Press Trust of India
Islamabad, 10 October
Beleaguered former President Pervez Musharraf was today arrested for ordering a crackdown on the radical Lal Masjid, less than 24 hours after his lawyers claimed he could walk out of house arrest after being granted bail in the Akbar Bugti murder case.
“He (Musharraf) has been arrested,” said Aasia Ishaque, spokesperson for Musharrafs All Pakistan Muslim League party. She confirmed that the 70-year-old former military was arrested in the Lal Masjid case. “The SSP of Islamabad and the chief of Aabpara Police Station went to his house and arrested him,” she said.
On 2 September, police filed a case against Mr Musharraf over the killing of cleric Abdul Rashid and his mother during the 2007 military operation against extremists holed up in the Lal Masjid.
The operation, ordered by Mr Musharraf, ended with a bloody eight-day siege that killed nearly 100 people, including Pakistani troops.
The case was filed on the directions of Mr Justice Noorul Huque Qureshi of Islamabad High Court, who was annoyed over the non-compliance of an earlier order. The court issued the order in response to a petition filed by Haroon Rashid, the son of Abdul Rashid, against Mr Musharraf for his alleged involvement in the killing of the hardline cleric and his mother.
Yesterday, the SC granted Mr Musharraf bail in the case related to the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation. Mr Musharraf’s lawyers said this was the last case in which he was still under arrest and he had been granted bail in other cases, including those related to the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto and the imposition of emergency in 2007.