An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday extended the judicial remand of Chief of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and General Pervez Musharraf (Retd) for 14 days in judges’ detention case. Syed Kausar Abbas Zaidi, while hearing the case, extended the remand of Musharraf and adjourned the hearing till June 1. Police could not produce Musharraf in the court for security reasons.
The court also acceded to the plea made by the lawyers from the former President and allowed the exemption of his presence in the court for one day. During the course of hearing, the court was informed that Aamir Nadeem Tabish was appointed as the new public prosecutor of the said case.
Furthermore, Musharraf’s counsel Ilyas Siddiqui informed the court that Advocate Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Ghumman, the plaintiff in the case, had announced his decision to withdraw his petition, but had not submitted a written notification to the court. Aamir Nadeem Tabish, while talking to the media, said the announcement by the case’s plaintiff, Ghumman, to withdraw the case was only confirmed to media. According to him, the court shall take due action after it receives an official notification from Ghumman with regard to his withdrawal of the case. Aamir said he had requested the court to give him time for preparation. Meanwhile, Ghumman said that he had taken back his complaint without any threat or pressure.
Advocate Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Ghumman while talking to Business Recorder claimed that the Islamabad police had cautioned him against life threats and offered security. He said before he took that decision, he consulted his friends. “When the court summons me, I will explain my point of view before the court as the court does not believe in media reports. It is up to the court to decide the fate of the case against Musharraf,” he said.
The judges’ detention case was registered by the Secretariat Police Station on August 11, 2009 and the complainant had sought legal proceedings against Musharraf for confining 60 judges of the superior courts for over five months at their residences, and restraining them from administering justice.