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May 19, 2013

ATC extends Musharraf’s remand in judges’ detention case

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May 19, 2013

ISLAMABAD: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) here on Saturday extended the judicial remand of former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf for 14 days in the judges’ detention case.
As the ATC Judge Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi was told that because of security reasons Pervez Musharraf could not be produced in court, he (the judge) acceded to the counsel’s plea and allowed the exemption of his client’s presence in the court for one day.
Later, the court adjourned the hearing until June 1.
Online adds: Ilyas Siddiqui, counsel for Pervez Musharraf, told the court that the police had not presented a challan of the case in the court so far.
The investigation officer told the court that prosecutor Syed Muhammad Tayyab Shah had regretted engaging in the case; therefore, the challan could not be presented.
The newly appointed prosecutor in the case, Aamir Nadim Tabish, prayed the court that he be allowed time for making preparations in the case.
Meanwhile, Aslam Ghumman, the petitioner in the judges’ detention case announced to withdraw his petition during a press conference here on Saturday.
Aslam Ghumman said that the country could not afford any turmoil.
He said: There is no pressure whatsoever from any side on me, and I have decided to withdraw the petition in the national interest. No one, including the judges, contacted me in this respect. I have not changed my stance on this count, and I have only withdrawn my petition.”
He held that the case against Musharraf was a state related matter which was not in the national interest. “Neither will I appear in the court nor will I press for prosecuting Musharraf. It is up to the court what decision it gives against Musharraf in this case,” he added.
It may be mentioned that the hearing of this case was conducted on Saturday in the farm house of Pervez Musharraf at Chak Shahzad which has been declared a sub jail.
The case was registered with the Secretariat Police station on August,

11, 2009 on the complaint of Aslam Ghumman advocate.