Nisar says lawyers had given guarantees

WEB DESK: Chaudhry Nisar said that Pervez Musharraf’s lawyers had given guarantees that he would return to Pakistan after six weeks and that he would appear in court for ongoing cases against him.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the government to lift the travel ban on Musharraf, but the government, headed by his long-time rival Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, appealed the verdict.

In January, Musharraf was acquitted over the 2006 killing of a Baloch rebel leader, Nawab Akbar Bugti. But there remain four cases against him – one of treason for imposing emergency rule, as well as those involving the unlawful dismissal of judges, the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto and a deadly raid on Islamabad’s radical Red Mosque.

Musharraf ousted Sharif from power in 1999 in a bloodless coup and ruled Pakistan until democracy was restored in 2008.