Musharraf told to look for next judges’ detention hearing

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ISLAMABAD: The anti-terrorism court in the federal capital, which has been hearing the judges’ detention case granted exemption to former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf for appearing during today’s hearing and stated the old president to bend up at the next hearing of the case.

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The appeal for Musharraf’s exemption submitted in the anti-terror court said the former president was having from a pain in the backbone due to which he could not appear in court today.

In the period of time, giving the former president exemption from today’s appearance, the ATC warned of stern action against Musharraf’s guarantors in case he neglects to show up for the next hearing of the case.

The judges’ detention case is founded on an FIR filed in August 2009 against the retired general on the complaint of Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Ghumman advocate.

Ghumman had asked the police to start legal proceedings against Musharraf for detaining over 60 judges, including then chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry after the announcement of a state of emergency in the country on Nov 3, 2007.

The federal government in Nov 2013 decided to try Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution and a special tribunal was set up in the federal capital city in this respect.

He later transferred to Karachi where he has been staying since April 20, 2014 and has been undergoing treatment for his medical complaints.

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