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Musharraf booked after govt consultations

Pakistani police's registration of a case against ex-President Pervez Musharraf for "illegal" detention of 60 judges during his tenure was the consequence of consultations at the highest levels of government, even as the army too "kept mum" on the issue, a media report has said.

world Updated: Aug 12, 2009 14:53 IST

Pakistani police's registration of a case against ex-President Pervez Musharraf for "illegal" detention of 60 judges during his tenure was the consequence of consultations at the highest levels of government, even as the army too "kept mum" on the issue, a media report has said.

A registration of the First Information Report yesterday by a police station in the heart of Islamabad followed consultations at the highest levels of the government, which "happily allowed" police to book the former military ruler.

At the same time, the Pakistan Army is "keeping mum on the ongoing rumpus involving its ex-chief," The News daily quoted its sources as saying.

On Monday, the local district and sessions court directed police to register a case against Musharraf, currently in Europe, for illegally detaining over 60 members of the superior judiciary after he imposed emergency in November 2007. The order was issued in response to a petition filed by a lawyer.

The government was "shy to admit" that consultations were held on the issue though "it has played its part to fix Musharraf by getting a court order against the retired general," The News reported.

Police said Musharraf could face arrest on his return to the country. Legal experts said he could be given a three-year jail term if found guilty of illegally detaining the judges.

Last month, the Supreme Court declared the 2007 emergency as unconstitutional and illegal, raising the possibility of Musharraf being tried on charges of treason.