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Pakistan court orders ex-ruler Musharraf to appear or face arrest

Published on Mar 14, 2014 6:12 PM
 
Supporters of Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf gather outside the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology, where Musharraf is currently being treated, in Rawalpindi, on March 14, 2014. A special tribunal hearing a landmark treason case against Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Friday ordered him to appear in person on March 31 or face arrest. -- PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD (AFP) - A special tribunal hearing a landmark treason case against Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on Friday ordered him to appear in person on March 31 or face arrest.

The court was due to indict Musharraf on Friday over his 2007 imposition of emergency rule, but Musharraf's lawyers said he was unable to appear because of the threats to his life.

The case is seen as a key test of civilian authority over Pakistan's powerful military.

The three-member panel headed by judge Faisal Arab ordered the 70-year-old Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, to appear on March 31. "It is further directed that the (arrest) warrant would be executed early in the morning of March 31, if the accused refuses to appear before this court on his own volition," it added.

 
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