Musharraf gives the slip as
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Musharraf gives the slip as
high court orders his arrest

Islamabad — High drama was witnessed moments after the Islamabad High Court ordered the arrest of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday.

By Faisal Aziz

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Published: Fri 19 Apr 2013, 12:57 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 12:58 PM

The former military ruler and his bodyguards pushed past policemen and sped away in a black SUV to avoid arrest after his bail was revoked in judges detention case. Such scene would have been unthinkable just a few years ago when Musharraf was at the height of his powers.

Musharraf reached his farm house on the outskirts of Islamabad where police set up a cordon restricting access to the area. It was unclear whether the officers were preparing to detain him. The court order put further pressure on the once all-powerful Musharraf, dealing a fresh blow to fading hopes for his political comeback.

The unprecedented step by the court on Thursday, ordering the arrest of a former military chief, not only pushed Musharraf deep into trouble but also meant a test of the government on whether to obey court orders or take a lenient approach.

Musharraf’s lawyer and senior party leader Ahmed Raza Kasuri criticised the court order. “It is a unique order in the Pakistan’s judicial history,” he told reporters outside Musharraf’s sprawling farmhouse in Chak Shahzad. “The court can only accept or decline the bail application, and cannot order the arrest,” he asserted.

Musharraf’s legal team tried to file an appeal against the order in the Supreme Court of Pakistan, but the petition was not entertained as the court had adjourned for the day.

The secretary-general of Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League, Dr Mohammad Amjad, said the appeal will now be filed on Friday.

(With inputs from Reuters)

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