Hours after his arrest in a case related to the imposition of emergency rule in 2007,former President Pervez Musharraf was Friday moved from his farmhouse to the police headquarters in Islamabad to fulfil the conditions of his transit remand.
Musharraf,69,was moved from the fortified farmhouse to the Police Lines or headquarters in Sector F-11 amidst tight security shortly after 2 pm.
Officials said the move was necessary as a judicial magistrate had sent Musharraf on transit remand following his arrest Friday morning.
Under the rules,transit remand is meant only for transferring an accused from one court to another,and a person on transit remand must be held in a police station till he is produced in court.
However,police took Musharraf back to his farmhouse after his appearance before the judicial magistrate due to security concerns.
Police officials felt it would not be safe to take Musharraf to any police station in view of the threats to his life.
Though police had asked for Musharraf to be remanded in judicial custody,the magistrate said he did not have the jurisdiction to do this as the Islamabad High Court had directed that he should be charged under the Anti-Terrorism Act for detaining more than 60 judges during the 2007 emergency.
The magistrate sent Musharraf on transit remand for two days and directed police to approach an anti-terrorism court to seek judicial custody. The nearest anti-terrorism courts are in Rawalpindi and police were unable to approach them Friday.
Officials then decided in the afternoon to move Musharraf to the police headquarters,a high-security complex that is better protected than police stations.
It is expected that Musharraf will be produced in an anti-terrorism court Saturday.
The Law Ministry issued a notification Friday for setting up an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad.
Sources told PTI that after Musharraf is produced in the anti-terrorism court,a move can be initiated to declare his farmhouse a sub-jail so that he can be detained there.
Caretaker Interior Minister Malik Habib Khan informed the Senate or upper house of parliament Friday morning that Musharrafs residence had been declared a sub-jail though it subsequently emerged that no formal notification had been issued in this regard by the Islamabad Commissioner.
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