Case registered against Musharraf's lawyer for threatening journalist

Pakistani police registered a case against Pervez Musharraf’s lawyer for hurling threats on a journalist.

Case registered against Musharraf's lawyer for threatening journalist
World Bulletin / News Desk

Islamabad police on Saturday registered a case against Ahmed Raza Kasuri, one of the counsels of Pakistan’s former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf for hurling threats on a journalist who asked him a ticklish question during a press briefing three days ago.

Mr. Kasuri, who is famous for his flamboyant remarks not only out of the courts but even before the judges, had declared a local journalist Ali Sher an “Indian agent”, and “blackmailer”, when he asked him that “ where is your commando General (Musharraf), and why is he avoiding appearing before the courts”. “Shame on you. Shame on you”, an enraged Kasuri yelled at the journalist. “You are those people who are defaming Pakistan’s former army chief and president. You are blackmailers”. “It seems if I have to set you right first”, he threatened the journalist.

Islamabad’s Secretariat Police Station on being contacted confirmed the registration of case against Mr. Kasuri. “Yes, the case has been registered against Ahmed Raza Kasuri on a journalist’s application”, an official at the police station told Anadolu Agency wishing not to be named. He said the case was being sent to legal branch of the police for further action.

Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), which represents the country’s Journalist fraternity, has criticized Mr. Kasuri for his remarks and has announced to protest against him at every hearing of the cases against General Musharraf.

General Musharraf, who is facing trial in various cases, particularly for high treason, has continuously been avoiding appearing before the bench that began the trial for high treason on December 24, 2013. 

A special court trying the former military ruler for imposing an emergency in the country, and suspending the constitution on November 3, 2007, has already rejected the repeated requests of defense lawyers seeking exemption of their client from hearing due to “cardiac illness”. 

General Musharraf who had usurped power after ousting the elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless military coup on October 12, 1999, had suffered a “heart attack” on January 2, 2014 when he was on his way to appear before the special court in high treason case.

Musharraf was forced to resign in August, 2008 when the then ruling party Pakistan Peoples Party, and opposition Pakistan Muslim League (PML) threatened to impeach him. The federal government in November had appointed three judges for the special court to try Musharraf for high treason under Article 6.

Musharraf is also facing trial for detaining the supreme and high court judges on November 3, 2007, and in murder cases of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and former Chief Minister of Southwestern Baluchistan, and a veteran politician, Nawab Akbar Bugti. He is on bail in the murder cases, while has been summoned on January 27, 2014 in judges detention case.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Ocak 2014, 14:50