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April 20, 2013

IGP responsible for Musharraf’s escape: IHC

April 20, 2013

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday directed the Secretary Ministry of interior to proceed against Inspector General Police (IGP) Islamabad on the issue of Musharraf’s escape from the court premises.
A single-member bench of IHC issued the directive while hearing the issue of Musharraf’s escape from the court premises despite court orders.The court also ordered the Additional Inspector General (AIG) (Operations) ICT Police Sultan Azam Temuri to submit a report with regard to the steps taken in terms of orders passed on April 18 and today’s order.
AIG Sultan Azam Temuri was also directed to appear in person on April 23.During course of the hearing, the bench questioned IGP Bani Amin where he was at the time of the hearing of the pre-arrest bail of Pervez Musharraf.
The IGP informed the bench that he was in the Supreme Court making security arrangements on the eve of the International Judicial Conference but the SSP operation was deputed in connection with the court proceedings.
At this, Justice Siddiqui remarked that the SSP was here to provide security to the accused instead of his arrest.
The judge further asked the IGP if he was convinced that the police incorporated the sections made out from the contents of the FIR to which the Islamabad police’s top cop replied,” No, from the content of the FIR more serious offence than mentioned in the FIR is attached”.
The justice also expressed concern over deputing an official of the rank of the sub-inspector for investigation and to cause the arrest of the accused.“Owing to the high security, a sub-inspector of a police station could not even dare touch the accused,” the judge remarked.
The casual approach and negligent conduct of the ICT police could be gauged from this aspect that even the SHO PS Secretariat and DSP (Circle) were not present, not to mention any ASP, SP, SSP, DIG or the IG himself, he added in his written order.
After hearing the arguments, the

judge in his order observed that the accused and his companions tried to ridicule the authority of the court and dented the capacity of the ICT police being law enforcement agency, but unfortunately, the bosses of ICT police seemed ignorant of the fact.
He said it really looked ridiculous that the ICT police would escort an accused who managed to escape from the premises of the court.The court also set aside the orders of the suspended police officials which were made by the IGP after the escape of Pervez Musharraf.
“I must observe that IG, ICT police, completely failed to perform his duty, and the excuse of his non-presence belied by the notice of meeting. “Such an approach brings a bad name to the country and dejection to ordinary citizens, as they feel that law enforcing agencies have dual standards, but the courts are making all-out efforts to demonstrate that everyone is equal before the law,” Justice Siddiqui said in his order sheet.On Thursday, the IHC took notice of Pervez Musharraf’s escape from the premises of the court after his arrest orders and directed the IGP, Islamabad to appear before the court on Friday.

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