Musharraf Gets Shoe Thrown at Him

Former strongman faces charges related to his rule

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Mar 29, 2013 9:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – An angry lawyer threw a shoe at former President Pervez Musharraf as he headed to court in southern Pakistan today to face legal charges following his return to the country after four years in self-imposed exile. The lawyer tossed his shoe at Musharraf as the former military strongman was walking down a hallway in the court building in the city of Karachi surrounded by a mob of security, supporters, and journalists, said a police official. Musharraf, who seized power in a military coup in 1999 but was forced to step down nearly a decade later, is disliked by many lawyers throughout Pakistan because of his decision to suspend the chief justice of the Supreme Court while he was in office.

The shoe did not hit Musharraf, and the lawyer was not detained because no charges were filed against him. Throwing a shoe at someone is an especially potent insult in Muslim countries because the sole is considered unclean. Local TV channels showed video of the incident, but it was impossible to identify the shoe thrower because he was hidden behind part of the corridor. Following the incident, judges granted Musharraf an extension of pre-emptive bail in three cases against him, meaning he cannot be immediately arrested.

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, center, surrounded by  guards, holds his head after a shoe was thrown at him as he headed to court to face legal charges in Karachi, Pakistan earlier today.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, center, surrounded by guards, holds his head after a shoe was thrown at him as he headed to court to face legal charges in Karachi, Pakistan earlier today....   (Shakil Adil)
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Pakistani troops gather next to a damaged vehicle which was used by a  paramilitary police commander at the site of a suicide bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday, March 29, 2013. A suicide bomber hits a security convoy carrying a paramilitary police commander in northwestern Pakistan, killing several people — including...
Pakistani troops gather next to a damaged vehicle which was used by a paramilitary police commander at the site of a suicide bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday, March 29, 2013. A suicide bomber...   (Mohammad Sajjad)
A Pakistani police officer and a rescue worker remove a dead body from the site of suicide bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday, March 29, 2013. A suicide bomber struck a security convoy carrying a paramilitary police commander in northwestern Pakistan, killing several people — including two women, but the commander...
A Pakistani police officer and a rescue worker remove a dead body from the site of suicide bombing in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday, March 29, 2013. A suicide bomber struck a security convoy carrying a...   (Mohammad Sajjad)
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