Pakistani police arrest ex-ruler Pervez Musharraf

Pakistani police arrest ex-ruler Pervez Musharraf
Fri Apr 19, 2013 17:00:52

Pakistani police have confirmed that the country’s ex-military ruler Pervez Musharaf has been arrested following a court order.

Musharaf was arrested on Friday morning at his farmhouse, Pakistani police sources said.

Pervez Musharraf appeared before a court in Islamabad on Thursday. The judge ordered police to keep him in custody for two days, after which he is to appear before an anti-terrorism court.


“General Musharraf has been sent on a two-day judicial remand and he will stay at his farmhouse,” said a spokesman for Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League party.

On Thursday, Islamabad’s High Court ordered the army chief-turned-president to be arrested for his controversial decision to dismiss judges during the emergency rule in 2007. The retired general left the court after hearing the order.

Pakistan’s former military ruler is alleged of a string of charges including involvement in the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and the death of a local Baluch chieftain.

Human Rights Watch has called on the Pakistani government to hold Musharraf accountable for widespread and serious human rights abuses under his rule.

The former president returned home in March after nearly four years of self-exile in London and Dubai, despite threats by pro-Taliban terrorists to kill him upon his arrival.

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