Judges case: Action against guarantors if Musharraf failed to appear on May 23, says court

ISLAMABAD: An anti-terrorism court in the federal capital on Friday stated that action will be taken against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s guarantors if he failed to appear on May 23 in the judges detention case.

During case proceedings, the court expressed resentment over former president’s absence, stating that the accused can travel to Karachi but cannot appear before court.

Musharraf’s lawyer told court that his client went to Karachi for medical treatment and doctors have recommended immediate surgery for his spinal fracture.

The lawyer requested court to grant Musharraf one day exemption from appearance.

Meanwhile, the court ordered Pervez Musharraf to appear on May 23, otherwise, action will be taken against his guarantors.

The case over the detention of the judges is based on an FIR filed against Musharraf in August 2009. The FIR itself is based on a complaint by a lawyer named Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam Ghumman.

Ghumman had asked police to initiate proceedings against Musharraf for detaining over 60 judges, including Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, after imposing emergency on November 3, 2007. The case is one of three against Musharraf in courts within Pakistan.