‘How can a commando be so afraid to return to his country?’: Pakistan Supreme Court to Pervez Musharraf

Islamabad: Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday gave former military ruler Pervez Musharraf a deadline until Thursday afternoon to present himself in the court in the lifetime disqualification case against him, and wondered how can a commando be so afraid to return to his country.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar, who is heading a three-judge bench hearing Musharraf's appeal against his 2013 disqualification by the Peshawar High Court, warned that if the former president does not show up in court by 2 pm on Wednesday, a decision would be taken in the case according to law, Dawn reported.

Last week, the apex court had allowed Musharraf, 74, to file nomination papers to contest the 25 July general elections on the condition that he would appear in person before the court on Wednesday in Lahore to attend the hearing in the case.

Although Musharraf's nomination papers for Chitral's NA-1 seat were submitted earlier this week, the former dictator did not appear in court on Wednesday despite the SC orders that his national identity card (CNIC) and passport were unblocked in order to facilitate his travel.

"The Supreme Court is not bound to Musharraf's terms," Justice Nisar said on Wednesday. "We've already said that if Musharraf returns, he will provided with security. We are not bound to provide a written guarantee." "If Pervez Musharraf is a commando, he should show u...

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