Musharraf declared absconder, property seized

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Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—An Additional Sessions Judge of Islamabad on Saturday directed the authorities to confiscate former Army Chief and President Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf’s property in Lal Masjid cleric Ghazi Abdul Rashid’s murder case.
The court also directed action against the guarantors who submitted surety bonds for the accused Musharraf. Jan Mohammad and Nazir Ahmed are the two guarantors who had deposited bonds and now the court has ordered to confiscate their bonds as well.
The court has declared the former dictator a proclaimed offender for being absent from court hearings.
In March this year Musharraf left the country for Dubai complaining of various health issues including back pain. Before leaving he had promised to return home to face court trials.
On Saturday, when Pervaizul Qadir Mamon, District and Sessions Judge resumed hearing a junior counsel of Musharraf’s premiere counsel Akhtar Shah’s chamber appeared before the court and sought some time. However, the court declared the accused absconder and remarked the case against former military dictator would resume soon after his return. Meanwhile, he would remain an absconder of the court.
The judge ordered confiscation of Musharraf’s properties under Section 88 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.
The court declaring the former military ruler a proclaimed offender confiscated surety bonds of Rs200,000 which were submitted by his guarantors – Capt (retd) Nazir Ahmed and Jan Mohammad – when Musharraf was granted bail by a sessions court in November 2013.
The judge also dismissed an application submitted by Musharraf’s lawyers saying the army acted in aid of civil power to carry out the operation, during which Ghazi was killed.