Saturday, 14 December 2019

Pakistan's Musharraf Rearrested Following Bail  

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  • A Pakistani court Tuesday indicted former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf on murder charges in connection with the 2007 assassination of iconic Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. REUTERS/Mohammad Abu Omar

    A Pakistani court Tuesday indicted former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf on murder charges in connection with the 2007 assassination of iconic Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. REUTERS/Mohammad Abu Omar

    TEMPO.CO, Islamabad - Pakistan’s court ordered former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf to be detained for 14 days on Friday, a day after his lawyers said he was granted bail in other three cases and was cleared to leave the country. 

    The order followed his arrest on Thursday over accusations that he was responsible for a 2007 raid on a radical mosque that killed more than 100 people, police said. 

    During the trial headed by justice Nasirul Mulk, Musharraf was granted bail in return for surety bonds worth two million rupees for the Bugti murder case due to lack of evidence. 

    The complaint against Musharraf in the Red Mosque case was registered last month on the orders of a judge. Pakistani troops stormed the mosque after a stand-off with hardline Islamists inside. 

    Musharraf, who has denied wrongdoing in the Red Mosque deaths, took power in a 1999 coup but was ousted by popular protests led by the country's judiciary in 2008. 

    His arrest comes as an increasingly activist judiciary has challenged the power of the powerful military. Apart from Musharraf, none of Pakistan's army chiefs have been arrested, even after leaving office. 

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