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Musharraf flees as court orders his arrest

Musharraf flees as court orders his arrest

Islamabad: Former president Pervez Musharraf Thursday fled from the Islamabad High Court premises after the court dismissed his bail extension plea and ordered his arrest.

The Islamabad High Court dismissed Musharraf's interim bail extension plea and ordered his arrest in a case related to the confinement of judges in 2007, Geo News reported.

Accompanied by his guards, Musharraf appeared before court to seek an extension in his bail. However, the court dismissed his plea and ordered his arrest.

The former president immediately left the court premises, driving away in a convoy escorted by his bodyguards.

Massive security accompanied Musharraf as he appeared in court.

Meanwhile, a leader of his party said.that Musharraf would approach the Supreme Court Thursday to appeal an order issued by the Islamabad High Court for his immediate arrest

Musharraf had consulted his aides and legal experts and decided to approach the apex court for relief, All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) secretary general Muhammad Amjad told the media outside the former military ruler's farmhouse.

Speaking hours after the High Court cancelled Musharraf's bail and directed police to arrest him, Amjad said, "We have decided that since the Supreme Court has already said Musharraf will not be arrested for another case seeking his trial for treason, we will approach the Supreme Court to confirm his bail".

The appeal is expected to be filed this afternoon, Amjad said.

"Pervez Musharraf is fine, he is not worried. He has always said he is not scared of anyone. If it is necessary, he will present himself for arrest," he said.

In the previous hearing, the high court had extended his interim bail till April 18.

Dawn said that the case is based on an FIR against the retired general registered in Aug 11, 2009 on the complaint of Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Ghumman, an advocate.

He had asked the police to initiate legal proceedings against Musharraf for detaining over 60 judges, including Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, after proclamation of a state of emergency in the country Nov 3, 2007.

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