Musharraf 'will have to face courts' as he pledges to return to Pakistan

Last Updated: Sat, Mar 02, 2013 09:10 hrs

Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf will have to face courts for his involvement in a string of cases as plans to return to his home country ahead of parliamentary elections.

He will have to face courts over the security issue relating to his unconditional alliance with the United States in the war against terror and pending court cases in connection with the Lal Masjid operation.

The former president can also be arrested for the murder of two political heavyweights: former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and Baloch tribal chieftain Akbar Bugti.

Musharraf was at the helm of affairs when Bugti was slain during a military operation in 2006.

According to the Express Tribune, though Musharraf has pledged to return to Pakistan a week after the interim government is installed, he will have to face the independent judiciary for legal course.

He deposed Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry twice, who in turn was reinstated as result of a mass lawyer's movement.

According to the paper, 'Article 6' of Pakistan's constitution can be initiated against Musharraf for unconstitutionally imposing martial law, despite the apex court's restraining order, and sacking judges of the Supreme Court including the chief justice.

The paper also pointed out that recently, a commission investigating the Lal Masjid incident issued a notice to Musharraf asking him to appear before it.

However, he refused to abide by the notice. (ANI)

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