ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday ordered release of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in the Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case after his lawyers submitted surety bonds in the apex court.
Musharraf was kept under house arrest on April 26, in his Chack Shehzad farm house.
Meanwhile, the Islamabad High Court was moved on Thursday to prevent the former president from leaving the country.
On Wednesday, Musharraf was granted bail by the Supreme Court in Nawab Akbar Bugti murder case after rejection of a similar plea by the Balochistan High Court. The apex court asked the former army strongman to submit two surety bonds of Rs1 million each to the Supreme Court Registrar.
Musharraf has now been granted bail in three major cases, including one relating to the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and another to the detention of deposed Supreme Court judges.
According to a private TV channel, guarantors Mohammad Hanif and Mumtaz Hussain submitted the bonds on Thursday in the apex court on behalf of Musharraf.
Meanwhile, Haroon Rasheed Ghazi, son of the slain Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Rashid Ghazi, filed a write petition in the Islamabad High Court pleading that Musharraf’s name be added to the ECL.
The petitioner claimed that it was possible that if the former military ruler left Pakistan, he may not return again.
Ghazi further claimed that the Aabpara police station in Islamabad was investigating Musharraf for ordering the Lal Masjid operation in 2007, and therefore he should be barred from leaving the country.