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 »

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 »

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 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 »

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 »

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 »

Pakistan Secretly OK'd bin Laden Hit—10 Years Ago

Gave Bush permission for raid by Pervez Musharraf

(Newser) - Pakistan is just furious about the US' unilateral raid that took out Osama bin Laden—even though Pakistan agreed 10 years ago to let the US carry out just such a strike on its territory. As the Guardian reports, Pervez Musharraf and George W. Bush struck the secret deal in... More »

Hiding? No, Osama Was 'Chilling' in Pakistan

Jon Stewart doesn't exactly believe that no one knew he was there

(Newser) - After years of Pakistan insisting Osama bin Laden wasn't hiding there, not only does it turn out that he was—but that he had been for six years, noted a flabbergasted Jon Stewart last night . "And by the way, 'hiding' bin Laden? 'Hiding'? Bin Laden... More »

Who’s Not Happy That bin Laden’s Dead?

Hamas blasts 'killing of an Arab holy warrior'

(Newser) - Reaction to Osama bin Laden's death is pouring in from around the world—and not everybody's cheering, Reuters reports:
  • Hamas: “We condemn the assassination and the killing of an Arab holy warrior,” said Ismail Haniyeh, the group’s leader in the Gaza Strip. “We regard
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Pakistan Issues Warrant for Musharraf in Bhutto Slaying

'Accused' of not providing adequate security

(Newser) - Three years after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto sent Pakistan reeling, a judge has issued an arrest warrant for former President Pervez Musharraf, naming him as an "accused" in her death, reports the BBC. Musharraf stands accused of not providing adequate security for Bhutto; two senior cops told investigators... More »

Musharraf: Don't Abandon Afghanistan Again

Time limits won't work, says former Pakistan leader

(Newser) - Pervez Musharraf comes out of retirement with an op ed piece today, arguing that a time limit on American involvement in Afghanistan is repeating the mistakes that put the country in the hands of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. A political strategy needs to be found that will stabilize the country... More »

Musharraf: We Zeroed In on Osama, Then 'Lost Track'

(Newser) - The US and Pakistan were this close to catching Osama bin Laden about 5 years ago, says former President Pervez Musharraf. "Then, suddenly, we lost track." In a question-and-answer forum following a speech in South Dakota, Musharraf said intelligence closed in on the al-Qaeda leader in a "... More »

Pakistan's Top Justice Returns to Jubilation

Reinstated judge calls for end to corruption

(Newser) - Pakistan's chief justice triumphantly returned to the bench today, reports the BBC, as supporters showered him with rose petals outside the supreme court in Islamabad. Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry was suspended by former president Pervez Musharraf during the 2007 state of emergency. Last week current president Asif Ali Zardari finally fulfilled... More »

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