Published On: Tue, Jan 28th, 2014


Pervez Musharraf was on Monday exempted from personal appearance by a Pakistani anti-terror court that is hearing a case against the embattled former dictator over the detention of judges in 2007.

Musharraf’s counsel Ilyas Siddiqui appeared in the court here and submitted the former army chief’s medical report to Judge Atiqur Rahman.

On the basis of the report, the judge exempted 70-year-old Musharraf from appearing for Monday’s hearing. The case was then adjourned till February 10.

Musharraf was admitted to a military hospital in Rawalpindi on January 2 after he developed heart problems while being driven to a special court set up to try him on charges of high treason.

The case in the anti-terror court was registered against Musharraf in August 2009 following a complaint from lawyer Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Ghumman over the detention of over 60 judges of the superior courts during the 2007 emergency.

Ghumman later announced he would not pursue the case “in the larger public interest”. However, this did not give any relief to Musharraf.

On January 17, the anti-terror court had directed Musharraf to personally appear before it for Monday’s hearing.

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