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Ex-Pakistan ruler Musharraf to spend election day under house arrest

Published on Apr 30, 2013 12:58 PM
Security officials stand during the hearing of former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who is the head of the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) political party, outside the anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Rawalpindi April 26, 2013. Musharraf is accused of conspiracy to murder two-time prime minister Bhutto, whose Pakistan People's Party (PPP) came to power in February 2008 on a wave of sympathy over her death. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AFP) - Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf will spend Pakistan's general election day under lock and key after a court Tuesday extended his house arrest over the murder of former premier Benazir Bhutto.

An anti-terrorism court in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, next to Islamabad, put Musharraf on 14-day judicial remand over the death of the Ms Bhutto, who was assassinated in a gun and bomb attack in 2007.

Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month to stand in the May 11 general election, vowing to "save" the country from militancy and economic collapse but he was barred from running and will now spend polling day in his Islamabad villa, which has been designated as a jail.

The retired general was already under a two-week house arrest order set to expire on May 4, over the sacking of judges when he imposed emergency rule in November 2007, and did not appear in court in person.

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