Pak court issues permanent arrest warrant against Musharraf

Islamabad: A Pakistani anti-terrorism court today issued a permanent non-bailable arrest warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf for failing to cooperate with investigators probing the 2007 assassination of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto.

Prosecutors from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) told Judge Rana Nisar Ahmed of the Rawalpindi-based anti-terrorism court that Musharraf had not appeared in court even after being issued summons and declared a "proclaimed offender" or fugitive.

They asked the court to issue a permanent arrest warrant.

Taking note of this, the judge issued a fresh and permanent non-bailable arrest warrant for Musharraf, currently living in self-exile outside Pakistan.

The prosecutors also asked the court to issue orders to confiscate Musharraf`s moveable and immovable property.

The judge directed authorities to submit details of his assets at the next hearing and adjourned the case for two weeks.

The court withdrew a contempt of court notice it had issued to FIA Director General Malik Muhammad Iqbal for not following judicial directives after he apologised to the judge.