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Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf’s request to leave the country has been backed by the Sindh High Court.

The Sindh High Court removed Pervez Musharraf’s name from an exit control list on Thursday. The former leader is currently barred from leaving Pakistan.

The government has 15 days to appeal before the order comes into effect.


Pervez Musharraf is currently on trial for treason. He denies the charges and has described the accusations as politically motivated.

Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf is currently on trial for treason

Former Pakistani leader Pervez Musharraf is currently on trial for treason (photo Wikipedia)

Pakistan’s military is watching the trial of the former general closely – correspondents say they are concerned over the precedent the trial could set in a country with a history of military rule.

On Thursday, Pervez Musharraf’s lawyer Farogh Naseem said: “The court has allowed our appeal and ordered to strike down Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List. The order will be executed after 15 days.”

Pervez Musharraf is currently under house arrest. He was admitted to hospital for chest pain in January.

In April, the Interior Ministry turned down Pervez Misharraf’s request to end a travel ban preventing him from leaving the country, to visit his sick mother in Dubai.

Many in Pakistan believe he could flee the country and avoid facing charges, if allowed to travel.

Pervez Musharraf was president from 2001 to 2008. He left the country after losing the 2008 elections, facing possible impeachment.

He dramatically returned to the country in March 2013 to compete in elections, but was barred from standing and now faces a series of court cases.

In addition to five charges of treason, Pervez Musharraf faces criminal charges in connection with the killings of two politicians, and putting dozens of senior judges under house arrest in 2007.

Pervez Musharraf is also on bail in connection with the killing of a cleric in the 2007 Red Mosque siege in Islamabad.

Pakistani former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s convoy has been targeted by a bomb attack within minutes of him passing, police say.

Police said it was an attempt to target the former president, however, no casualties were reported.

The blast struck a bridge on Pervez Musharraf’s route from a hospital in Rawalpindi, where he was being treated.

Pervez Musharraf, 70, was admitted to hospital for chest pain in January on his way to court at the start of his trial for treason.

Earlier this week, the former army chief was charged with five counts of treason over alleged constitutional violations during his time in power.

The former president has denied the charges and says all the accusations against him are politically motivated.

Pervez Musharraf was being transported from a military hospital to his farm house on the outskirts of Islamabad at the time of the attack

Pervez Musharraf was being transported from a military hospital to his farm house on the outskirts of Islamabad at the time of the attack

The blast reportedly struck Faizabad Bridge late on Wednesday night, as Pervez Musharraf was being transported from a military hospital to his farm house on the outskirts of Islamabad.

It is not clear whether the bomb exploded before or after Pervez Musharraf’s convoy passed, however, one police official quoted by the AFP news agency said the bomb exploded before he crossed the bridge.

“Four kilograms of explosive device planted in a pipeline under a bridge exploded around 20 minutes before the former president was supposed to cross the spot,” senior police official Liaqat Niazi said.

Pervez Musharraf was taken home via an alternative route, he added.

His spokeswoman, Aasia Ishaq, confirmed that he had reached his home safely, according to Associated Press.

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, which police say they are investigating.

Pervez Musharraf has survived numerous assassination attempts and plots against him during his time in power.

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A Pakistani court has charged former military ruler Pervez Musharraf with treason, the first army chief to face such a prosecution.

Pervez Musharraf is accused of unlawfully suspending the constitution and instituting emergency rule in 2007.

He pleaded not guilty and has always claimed that the charges against him are politically motivated. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

President from 2001 to 2008, Pervez Musharraf was one of Pakistan’s longest-serving rulers.

He went into self-imposed exile in 2008, returning to Pakistan in March 2013.

Pervez Musharraf is accused of unlawfully suspending Pakistan’s constitution and instituting emergency rule in 2007

Pervez Musharraf is accused of unlawfully suspending Pakistan’s constitution and instituting emergency rule in 2007

Pervez Musharraf, 70, had hoped to lead his party into elections, but was disqualified from standing and found himself fighting an array of charges relating to his time in power.

He has been in hospital since the beginning of the year and reports say he is being treated for high blood pressure.

The judge read out five charges to Pervez Musharraf.

He pleaded “not guilty” to each of them but also addressed the court with a speech about his services to the country and questioned how he could be called a traitor, declaring that he was a patriot.

“I am being called a traitor, I have been chief of army staff for nine years and I have served this army for 45 years. I have fought two wars and it is <<treason>>?” the AFP news agency quotes him as saying.

“Is this the way to reward someone for being loyal to the country and for loving the country?” Pervez Musharraf asked the court.

He insists that he acted within the constitution when he declared a state of emergency in the country in 2007 and that he did not act alone when taking that decision.

When the former president entered the court he was heavily guarded, but nevertheless appeared relaxed, even waving to the audience.

The court has adjourned and its next task is to decide whether Pervez Musharraf will be allowed to leave the country to visit his sick mother in Dubai.

Pervez Musharraf is currently on the exit control list which restricts certain Pakistani nationals from leaving the country and is under house arrest.

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Pervez Musharraf has been taken to hospital with a suspected heart problem on his way to Islamabad court for his treason trial.

Officials told the court the 70-year-old Pakistan’s former military ruler was transferred to the Armed Forces Cardiology Hospital in Rawalpindi.

It is the third time Pervez Musharraf has failed to appear in court following two previous security scares.

The treason charges relate to his decision in 2007 to suspend the constitution and impose emergency rule.

Pervez Musharraf has been taken to hospital with a suspected heart problem on his way to Islamabad court for his treason trial

Pervez Musharraf has been taken to hospital with a suspected heart problem on his way to Islamabad court for his treason trial

Pervez Musharraf denies the charges and says all the accusations against him are politically motivated.

He is the first Pakistani former military ruler to face trial for treason.

If found guilty, Pervez Musharraf could be sentenced to death or life in prison.

He also faces separate charges of murder and restricting the judiciary.

The nature of Pervez Musharraf’s reported heart condition is not yet clear.

One of Pervez Musharraf’s aides told the AFP news agency that he was in “bad shape”.

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Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf has failed to appear in Islamabad court for his trial on treason charges.

Pervez Musharraf’s lawyers told the court there was not enough security for him. His trial was postponed last week after reports a bomb was found on his route to court.

The treason charges relate to his decision in 2007 to suspend the constitution and impose emergency rule.

Pervez Musharraf, 70, denies the charges and says all the accusations against him are politically motivated.

He is the first Pakistani former military ruler to face trial for treason. If found guilty, Pervez Musharraf could be sentenced to death or life in prison.

He also faces separate charges of murder and restricting the judiciary.

His lawyers told Wednesday’s hearing that more explosives had been found close to Pervez Musharraf’s residence on the outskirts of Islamabad.

“He is unable to appear before the court because of security hazards,” his lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri said.

Pervez Musharraf has failed to appear in Islamabad court for his trial on treason charges

Pervez Musharraf has failed to appear in Islamabad court for his trial on treason charges

The court also heard one of Pervez Musharraf’s lawyers, Anwar Mansoor, was recently attacked by a group of men in Lahore. Although he managed to escape unharmed, police refused to take his complaint seriously.

The defense team is arguing that Pervez Musharraf cannot get a fair trial in Pakistan. Defense lawyer Anwar Mansoor said the current prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, “has a bias against” his client.

Pervez Musharraf seized power from Nawaz Sharif in a coup in 1999. He remained president until 2008, when a democratically elected government forced him to resign.

He left the country soon afterwards to live in self-imposed exile in Dubai and London.

On his return to Pakistan in March 2013, Pervez Musharraf hoped he could lead his party into elections, but was disqualified from standing and found himself fighting an array of charges relating to his time in power.

Correspondents says many Pakistanis believe Nawaz Sharif’s government is using the trial to divert attention from the problems the country is facing, including a struggling economy and continuing sectarian and other attacks.

On December 24, Pervez Musharraf’s lawyers said he could not appear in the courtroom because of a heightened security threat after explosives and weapons were found by the road along his route.

The court granted Pervez Musharraf a one-off exemption from appearing.

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Pervez Musharraf’s trial has been postponed after explosives were found on his route to court in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.

The special court hearing on treason charges against Pakistan’s former military ruler will now take place on January 1st.

On Monday, Pervez Musharraf’s petition that only a military court could examine his actions was rejected.

The charges relate to his decision in 2007 to suspend the constitution and impose emergency rule.

Pervez Musharraf, who is on bail in several other cases, says all the accusations against him are politically motivated.

The 70-year-old also faces separate charges of murder and restricting the judiciary.

He is the first Pakistani former president to face trial for treason.

Pervez Musharraf’s trial has been postponed after explosives were found on his route to court in Islamabad

Pervez Musharraf’s trial has been postponed after explosives were found on his route to court in Islamabad

Pervez Musharraf’s lawyer, Anwar Mansoor, told the court on Tuesday that the trial could not go ahead because of a heightened security threat.

Police said 5 kg of explosives had been found along the route to the National Library, where the hearing is taking place.

The court granted Pervez Musharraf a one-time exemption from appearing, and ordered the court registrar to ensure he had safe transit on January 1st, where charges will be read to him.

Pervez Musharraf seized power in a military coup in 1999 and remained president until 2008 when a democratically elected government forced him to resign.He went into exile soon afterwards.

On Monday, Pervez Musharraf’s lawyers had argued – unsuccessfully – that as he was the army chief in 2007, only a military court had the authority to try him.

But Islamabad’s high court rejected the petition. It also dismissed objections over the appointment of judges and prosecutor.

Pervez Musharraf ousted PM Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup.

After his resignation in 2008 he left Pakistan to live in self-imposed exile in Dubai and London.

On his return in March Pervez Musharraf hoped he could lead his party into elections, but was disqualified from standing and found himself fighting an array of charges relating to his time in power.

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Pakistan’s Supreme Court has been asked by the government to try the former military leader Pervez Musharraf on treason charges.

Pervez Musharraf is accused of treason for declaring a state of emergency in 2007 and suspending the constitution, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said.

The government will send its request in a letter to the court on Monday.

It is the latest legal setback for Pervez Musharraf since he returned to Pakistan earlier this year.

If convicted of treason, he could face the death penalty or life in prison.

The government had announced in June that it wanted the former military ruler to be tried for treason, but had yet to submit a formal complaint.

Pervez Musharraf is accused of treason for declaring a state of emergency in 2007 and suspending Pakistani constitution

Pervez Musharraf is accused of treason for declaring a state of emergency in 2007 and suspending Pakistani constitution

Pervez Musharraf already faces charges over an army operation in 2007 to remove militants from the Red Mosque in Islamabad. The incident left more than 100 dead, including a cleric, and helped spark Islamist unrest.

He faces charges of murder in connection with the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and Baloch rebel tribal leader Nawab Akbar Bugti.

Pervez Musharraf has also been charged over his attempts to fire the senior judiciary five years ago.

The government’s request that he be tried for treason comes just over a week after he was released from house arrest following the granting of bail.

Pervez Musharraf, who would be the first former military leader to be tried for treason since the founding of Pakistan, denies all the charges against him and says they are politically motivated.

He came to power in 1999 after ousting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup. Five years after leaving power, he returned from self-imposed exile in March to contest a general election. Nawaz Sharif won that election, giving him a third term as prime minister.

Pervez Musharraf has suffered numerous setbacks since setting foot in his home country. In a very public insult only days after his return, a shoe was thrown at him in a court building in Karachi.

He was also put under house arrest in April and banned from taking part in the election.

Despite the granting of bail, Pervez Musharraf is prohibited from leaving Pakistan, though he has said he does not intend to leave.

Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been released from house arrest and is free to move around the country, prison officials say.

It comes days after Pervez Musharraf was bailed over the 2007 army operation to oust militants from Islamabad’s Red Mosque – the last legal case against him.

However, the former general remains on a government exit control list and cannot leave the country.

It is also unclear if Pervez Musharraf will leave the house because of threats to his life.

Pervez Musharraf’s seven-month house arrest was unprecedented in a country which has been ruled by the military for more than half of its history.

Speaking on Monday, his lawyer said Pervez Musharraf had no intention of leaving Pakistan. He has consistently maintained that all the charges against him are politically motivated.

Prison official Wajad Ali is quoted by the Associated Press news agency as saying that prison guards were withdrawn on Wednesday night from Pervez Musharraf’s villa on the outskirts of Islamabad.

 Pervez Musharraf has been released from house arrest and is free to move around the country

Pervez Musharraf has been released from house arrest and is free to move around the country

On Monday the court approved bail in the case on condition Pervez Musharraf paid bonds totaling $2,000.

The operation ordered by Pervez Musharraf on the besieged Red Mosque left a cleric and more than 100 others dead, and fuelled a deadly militant insurgency inside Pakistan which rages to this day.

Earlier this year, Pervez Musharraf returned to Pakistan from self-imposed exile to fight elections – which were won by Nawaz Sharif, the man he ousted in his 1999 coup – but swiftly ran into trouble.

He was barred from running in the general election, and was placed under house arrest in April in the first of a series of cases relating to his time in power from 1999-2008.

Pervez Musharraf faces murder trials over the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto and Baloch tribal leader Nawab Akbar Bugti. He has also been charged over his attempt to sack the higher judiciary in 2007 – he has been bailed in all three of those cases.

Separately, the Sharif government said in June that it planned to try him for treason – but a formal complaint in that case has still to be lodged.

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Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s bail over the 2007 army operation to oust militants from Islamabad’s Red Mosque has been approved by a Pakistani court.

The court approved bail on condition Pervez Musharraf pay bonds totaling $2,000.

But the former general remains on a government exit control list and cannot leave the country.

Speaking outside the court in the capital, his lawyer said Pervez Musharraf had no intention of leaving Pakistan.

The operation ordered by General Pervez Musharraf on the besieged Red Mosque left a cleric and more than 100 others dead, and fuelled a deadly militant insurgency inside Pakistan which rages to this day.

Earlier this year, he returned to Pakistan from self-imposed exile to fight elections – which were won by Nawaz Sharif, the man he ousted in his 1999 coup – but swiftly ran into trouble.

Pervez Musharraf's bail over the 2007 army operation to oust militants from Islamabad's Red Mosque has been approved by a Pakistani court

Pervez Musharraf’s bail over the 2007 army operation to oust militants from Islamabad’s Red Mosque has been approved by a Pakistani court

Pervez Musharraf was barred from running in the general election, and was placed under house arrest in April in the first of a series of cases relating to his time in power from 1999-2008.

He faces murder trials over the assassination of former PM Benazir Bhutto and Baloch tribal leader Nawab Akbar Bugti. He has also been charged over his attempt to sack the higher judiciary in 2007.

Pervez Musharraf has been bailed in all three of those cases.

Separately, the Sharif government said in June that it planned to try him for treason – but a formal complaint in that case has still to be lodged.

Pervez Musharraf insists all the charges against him are politically motivated.

His house arrest is unprecedented in a country which has been ruled by the military for more than half of its history.

The latest bail ruling means Pervez Musharraf could soon be free to move around Pakistan.

However, Pervez Musharraf is likely to remain under guard at his villa on the outskirts of Islamabad because of threats to his life.

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Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been registered with new murder charges, officials say.

Pervez Musharraf, who is currently under house arrest, already faces murder charges over the deaths of Benazir Bhutto and a Baloch tribal leader.

He also faces charges over his attempt to sack Pakistan’s higher judiciary in 2007 and the government has said it will try him for treason.

Pervez Musharraf says that all the cases against him are politically motivated.

The latest charge relates to the death of radical cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi, during the siege of Islamabad’s Red Mosque in 2007.

More than 100 people were killed when Pakistani troops stormed the mosque after a stand-off between troops and hardline Islamists barricaded inside failed.

Analysts say that the storming of the mosque angered hardliners and provoked Taliban militants to launch a bloody campaign of suicide bombings and other attacks on government and security forces.

Pervez Musharraf, who is currently under house arrest, already faces murder charges over the deaths of Benazir Bhutto and a Baloch tribal leader

Pervez Musharraf, who is currently under house arrest, already faces murder charges over the deaths of Benazir Bhutto and a Baloch tribal leader

“The High Court ordered Islamabad police to register murder charges against Musharraf on a petition filed by the son of Rashid Ghazi,” Tariq Asad, a lawyer who represented Abdul Rashid Ghazi, told AFP news agency.

Last month Pervez Musharraf was formally charged in connection with the 2007 assassination of opposition leader and former PM Benazir Bhutto.

It was the first time a current or ex-army chief has been charged with a crime in Pakistan.

Pervez Musharraf denied all the charges set out against him.

In addition:

  • Pervez Musharraf faces charges over the killing of Baloch tribal leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, in a military operation in 2006
  • There is a case against Pervez Musharraf relating to his attempt to sack the entire higher judiciary in November 2007
  • The government has said it intends to try him for treason for suspending the constitution and imposing emergency rule in 2007.

Pervez Musharraf returned to Pakistan from self-imposed exile earlier this year and is currently under house arrest.

He came to power in 1999 when he ousted PM Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup. He ruled the country for nine years before being voted out and then he left Pakistan to live in self-imposed exile in Dubai and London.

Upon his return Pervez Musharraf hoped that he could lead his party into elections, but was disqualified from standing and found himself fighting an array of charges relating to his time in power.

Pervez Musharraf has been indicted in Pakistan on three charges over the 2007 assassination of opposition leader and former PM Benazir Bhutto.

Prosecutors said the Pakistani ex-President was charged with murder, criminal conspiracy to murder and facilitation of murder.

Pervez Musharraf made no public remarks at the hearing but denies the charges. The case was adjourned until 27 August.

Benazir Bhutto was killed at an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi in December 2007.

Pervez Musharraf, who returned to Pakistan from self-imposed exile earlier this year, is currently under house arrest.

But he appeared in court in Rawalpindi amid tight security. Six others were indicted along with Pervez Musharraf, including four suspected militants and two senior police officials. The court set the next hearing for 27 August.

Pervez Musharraf has been indicted in Pakistan on three charges over the 2007 assassination of opposition leader and former PM Benazir Bhutto

Pervez Musharraf has been indicted in Pakistan on three charges over the 2007 assassination of opposition leader and former PM Benazir Bhutto

Pervez Musharraf’s legal team dismissed the indictment: “These charges are baseless. We are not afraid of the proceedings. We will follow legal procedures in the court,” his lawyer, Syeda Afshan Adil, told the Agence France-Presse news agency.

Correspondents say although many expected Pervez Musharraf to be charged, the move is unprecedented. In a country which has been ruled by the army for more than half of its existence, no serving or past military chief has ever been indicted for a crime.

Pervez Musharraf has consistently maintained that all charges against him are politically motivated.

He first came to power in 1999 when he ousted Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless coup. Pervez Musharraf ruled the country for nine years before being voted out and then he left Pakistan to live in self-imposed exile in Dubai and London.

The former military ruler returned to Pakistan earlier this year in the hope that he could lead his party into elections, but was disqualified from standing and found himself under house arrest fighting a series of charges relating to his time in power.

These include charges relating to the murder of a Baloch tribal leader, Nawab Akbar Bugti, in 2006 and his attempt to sack the entire higher judiciary in November 2007.

Nawaz Sharif is now back in power having emphatically won elections earlier this year. His government has said that it also plans to put Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason.

Benazir Bhutto’s assassination at an election rally in Rawalpindi in December 2007 was blamed by Pervez Musharraf’s government on the Taliban.

A 2010 UN report said Benazir Bhutto’s death could have been prevented and that Pervez Musharraf’s government failed to provide enough protection – at the time his aides dismissed the report as a “pack of lies”.

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Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been remanded in judicial custody for two weeks over claims he illegally detained judges in 2007.

Pervez Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan between 1999 and 2007, was arrested on Friday.

The High Court ruled that the allegations amounted to an act of terrorism and ordered him to appear at Islamabad’s anti-terror court.

Pervez Musharraf has described the case against him as politically motivated.

Last month Pervez Musharraf returned from years of self-imposed exile hoping to lead his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party into the general election next month.

However, the former prersident has so far failed in his bid to register as a candidate with election officials.

Pervez Musharraf’s lawyers said it was unclear whether he would be detained under house arrest, in policy custody, or in jail.

Pervez Musharraf has been remanded in judicial custody for two weeks over claims he illegally detained judges in 2007

Pervez Musharraf has been remanded in judicial custody for two weeks over claims he illegally detained judges in 2007

APML spokesman Muhammad Amjad said Pervez Musharraf would fight the allegations in a higher court.

Judges are determined to prosecute Pervez Musharraf over his decision to dismiss judges including Chief Justice Mohammad Iftikhar Chaudhry.

Pervez Musharraf is accused of keeping the judges under house arrest for about six months in 2007 after he imposed emergency rule.

The former leader was brought to the court under heavy security.

Angry lawyers reportedly shouted slogans calling for Pervez Musharraf to be tried for treason.

His supporters and opponents clashed inside and outside the court.

Pervez Musharraf faces several other criminal cases and had been trying to stave off arrest since he returned.

The Pakistani Taliban have also vowed to assassinate former president Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999 coup.

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Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf has been arrested and will be held under house arrest in Islamabad for two days.

Earlier, TV images showed Pervez Musharraf entering a district court amid heavy security.

On Thursday a Pakistani court ordered the former leader’s arrest over an attempt to impose house arrest on judges in March 2007.

It was an unprecedented move against a former army chief who ruled the country for almost a decade.

Although Pervez Musharraf was present at court on Thursday when the warrant was issued, police made no attempt to arrest him and he rapidly returned to his home on the outskirts of the city.

Pervez Musharraf has been arrested and will be held under house arrest in Islamabad for two days

Pervez Musharraf has been arrested and will be held under house arrest in Islamabad for two days

On Friday morning, according to his aides, Pervez Musharraf went to a district court escorted by his security detail and submitted himself for arrest to comply with Thursday’s court order.

Police said the arrest had taken place overnight at his home.

Pervez Musharraf’s legal team say they will challenge the arrest order in Pakistan’s Supreme Court.

Last month Pervez Musharraf returned from years of self-imposed exile hoping to lead his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party into the general election next month.

Earlier this week his candidacy was rejected in Chitral, one of four seats he had applied to contest.

Pervez Musharraf had already failed in an attempt to stand in three other seats.

The case for which the former military ruler has been arrested relates to his controversial decision to dismiss judges – including Chief Justice Mohammad Iftikhar Chaudhry – when he imposed emergency rule in 2007.

Pervez Musharraf also faces several other criminal cases and had been trying to stave off arrest ever since he returned.

The Pakistani Taliban have also vowed to assassinate former President Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999 coup.

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A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf over moves to impose house arrest on judges in March 2007.

Pervez Musharraf was present at the Islamabad High Court when the judges issued the order. He had been seeking to extend bail in the case.

Police present at the court did not arrest the former general when the order was made.

Pervez Musharraf immediately left the court and drove away escorted by his security detail.

Despite an unwritten judicial convention discouraging police arrests on court premises, suspects are normally handcuffed in court.

Pervez Musharraf can file an appeal against this court order in Pakistan’s Supreme Court.

A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf over moves to impose house arrest on judges in March 2007

A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf over moves to impose house arrest on judges in March 2007

The former leader returned from years of self-imposed exile last month hoping to lead his All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) party into the general election next month.

But earlier this week his candidacy was rejected in Chitral, one of four seats he had applied to contest. He had already failed in an attempt to stand in three other seats. His legal team plan to appeal against that decision.

Pervez Musharraf is embroiled in a series of legal battles and has been attempting to stave off arrest ever since he returned, as well as an attempt to try him for treason. The Pakistani Taliban have also vowed to assassinate the former president, who seized power in a 1999 coup.

He is facing a number of charges related to his time in office with court proceedings over the killing of Benazir Bhutto in 2007 and a tribal leader from Balochistan.

He has described all the cases against him as “baseless” and politically motivated.

This is the first arrest warrant issued for the former ruler since his return to Pakistan.

Pervez Musharraf has already been barred by a court from leaving the country.

Many analysts believe that the authorities would not welcome his arrest at such a politically sensitive time.

Pakistan’s powerful military, of which he was the head until 2007, has not intervened to prevent his political fall.

But while his future appears increasingly bleak, few believe the military would allow a former chief to be thrown in jail or assassinated by militants.

Unconfirmed reports suggest Pervez Musharraf could still be arrested and detained at his property close to Islamabad, where he went after leaving court.

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Former military leader Pervez Musharraf has been barred from standing in Pakistan general elections in May.

An election tribunal disqualified Pervez Musharraf from running in Chitral in the north-west. Earlier, he failed in an attempt to stand in three other seats.

Pervez Musharraf’s lawyer says he plans to file an appeal with the Supreme Court.

Former military leader Pervez Musharraf has been barred from standing in Pakistan general elections in May

Former military leader Pervez Musharraf has been barred from standing in Pakistan general elections in May

Meanwhile, at least four people were killed in an attack on a convoy of the main opposition PML-N party in the south-western province of Balochistan.

Pervez Musharraf returned from self-imposed exile in Dubai last month saying he wanted to save Pakistan.

The former military ruler is already embroiled in a series of legal battles attempting to stave off arrest, and a bid to try him for treason.

In addition to his legal and political problems, Pervez Musharraf is facing a security threat from the Pakistani Taliban, who have vowed to target him with a squad of suicide bombers.

There was no immediate claim for the attack in Balochistan. Correspondents say the area has no Taliban presence and is known to be a hotbed of separatist rebel activity.

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Former Pakistani military leader Pervez Musharraf has been given the permission to run in the country’s general elections next month.

General Pervez Musharraf will be a candidate in the remote northern district of Chitral, after being rejected in two other parts of the country.

Pervez Musharraf, who led Pakistan for nine years after seizing power in a military coup, returned to the country from self-imposed exile last month.

Former Pakistani military leader Pervez Musharraf has been given the permission to run in the country’s general elections next month

Former Pakistani military leader Pervez Musharraf has been given the permission to run in the country’s general elections next month

The former president is facing a number of charges relating to his time in office.

Among them, is the accusation he failed to provide adequate security for former PM Benazir Bhutto ahead of her assassination in 2007.

He is also wanted in connection with the murder of a Baloch tribal leader, Nawab Akbar Bugti, and for sacking the entire higher judiciary in November 2007.

Pervez Musharraf has described the cases against him as “baseless” and politically motivated.

Last week, officials rejected his nomination papers in Kasur after objections were filed.

But officials in Chitral, close to the Afghan border, said Pervez Musharraf’s papers there were in order.

“He is not convicted so far so we cannot disqualify him,” returning officer Jamal Khan told AFP news agency.

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has decided to end his self-imposed exile in Dubai and defying death threats he heads back to Karachi.

Pervez Musharraf said the Taliban had tried and failed to kill him, adding that he was taking precautions because his safety could not always be guaranteed.

General Pervez Musharraf plans to lead his party in the May general election.

Meanwhile, 17 soldiers were killed by a suicide bomber in north-west Pakistan overnight.

They were attacked at a security checkpoint in the tribal region of North Waziristan, close to the Afghan border and a known stronghold of the Taliban and al-Qaeda-linked militants.

A recent Taliban video threatened Pervez Musharraf with snipers and suicide bombers.

Pervez Musharraf has left Dubai on a plane to Karachi, ending his self-imposed exile and defying death threats

Pervez Musharraf has left Dubai on a plane to Karachi, ending his self-imposed exile and defying death threats

The former president faces a string of charges including conspiracy to murder, but on Friday the Pakistani authorities granted him protective bail in several outstanding cases, freeing him from immediate arrest once he steps foot in Pakistan.

Pervez Musharraf tweeted a photo of himself aboard the plane, writing: “Settled in my seat on the plane to begin my journey home. Pakistan First!”

A group of about 200 supporters and journalists are travelling with the former military ruler – including party members from the UK, Canada, Switzerland and the US.

Before take-off chants of “Long live Pervez Musharraf” broke out on board.

Some of the general’s supporters wore white armbands saying they were ready to give their lives for him.

But aides confirmed a planned mass rally had been called off because authorities withdrew permission. Instead, they said, a rally would be held at the airport in Karachi upon arrival.

Pervez Musharraf has lived in London and Dubai since stepping down five years ago.

He has vowed to return several times in the past, but those previous attempts have been abandoned.

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