27 Mar 2018
Pakistan refuses to give security to former President Pervez Musharraf
The Pakistan government has rejected former dictator General (retd.) Pervez Musharraf's request for security.
He is all set to return to Pakistan from UAE to face a special court trying him on treason charges.
Notably, the embattled former President has been staying in Dubai since 2017 when he was allowed to leave Pakistan under the pretext of obtaining medical treatment.
Here's more about it.
What are the charges against Musharraf?
Musharraf is Pakistan's first army chief to face prosecution on treason charges. He is accused of unlawfully suspending the Constitution and instituting emergency rule in 2007.
Further, he has been declared a "proclaimed offender" in the treason and Benazir Bhutto assassination cases.
If convicted, he could be given the life sentence or death penalty. However, Musharraf has claimed the charges are politically motivated.
What steps has the government taken against Musharraf?
Subsequently, on March 16, a special court asked government to suspend Musharraf's passport and national identity card.
It also directed the Interior Ministry to approach Interpol for his arrest.
Further, last month, the Islamabad HC had asked the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to investigate if he had accumulated assets beyond his known means of income.
So, it seems Musharraf is completely cornered.
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Notably, the Interior Ministry had earlier assured security
On March 13, an application was moved on Musharraf's behalf that the former President be provided security as he faces "serious threats." Then, the Interior Ministry had assured him of security and sought his travel plan and details of stay. However, those weren't shared.
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Now, what will Musharraf do?
Earlier, on March 21, Musharraf convened a meeting of his aides in Dubai to decide the future course of action. However, this remained inconclusive. About the Pakistan visit, his party All Pakistan Muslim League's leader Muhammad Amjad said, "We are still working on the details."