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Pakistan: Gen Pervez Musharraf, Former Military Ruler Arrested


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The former military ruler of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf has surrendered to police in Pakistan twenty four hours after his escape from the Islamabad magistrate court and had been on the run after the court revoked his bail on Thursday.

Retired General Musharraf surrendered to Pakistani police Friday morning at his farmhouse on the outskirts of Islamabad. His farmhouse has been declared a sub-jail house by the Pakistani government where he detained.

General Musharraf is being accused of  is based on an FIR against the retired general registered in August 11, 2009 on the complaint of Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Ghumman, an advocate for detaining over 60 judges, as well as Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry when he declared a state of emergency on November 3, 2007.

The former Pakistani leader is also been accused of conspiracy to murder former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and the 2006 killing of Baloch nationalist leader, Akbar Khan Bugti in a separate case.

In a written court order issued on Thursday, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui commended that “Musharraf be taken into custody and dealt with in accordance with law.”

Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month after nearly four years of self-imposed exile to contest the May 11 general election. He returned to Pakistan to participate in the country’s May 11 election but was barred from participating in the election under his National Assembly this week but his party says they will still participate in the election despite the arrest and detention of their leader.









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