LHC disposes Musharraf’s bail extension appeal

RAWALPINDI: The Lahore High Court’s divisional bench rejected the appeal of Pervez Musharraf for extension in the pre-arrsest interim bail in the Benazir murder case, on Wedenesday.

The divisional bench comprised of Justice Sardar Abdul Sami Khan and Justice Khawaja Imtiaz Ahmed, rejected Pervez Musharraf’s plea after his counsel Barrister Salman Safdar did not make it to the court.

Moreover, the same bench also discharged another Musharraf’s appeal regarding exemption from appearing in the court owing to security threats.

In a counter argument, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Special Public Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali objected to the request of Musharraf’s counsel arguing that the accused was already under detention and on judicial remand at his Chak Shahzad farm house, which was declared as a sub-jail after the cancellation of his bail in the judges’ detention case.

As the Barrister Safdar did not appear in court, the bench took notice and ordered the junior lawyers to ask Safdar to appear before court within an hour for arguments. But when barrister Safdar did not show up, the bench disposed the appeal.

The FIA prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali stated that FIA could arrest Musharaf at any time as the bail plea has been disposed off.

On April 17, the LHC Rawalpindi bench had granted General (retd) Pervez Musharraf pre-arrest interim bail in the Benazir Bhutto murder case till April 24 against two surety bonds of Rs 5 million each.