News / Asia

Pakistan Re-arrests Ex-President Musharraf

FILE - Pakistan's former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf, center, is seen after appearing in court in Rawalpindi, April 17, 2013.
FILE - Pakistan's former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf, center, is seen after appearing in court in Rawalpindi, April 17, 2013.
Ayaz Gul
Police in Pakistan have rearrested former military president Pervez Musharraf, a day after he was granted bail in other cases that apparently had paved the way for ending his six months of house arrest. 

A senior police officer told reporters Thursday that Musharraf has been rearrested in connection with a military operation he ordered in 2007 against a mosque in Islamabad.

The bloody crackdown was launched to flush out a group of heavily armed militants entrenched inside the so-called Red Mosque including its pro-Taliban cleric. But the move angered Islamic parties and they accused then President Musharraf of killing dozens of innocent students along with the radical cleric just to appease the United States.

However, Musharraf and his supporters denied the charges. Legal experts like Supreme Court lawyer Anis Jilani also questioned the motives for implicating the former military ruler in the case.

"It was mostly a collective decision. If you look at the newspapers of that period, you will see that almost the whole of media and almost the whole country, it was united and it was clamoring for the state to intervene and get rid of these militants," said Jilani.

Pakistan police officers man a checkpoint outside the house of former President Pervez Musharraf, where he has been held under house arrest, in Islamabad, Oct 10, 2013.Pakistan police officers man a checkpoint outside the house of former President Pervez Musharraf, where he has been held under house arrest, in Islamabad, Oct 10, 2013.
x
Pakistan police officers man a checkpoint outside the house of former President Pervez Musharraf, where he has been held under house arrest, in Islamabad, Oct 10, 2013.
Pakistan police officers man a checkpoint outside the house of former President Pervez Musharraf, where he has been held under house arrest, in Islamabad, Oct 10, 2013.
Police said that a complaint against the former president in the case was registered two weeks ago on the orders of a judge, paving the way for Thursday’s arrest. 

The move came a day after Pakistan’s Supreme Court granted Musharraf bail in the last of the three major cases pending against him.

Musharraf, the one-time military strongman, has been under house arrest at his villa outside Islamabad since April. The criminal charges he faces in the three cases are related to his nine years in power, from 1999 to 2008. 

He had already been granted bail in two of the three legal battles and Wednesday’s court decision to grant him bail in the third had apparently set the stage for the 70-year-old retired general to walk out of his house arrest.

Legal experts believed he would eventually win bail in the latest case because it also lacked substance. However, Musharraf’s spokeswoman, Aasiya Ishaq, has dismissed speculation he will flee the country as soon as he is freed.

“Presently he is staying here in Pakistan [and] he is not going anywhere. He has absolutely no plan in the near future to leave the country,” she said.

She said that instead of worrying about politically-motivated legal battles, Musharraf has been enjoying detention because it has allowed him to write his memoirs.

“He has written, almost completed, his book and it explains what are the reasons behind his coming back to Pakistan, what made him go ahead in spite of few friends who insisted that he should not come back to Pakistan at all because his life can be in jeopardy,” said Ishaq.

After stepping down as president in disgrace in 2008, Musharraf left the country and spent nearly four years in self-imposed exile. He returned to Pakistan earlier this year with a plan to run for political office, but was disqualified from running in the parliamentary elections this past May.

In one of the legal cases, Musharraf is accused of playing a role in the 2007 assassination of former Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto.

You May Like

Obama: I Will Do 'Everything I Can' to Close Guantanamo

US president says prison continues 'to inspire jihadists and extremists around the world' More

Sierra Leone Educates on Safe Ebola Burials

Also, country is improving at rapid response to isolated outbreaks, but health workers need to be even faster, officials say More

Christmas Gains Popularity in Vietnam

Increasingly wealthy Vietnamese embrace holiday due to its non-religious glamor, commercial appeal More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Ugandan Doctors Aid Victims of Sudan's Civil Wari
X
Adam Bailes
December 22, 2014 3:45 PM
In Sudan's state of South Kordofan, the number of amputees as result of civil war is in the thousands, but few have access to sufficient medical help. Adam Bailes recently visited the area and says a small team of Ugandan doctors has been providing remote help, producing new prosthetic limbs for those in need.
Video

Video Ugandan Doctors Aid Victims of Sudan's Civil War

In Sudan's state of South Kordofan, the number of amputees as result of civil war is in the thousands, but few have access to sufficient medical help. Adam Bailes recently visited the area and says a small team of Ugandan doctors has been providing remote help, producing new prosthetic limbs for those in need.
Video

Video Jane Monheit Christmas Special

Chanteuse Jane Monheit sings the holiday classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and explains why it’s her favorite song of the season.
Video

Video Calm Amid Fear in Daily Life in S. Sudan’s Town of Bentiu

Six months ago, Bentiu was a ghost town. The capital of northern Unity State, near South Sudan’s important oil fields, had changed hands several times in fighting between government forces and rebels. Calm returned in November and since then, residents of Bentiu have been trying to regain some sense of normalcy. Bentiu’s market has reopened there are plans to start school again. But fears of new attacks hang heavy, as Benno Muchler reports from Bentiu.
Video

Video US Business Groups Press for Greater Access to Cuba

President Barack Obama's decision to do all he can to ease restrictions on U.S. trade, travel and financial activities with Cuba has drawn criticism from some conservatives and Republicans. People who bring tourists to the island and farmers who want to sell more food to Cuba, however, think they can do a lot more business with Cuba. VOA's Jim Randle reports.
Video

Video Three Cities Bid for Future Obama Presidential Library

President Barack Obama still has two years left in his term in office, but the effort to establish his post-presidential library is already underway. The bid for the Obama Presidential Library is down to four locations in three states -- New York, Hawaii, and Illinois. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, each of them played an important part in the president’s life before he reached the White House.
Video

Video Fears of More Political Gridlock in 2015

2014 proved to be a difficult year politically for President Barack Obama and a very good year for the U.S. Republican Party. Republican gains in the November midterm elections gave them control of the Senate and House of Representatives for the next two years -- setting the stage for more confrontation and gridlock in the final two years of the Obama presidency. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has a preview from Washington.
Video

Video Sudan School Becomes Target of Aerial Attacks

The school dropout rate is at an all-time high in Sudan's South Kordofan state because many schools have been destroyed during the three-year civil war between the government and SPLA-N rebel forces. Adam Bailes visited Sudan's Nuba Mountains' region and reports many children are simply too scared to go to school
Video

Video VOA Reporter Tours Devastated Peshawar School

Islamist militants wearing military uniforms and strapped with explosives attacked a military run school Tuesday in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. At least 141 people were killed in the horrific attack, most of them young students. VOA reporter Ayaz Gul visited the devastated school and attended the funeral of the principal who courageously tried to save her students from the deadly attack.

All About America

AppleAndroid