Sindh HC declares Musharraf `proclaimed offender`

Musharraf was declared a proclaimed offender by Pak`s Sindh HC for non-appearance.

Karachi: Former President Pervez
Musharraf was on Tuesday declared a proclaimed offender by
Pakistan`s Sindh High Court for non-appearance, in what could
be a setback to his plans to stage a political comeback.

A division bench of the Sindh High Court here headed
by Chief Justice Sarmad Jalal Usmani issued the order against
Musharraf for not appearing before it in connection with a
petition filed by Maulvi Iqbal Haider of the Awami Himayat
Tehreek seeking action against him for "disfiguring" the
constitution and committing "high treason".

The development came a day before Musharraf, who is
living in self-imposed exile, turns 67.

Haider, also an advocate, sought action against
Musharraf and his aides, including advocate Sharifuddin
Pirzada and former Attorney General Malik Abdul Qayyum, for
"disfiguring the Constitution and committing high treason".

He has appealed the court to file conspiracy petition
against Musharraf.

The court issued various notices to the former
president, but he failed to appear.

"I requested the court in my second petition to
assist me in publishing advertisement in British newspapers
but this petition was not upheld," Haider said.

"I then requested the bench to declare Musharraf a
proclaimed offender since I could not afford the cost of
getting advertisements published in British newspapers," he

Several cases are pending against Musharraf in courts
across Pakistan, and the UN enquiry commission`s report also
held his regime responsible for the assassination of former
Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in December 2007.

Musharraf left the country in April 2009, eight months
after he was forced to resign as President after the PPP-led
coalition government came to power in March 2008.

However, the former military ruler has been trying to
launch a political party to stage a comeback in Pakistani
politics. Musharraf, who is currently based in London, has
been maintaining that he was not in exile and that he would
return to Pakistan soon.

Retired Pakistani Army General Rashid Qureshi, a close
aide of Musharraf, had last month said the former President
was planning to return to Pakistan and head the newly formed
All Pakistan Muslim League.

Qureshi, who was the military and presidential
spokesperson for Musharraf, has been in the forefront in
setting up the APML.

The project would cover Twenty-Four Histories which
is a collection of Chinese historical books focusing on a
period of proto-history and history from 3,000 BC to the Ming
Dynasty in the 17th century.

The entire set contains about 40 million words.
The Draft History of Qing covers the Qing Dynasty
from 1616 to 1911.

The new project was launched after CPC, Central
Committee, which held its first-ever, high-level national
conference on the work concerning Party history on July 21.

It was attended among others by Chinese Vice
President Xi Jinping, who is also head of the CPC, school.

Xi called for more research and education about the
history of the CPC, especially among young people.

The history of the 89-year-old Party is a "lively and
vivid textbook," which should be well-studied, and research
results should be used to "educate Party members, officials
and the masses, especially the youth," he said adding that
the Party history should be included in schools` curriculums
and publicised through the Internet.

He said that the CPC strongly opposes any tendency
that "distorts or smears the Party`s history and the
researchers should study it "in a practical and realistic
manner," Xi said, adding that the Party`s glory, experiences,
traditions and fine work style should be publicised.


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