Islamabad court declares Pervez Musharraf an absconder

Pervez Musharraf.
Pervez Musharraf.

A court in Islamabad on 11 May declared former president General Pervez Musharraf an “absconder” and ordered the police to present him to face treason charges within 30 days.

Musharraf is also accused of involvement in the killings of former premier Benazir Bhutto, Baluch politician Nawab Akbar Bugti and extremist preacher Abdul Rasheed.

A three-member bench headed by Justice Mazhar Alam heard the treason case against Musharraf on 11 May.

During the case proceeding, the Federal Investigation Authority told the court that officials raided the accused’s houses in Islamabad and Karachi, but were told that Musharraf had gone abroad.

The court asked the prosecutor to publish advertisements in both Urdu and English newspapers declaring him an absconder. Non-bailable warrants against him has already been issued during the previous hearing.

He was designated as the sole accused in the treason case in December 2013 and indicted by a special court comprising judges of three different HCs in March 2014.

The prosecution had presented all the proofs and produced its witnesses before the court. The last prosecution witness testified on 18 September 2014.

Last year, the Islamabad HC asked the FIA to find out the role of facilitators in imposition of emergency in November 2007.

Musharraf, who is facing multiple charges arrived in Dubai on 18 March 2016 for urgent medical treatment after a three-year travel ban was lifted.

The Sindh HC had lifted the travel ban against Musharraf, which was upheld by the Supreme Court.