Aug 12, 2009

Police register case against Musharraf

The Secretariat Police registered the case at around 9am after 18 hours of discussion with senior police officers and officials of the interior ministry.

The case was registered in accordance with an order issued by the district additional and sessions judge on Monday after four months of hearing of petitions submitted by Advocate Chaudhry Aslam Ghuman.

In the FIR, the former president and his collaborators had been charged under sections PPC 344 and 34 which deal with wrongful confinement for 10 or more days and acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention.

The complainant accuses the former president of proclaiming illegal and immoral PCO, sacking the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and 60 other judges of superior and higher courts, illegally and immorally detaining the judges and their families for five and a half months, stopping them from performing their judicial duty and their children from appearing in examination.

The FIR said the acts damaged the country’s judicial system, caused mental torture to lawyers’ community and citizens and also brought bad name for Pakistan throughout the world.

Commenting on the text and charges in the FIR, police and legal experts said the police had booked the accused (the former president and his collaborates) only for detaining the judges in illegal confinement.

They said that police officials, intelligence agencies, city administration and the interior ministry had been included in the category of collaborators for keeping the judges in illegal confinement.

They said the investigating officer– the SHO of the secretariat police—would visit the area where the judges had been detained and record statements of the judges, their family members and servants, officials deployed in and around the house and the judicial colony.

Police sources said it was a complicated case and needed guidelines and policy from senior officers.

They said the case had not been registered by affected people—judges and their family members—who had been detained in their houses which might cause complications.

Police said that only seven judges had been detained in Islamabad’s judicial colony and the others in different parts of the city, including Karachi, Quetta, Lahore and Peshawar.

Similar cases should be registered in the cities where the judges had been detained because the places were out of the jurisdiction of capital police which would investigate the matter.

A police team under the supervision of a senior officer has been formed to investigate the matter.

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