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Pak judge hearing Musharraf case recuses from bench

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 16:14

Islamabad: Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui of Islamabad High Court has recused himself from the bench hearing the appeal challenging the cancellation of Pervez Musharraf`s bail in the judges` detention following a "smear campaign" against him on social networking websites.

Justice Siddiqui dissociated himself from the IHC`s divisional bench, comprising himself and Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan, at the start of today`s hearing of the appeal, reports The Dawn.

The appeal was filed against the rejection of the former military ruler`s post-arrest bail petition by the Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) of Islamabad.

Justice Siddiqui said a campaign was being run against him on social media with regard to the case which was why he could no longer be a member of the bench.

As a result, the bench stood dissolved and the matter of the appeal`s hearing was forwarded to the IHC whose chief judge, Justice Mohammad Anwar Khan Kasi, would decide on the issue tomorrow.

First Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 15:51
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