Pakistan police book Musharraf
PAKISTAN: Pakistan Tuesday registered a criminal case against Pervez
Musharraf, a precursor to potentially putting the ex-president on trial
over his 2007 detention of judges as he attempted to cling to power.
Musharraf imposed a state of emergency and sacked about 60 judges on
November 3, 2007 when the supreme court appeared poised to declare him
ineligible to contest a presidential election while in military uniform.
On a plea filed by lawyer Mohammad Aslam Ghuman, Islamabad district
and sessions judge Mohammad Akmal directed police to register a case
against Musharraf, who is currently in Europe. “We have registered a
case against Pervez Musharraf under Pakistan’s Penal Code,” Hakim Khan,
the chief officer of the relevant police station, told AFP.
The registration of the case will now see police investigate the
charges levelled against the former head of state, who seized power in a
“It is a criminal case,” another police official told AFP. Tuesday’s
move comes just weeks after a 14-member bench led by supreme court chief
justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry last month declared Musharraf’s acts
illegal when he dismissed top judges and ordered their detention.
Islamabad, Wednesday, AFP