Musharrafs bank details submitted to Pak court: report

Lahore/Islamabad: Pakistan`s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has identified and submitted details of bank accounts held by former president Pervez Musharraf to an anti-terrorist court which will decide on possible seizure of his assets.

The details were collected by the State Bank of Pakistan on request of the FIA after an anti-terrorism court declared the former President a "proclaimed offender" or fugitive for failing to cooperate with investigators probing former premier Benazir Bhutto`s assassination.

The anti-terrorism court, which is conducting the trial of five suspects charged with involvement in Bhutto`s killing, has also issued a permanent arrest warrant for Musharraf.

Prosecutors had asked the court to seize Musharraf`s moveable and immovable assets, following which the judge directed authorities to submit details of the assets.

The information has been submitted to the anti-terrorism court, The News daily quoted its sources as saying.

Meanwhile, a Pakistani court has re-issued a notice to Musharraf seeking a response from him to a petition asking it to direct authorities to remove all references made to him in public and official records showing him as President.

Justice Azmat Saeed Sheikh of the Lahore High Court re-issued the notice yesterday in response to the petition filed by former President Muhammad Rafiq Tarar.

Earlier, Deputy Attorney General Zia Al-Qamar appeared in the court and informed it that a report had been received from the finance department on the matter and would be submitted in court soon.

The court was also told that the Accountant General of Pakistan and Musharraf had not filed their responses to the petition as yet.

Justice Sheikh directed the Deputy Attorney General to file comments on behalf of the Accountant General.

The court then adjourned the matter till the first week of October.

Tarar had asked the court in his petition to declare that Musharraf was not entitled to receive any privileges as he was not elected President and had come to power through a military coup.

He asked the court to pass directions to remove all references made to Musharraf in public and official records showing him as President.