ATC judge outraged over Musharraf’s absence

Court announces action against guarantors in case of non-availability of ex-ruler on May 23

ISLAMABAD – The Anti-Terrorism Court on Friday stated that action will be taken against guarantors of Pervez Musharraf if the former president failed to appear on May 23 in the judges’ detention case.

During the proceedings, the court expressed resentment over the former president's absence in the court, stating that the accused can travel to Karachi but cannot appear before the court. Musharraf's lawyer informed the court that his client went to Karachi for medical treatment and doctors have recommended immediate surgery for his spinal fracture.

The lawyer requested the court to grant Musharraf one day exemption from appearance. The court ordered Musharraf to appear on May 23, otherwise, action will be taken against his guarantors. The case over the detention of the judges is based on an FIR filed against the former ruler in August 2009.

The FIR itself is based on a complaint by a lawyer named Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam Ghumman who had asked police to initiate proceedings against Musharraf for detaining over 60 judges, including then chief justice of Pakistan justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, after imposing emergency on November 3, 2007.

The case is one of three against Musharraf in courts within Pakistan.


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