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More legal trouble for Musharraf as court orders arrest in Bhutto case

world Updated: Apr 26, 2013 00:20 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times
Pervez Musharraf

Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf is struggling to battle the country’s judiciary which continues to order his arrest in one case after another, ensuring that he remains in the country and entangled in litigation.

On Thursday, an anti-terrorism court issued orders for the arrest of former president Pervez Musharraf in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.

Musharraf is already under arrest in a case that relates to detention of Supreme Court judges and is under detention at his farm house in Chak Shehzad on the outskirts of Islamabad which has been declared a sub-jail.

A day earlier Musharraf’s lawyer Ahmad Raza Kasuri shed tears before the media saying that Musharraf was being denied the right to meet his mother in Dubai and that this was a violation of his basic rights.

“He has come to Pakistan and he is not running away,” he told journalists in Islamabad.

Musharraf has been named in three high profile cases which include the murder of Benazir Bhutto, the murder of Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti and a case of sedition for staging a coup in 1999 and for declaring emergency in the country in 2007.

Earlier on April 17, the Lahore High Court Rawalpindi bench had granted Musharraf pre-arrest interim bail in the murder case till April 24 against two surety bonds of Rs 5 million each.