A Pakistani court has given directives to police to announce former President Pervez Musharraf a “proclaimed offender” and confiscate his property in case he did not cooperate with the investigation into the whereabouts of a man who was allegedly detained by security agencies during his tenure.
Abbottabad district and sessions court, in North West Frontier Province, issued the instructions hearing a plea filed by the family of the “missing” man.
The petition accused Musharraf of a role in the kidnapping of the man.
Counsel for prosecution Mohammad Iqbal said that he was contented with decision of the court directing police to declare Musharraf a “proclaimed offender” and confiscate his property in the event of his failing to cooperate with the investigation into the case.
According to him, application was move in the court in March under provisions of the Pakistan Penal Code and Article 6 of the Constitution which relates to the trial of the President on charges of treason.
“Now the police have got the order from the court. If they will not proceed, the judge will take action against the police,” Iqbal told a TV news channel.
Iqbal said that police, which had been looking into the matter for the past six to seven months, had accepted that they cannot arrest Musharraf and others named in the complaint.
Musharraf, who has been living outside Pakistan since mid-April, recently concluded a lecture tour of the US. For the past few months, he has been living in London. In July, Pakistan’s Supreme Court declared the emergency imposed by Musharraf in 2007 as unconstitutional and illegal.
This has raised the possibility of his trial on charges of treason but such a trial can only be initiated by the government.
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has hinted that it may not be possible to put Musharraf on trial. The former military ruler continues to enjoy the support of the powerful army.
A raft of legal cases and police complaints has been filed against Musharraf in cities across Pakistan over the past few months.
Police in Islamabad have registered a case against him for illegally detaining dozens of judges during the 2007 emergency.