Pakistani court orders Musharraf's arrest

Last Updated: Thu, Apr 18, 2013 06:17 hrs

Islamabad: A Pakistan court on Thursday dismissed former president Pervez Musharraf's interim bail extension plea and ordered his arrest in judges’ confinement, according to media reports.
According to Geo News, after the Islamabad High Court (IHC) order, Musharraf "managed to escape with his private security guards from the court."

Reports said he went to his farmhouse. Police might arrest him anytime now. 

The same court had earlier extended his interim bail till April 18.

Pervez Musharraf, who returned to Pakistan last month to run for parliament, has been barred from standing in the general election to be held in the country on May 11.

Giving a blow to Musharraf, a Pakistani election tribunal on Tuesday disqualified the former Pakistani military ruler contesting election from Chitral in the north-west Pakistan

Musharraf planned to contest elections in four parliamentary seats in Kasur, Chitral, Karachi and Islamabad.

Two other election tribunals on the same day barred him from contesting polls from Islamabad and Kasur constituencies.

His nomination papers for Karachi was earlier rejected.

Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month after years of self-exile in the UK.

Musharraf rose to power in Pakistan in a coup in 1999. He had stepped down from the power in 2008 and was threatened with impeachment, which resulted in his self-exile.

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