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Security Concern Delays Musharraf's Indictment For Treason

Pervez Musharraf gestures during a press conference in Karachi in March.
A Pakistani court has postponed its scheduled indictment of former President Pervez Musharraf for treason after he failed to show up at a hearing because of security concerns.

The court in Islamabad was due to indict the former leader on December 24 but the hearing has now been postponed until January 1.

Musharraf did not attend the hearing after a bomb was found along the route the former military ruler was to take to the court.

Pakistani officials said a bomb and two pistols were found about one kilometer away from Musharraf's residence in Islamabad.

The treason case stems from Musharraf's decision in 2007 to fire and detain some judges, including the country's chief justice, after declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution.

It is the most serious case against Musharraf since he returned to Pakistan in March.

Based on reporting by dpa and AP