Pervez Musharraf

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Musharraf Charged With High Treason

Former Pakistan president pleads not guilty

(Newser) - Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf actually showed up at a court hearing today, where he was charged with high treason . Musharraf, military ruler of the country from 1999 until 2008, had a new lawyer with him as he pleaded not guilty to each of five charges: three counts of subverting,... More »

Musharraf Skips Court, Goes to Hospital Instead

It's the 3rd hearing he's missed in 2 weeks

(Newser) - Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf was rushed to the hospital today with a "heart problem" he experienced while on his way to a court hearing in a high treason case , police and lawyers said. The unexpected detour is the latest drama in the legal problems that the former... More »

Pakistan Will Try Musharraf for Treason

Former strongman could face life in prison, death

(Newser) - Pakistan has been showing signs of easing up on Pervez Musharraf , but today it announced that the former military dictator is going to stand trial on charges of treason for his imposition of emergency rule in 2007. A guilty verdict could result in a death sentence or life in prison,... More »

Musharraf Can Leave House Arrest, Not Pakistan

Prison officials withdrew last night for first time since April

(Newser) - Pakistan has freed former President Pervez Musharraf from his months-long house arrest, days after he received bail in a case related to the death of a radical cleric, a prison official said today. Prison officials were withdrawn last night from Musharraf's home on the outskirts of Islamabad, where he... More »

Pakistan Grants Bail to Musharraf

He won't leave the country after house arrest: lawyers

(Newser) - After six months of house arrest , former Pakistani strongman Pervez Musharraf has been granted bail in the case of a 2007 mosque siege. Musharraf has already received bail in three other cases, the AP notes. Some have expected the former leader to exit Pakistan once the house arrest is over,... More »

Pakistan, Bush Made Secret Drone-Strike Deal

Meanwhile, top-secret CIA documents show Islamabad was kept in the loop

(Newser) - Though Pakistan has often condemned US drone strikes—this week, PM Nawaz Sharif called them an obstacle in the countries' relationship—officials there reportedly signed a secret deal with the Bush administration regarding the attacks. "The exact terms were never shared with civilians, but there was a protocol between... More »

Pakistan Charges Musharraf in Bhutto Slaying

Former president indicted on murder, other charges

(Newser) - Pervez Musharraf was indicted today on murder charges connected to Benazir Bhutto's 2007 assassination , the AP reports. Musharraf, who pleaded not guilty, appeared in person after failing to show up to the originally scheduled indictment earlier this month. The prosecutor says he was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit... More »

Musharraf a No-Show at His Own Indictment

Authorities cite security concerns, but maybe a deal is in the works?

(Newser) - A seemingly ironic twist for Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan today: The former leader was supposed to be indicted on charges that his government did nothing to prevent the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007. But Musharraf couldn't show up in court because of death threats against him, reports Reuters... More »

Sharif Heads for Victory in Pakistan

Ex-PM looks set to cruise to 3rd term in landmark elections

(Newser) - Pakistan's former prime minister appears headed to return to the office for a third term as the restive country makes its first democratic transition since 1970, reports the New York Times . Early returns this morning show Nawaz Sharif's party easily securing enough seats to form a government—besting... More »

Musharraf Turns Himself In

Former leader faces 2 days of house arrest

(Newser) - Former Pakistan leader Pervez Musharraf has been put under house arrest for two days following a court order yesterday, the BBC reports. The order was related to his 2007 effort to place judges under house arrest. Musharraf turned himself in this morning and sought house arrest instead of jail, a... More »

Musharraf Flees After Court Orders Him Arrested

Former leader hurries into black SUV

(Newser) - A Pakistani court has called for the arrest of former leader Pervez Musharraf—and what followed is what the AP describes as a "dramatic scene." Musharraf was in court seeking bail when the order, tied to the house arrest of judges in 2007, was issued. In such cases,... More »

Pakistan Boots Musharraf From Election

Onetime military dictator having a rough time mounting a comeback

(Newser) - Pervez Musharraf has got to be feeling more than a little unloved these days: Pakistani judges today disqualified Musharraf from running in an upcoming parliamentary election, a blow to the former military ruler who recently returned from self-imposed exile to make a political comeback. Musharraf had won approval a week... More »

Pakistan OKed Some Drone Strikes in Secret: Musharraf

Contradicts country's previous assertions

(Newser) - In the past, Pakistan has maintained that US drone strikes in the country were carried out without leaders' involvement. Now, former leader Pervez Musharraf says the government approved some of the strikes in secret, CNN reports. Officials gave the go-ahead "only on a few occasions, when a target was... More »

Pakistan Court Summons Musharraf for Treason

Just as former President was making a return to politics

(Newser) - It's looking like an up-and-down kind of week for Pakistan's widely reviled former president. Just a day after a court gave Pervez Musharraf permission to run for office again, Pakistan's supreme court has demanded he face possible treason charges, the AP reports. A conviction could mean a... More »

Pakistan: Musharraf Can Run for Parliament

Ex-dictator finds a friendly northern province that will let him run

(Newser) - Pakistan has given former military ruler Pervez Musharraf the go-ahead today to run for parliament next month, a victory for him in what has otherwise been a bumpy return to the country after more than four years in self-imposed exile. Musharraf's return has been largely ignored—with the exception... More »

Musharraf Gets Shoe Thrown at Him

Former strongman faces charges related to his rule

(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... More »

Musharraf Back in Pakistan Amid Death Threats

Ex-president seeks possible political comeback

(Newser) - Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf ended more than four years in self-exile today with a flight to his homeland, seeking a possible political comeback in defiance of judicial probes and death threats from Taliban militants. Security forces whisked Musharraf away in a convoy of about a dozen vehicles shortly after... More »

Musharraf Plans Return to Pakistan, Faces Arrest

He's expected back this month, and a prosecutor vows to detain him

(Newser) - A showdown in Pakistan looms: Former President Pervez Musharraf plans to return to the country on Jan. 25 or 26 in a bid to revive his political career, and a federal prosecutor vows to arrest him on the spot, reports Bloomberg . Musharraf, who has been living in Dubai and London... More »

Musharraf Meets With Rick Perry in Texas

Texas governor talks foreign relations in Austin

(Newser) - This won't tamp down those Rick-Perry-for-president rumors: The Texas governor met with former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf in Austin today and said he hopes the strained ties between the US and Pakistan will improve. Perry lamented the two countries' poor relationship but did not directly criticize current US policy... More »

US Told to Cut Military Presence in Pakistan

Former president labels Osama raid 'act of war'

(Newser) - Amid rising distrust since the killing of Osama bin Laden, Pakistan has told the US to reduce the number of military trainers it has in the country. A Pentagon spokesman has confirmed that the number of US personnel in Pakistan is being halved at the request of Islamabad, Reuters reports.... More »

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