Lahore police asked to explain why case not filed against Mush

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 15:02

Lahore: A Pakistani court has asked police
in Lahore to explain why they refused to register a criminal case
against Pervez Musharraf for "illegally" ordering a crackdown
on judges during Emergency in 2007, more than a week after the
ex-military ruler was booked by the Islamabad police on same
charges.

The Additional District and Sessions judge here on Tuesday
issued a notice to the chief of Islampura police station to
explain by September 2 why he had not registered a case
against Musharraf on the basis of a complaint from lawyer Syed
Azhar Ali Shah.

The court issued the notice after a petition was filed by
Shah, who asked the judge to direct the police to register a
criminal case against Musharraf.

In his petition, Shah claimed Musharraf had issued an
illegal order during the Emergency for a crackdown on judges
and lawyers across the country. Law enforcing agencies
trespassed into courts and the homes of judges and forcibly
arrested and baton-charged lawyers, he said.

Musharraf also illegally detained the judges, including
Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, and several
lawyers sustained fatal injuries, Shah charged. Thus, action
should be taken against Musharraf under the Pakistan Penal
Code.

Shah said chief of Islampura police station had flatly
refused to register a case against Musharraf.

Police in Islamabad had booked Musharraf on August 11 for
"illegally" detaining over 60 judges during the Emergency. The
case was registered on the orders of a local court.

Pakistan`s Supreme Court recently declared that the
Emergency imposed by Musharraf was unconstitutional and
illegal, raising the possibility of his trial on charges of
treason.

The former military ruler, who resigned as President a
year ago, is currently living in London.

Bureau Report



First Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 15:02

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