— summoned on June 13 in judges’ detention case

ISLAMABAD: The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad on Friday resumed the hearing of the judges’ detention case while accepting Pervez Musharraf’s plea for exemption from personal appearance on Friday. The court directed the former military ruler to appear before the court on June 13. Musharraf’s lawyer submitted an application in the ATC and pleaded the court to exempt his client from appearance. Judge Atiqur Rehman accepted the plea and summoned the former dictator on the next hearing of the case. It is pertinent to mention that the ATC, in its last hearing, warned Musharraf’s guarantors of strict legal action if he failed to appear before the court on Thursday. During the last hearing of the case, Musharraf’s counsel presented the medical report of Musharraf and pleaded the court that his client could not appear before the court due to security reasons and life threats. The judges’ detention case is based on an FIR against the retired general registered in August 2009 on the complaint of Advocate Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Ghumman. He asked the police to initiate legal proceedings against Musharraf for detaining over 60 judges of superior judiciary, including the then chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, after proclamation of a state of emergency in the country on November 3, 2007. 

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