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Musharraf in house arrest 'isolation'
 


April 21, 2013 - Updated 1350 PKT
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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf is being held in "isolation" in his luxury farmhouse, confined to two rooms and stripped of his personal staff, his party spokesman said Sunday.

 

A court remanded Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, in custody on Saturday after his arrest over his decision to sack judges when he imposed emergency rule in November 2007.

 

The authorities declared the retired general's plush farmhouse on the edge of Islamabad as a "sub-jail", saving him the indignity and risk -- his life has been threatened by Taliban militants -- of going to prison.

 

But Mohammad Amjad, spokesman for Musharraf's All Pakistan Muslim League Pparty (APML), complained on Sunday that his lawyers and staff were being denied access to him.

 

"General Musharraf is being kept in isolation," Amjad told reporters outside the former army chief's heavily guarded residence in Islamabad. "I was not allowed to have a meeting with him. His family members are not allowed to see him. He has been allocated two rooms in the farmhouse and his movements are confined in those rooms. His personal staff have been removed."

 

Musharraf's arrest on Friday was an unprecedented move against a former army chief in Pakistan, which has seen three periods of military rule and where the armed forces still wield enormous power.

 

The 69-year-old returned from four years of self-imposed exile last month promising to "save" the nuclear-armed country from economic ruin and militancy, but his homecoming has turned to bitter disappointment.

 

On Tuesday he was disqualified from running in the May 11 general election, which should mark the first democratic transition of power after a civilian government completes a full-term in office. He also faces a litany of serious criminal allegations: lawyers have petitioned Pakistan's top court to try him for treason for imposing emergency law and he also faces charges of conspiracy to murder opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and over the death of a rebel leader during a 2006 military operation.

 

The next hearing in the Supreme Court treason petition comes on Monday and Amjad complained Musharraf's lawyers had not been allowed to see him to discuss the cases against him.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Reader Comments
Musharraf should be given ample chance to clear himself before the court and consult his lawyers, but let's courts decide his fate about all the transgressions and atrocities he made when he was ruling with arrogance.Since he could be accused in serious crimes including killings of innocent people ;one could expect harsh verdicts from courts.

Farrukh
USA
Musharraf's all actions as president were in the interest of Pakistan except one of November 3, 2007 declaring Emergency. Every one is allowed to make one mistake. Musharraf acknowledged his mistake. Treat him with respect and dignity. Army should not leave him alone at the mercy of so called democratic and legal looteras. No law legitimizes beating citizens within court building and black coat beaters claims to be protectors of law. Where is suo moto now, and where is the supreme court.

Salim
USA
'Musharraf in isolation,'it seems that he has been convicted even before the regular trial. I think this is a kind of third degree justice being meted out to him. After all he has been a President of a world known country. Keeping in mind this fact,his dignity should be maintained till he is conviction whatsoever.

R.K.SHRIVASTAVA
India
Just wait and see. There are lot curses to surface. People of Pakistan will be freed from the burden of his misdeeds when he will met his final fate. Basically he is enemy of Country and he should be treated on charges of treasons without any delay.

Md Yakub
Pakistan
'Musharraf in isolation,'it seems that he has been convicted even before the regular trial. I think this is a kind of third degree justice being meted out to him. After all he has been a President of a world known country. Keeping in mind this fact,his dignity should be maintained till he is conviction whatsoever.

R.K.SHRIVASTAVA
India
 
 
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