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Courts Order More Detention For Musharraf, Lifetime Ban On Public Office


Pervez Musharraf
Pervez Musharraf
A Pakistani court has ordered two more weeks of detention for former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in connection with the December 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

Prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar said that the antiterrorism court in Rawalpindi ordered authorities to keep Musharraf under house arrest until May 14.

Last week, the court gave authorities four days to question Musharraf.

He is accused of negligence in failing to protect Bhutto, who was assassinated in Rawalpindi while campaigning for parliamentary elections.

Meanwhile, another court hours later banned Musharraf from running for public office for the rest of his life. The ruling, by the Peshawar High Court, was in response to Musharraf’s appeal against a ban on his candidacy in upcoming parliamentary elections.

Musharraf is under house arrest until May 4 in a separate case being heard in Islamabad related to his imposition of emergency rule and the dismissal of high-ranking judges in November 2007.

Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month after four years of self-imposed exile to run in upcoming parliamentary elections.

Based on reporting by AFP and dpa

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