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Updated: June 11, 2011 19:40 IST

Pak court issues permanent arrest warrant against Musharraf

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Retired General Pervez Musharraf. File photo: AP.
Retired General Pervez Musharraf. File photo: AP.

Prosecutors from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told Judge Rana Nisar Ahmed of the Rawalpindi—based anti—terrorism court that Gen. Musharraf had not appeared in court even after being issued summons and declared a "proclaimed offender" or fugitive.

A Pakistani anti—terrorism court today issued a permanent non—bailable arrest warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf for failing to cooperate with investigators probing the 2007 assassination of ex—premier Benazir Bhutto.

Prosecutors from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told Judge Rana Nisar Ahmed of the Rawalpindi—based anti—terrorism court that Gen. Musharraf had not appeared in court even after being issued summons and declared a “proclaimed offender” or fugitive.

They asked the court to issue a permanent arrest warrant.

Taking note of this, the judge issued a fresh and permanent non—bailable arrest warrant for Gen. Musharraf, currently living in self—exile outside Pakistan.

The prosecutors also asked the court to issue orders to confiscate Gen. Musharraf’s moveable and immovable property.

The judge directed authorities to submit details of his assets at the next hearing and adjourned the case for two weeks.

The court withdrew a contempt of court notice it had issued to FIA Director General Malik Muhammad Iqbal for not following judicial directives after he apologised to the judge.

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