Islamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court today gave a deadline to former president Pervez Musharraf to appear before it till tomorrow.
A three-judge bench, was headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar, hearing Musharraf’s appeal against his 2013 disqualification by the Peshawar High Court, has warned that a decision would be taken in the case according to law if the former president does not show up in court by 2 pm tomorrow.
“If Pervez Musharraf is a commando, he should show us by returning, instead of continuously parroting that he will return like a politician,” Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar said.
74-year-old Musharraf, who ruled the country between 1998 and 2008, is in UAE and has sought adequate security, for his return to the country.
The former president was allowed by the apex court to file nomination papers to contest the July 25 general elections on the condition that he would appear in person before the court today in Lahore to attend the hearing in the case.
However, the former dictator did not appear in court today despite SC orders that his national identity card (CNIC) and passport were unblocked in order to facilitate his travel. Moreover, Musharraf’s nomination papers for Chitral’s NA-1 seat were submitted earlier this week.