the life gors on.

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  • salim
    Mar 13, 2014 - 11:52AM

    The court should show patience. Rana Ejaz must be allowed to fulfill his obligations and carry out his responsibilities.

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