High Court case against Musharraf adjourned to August 17

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Islamabad, July 27 (ANI): The Islamabad High Court on Monday adjourned the hearing of the petition for registering a case against former president Pervez Musharraf, former prime minister Shaukat Aziz and Aftab Sherpao till August 17.

Coordinator Defence of Human Rights Khalid Khwaja had filed a petition in the Islamabad High Court that he was kept in illegal detention during the previous regime on orders of Pervez Musharraf, Shaukat Aziz and Aftab Sherpao and police is not registering case against them.

He requested the court to direct the police to register a First Information Report (FIR).

The News quoted Islamabad High Court Judge Ramzan Chaudhry as saying that if Musharraf appears before the Supreme Court, only then can he be summoned to appear before the High Court.usharraf has been advised not to return to Pakistan as his adversaries have chalked out a plan to drag him to courts on various counts while some extremist groups are also active in the wake of speculation that he might return.

The retired general has been in constant contact with his old aides, serving and otherwise, and weighing the pros and cons of returning home.

He has ultimately decided not to come back this week since the apex court summoned him to appear on Wednesday.

A petition is likely to be submitted by one of his counsels before the Supreme Court for adjournment so that he could study the case.

Musharraf has not been classified as a defendant or witness in the matter pending before the apex court, but his status could be altered once the proceedings get underway in the court, The News return.

A close associate of the former president has revealed that Musharraf has been provided an additional four sleuths by the Scotland Yard immediately after some political leaders in London threatened him.

Musharraf has planned to proceed to some European universities in next four weeks to deliver lectures. He could change his plan in the wake of fears of agitation.

The sources close to Musharraf claim that the retired general has no problem in staying on in London.

In case he finds some difficulty in living in the British capital, he could move to California where his son Bilal Musharraf is living.

It is yet to be determined how the US administration would react to the plan of the former president to enter the United States this time.

Musharraf could also shift to Chicago where his brother is living. The sources said that Musharraf would make a decision about his future course of action in September next and till then he would avoid returning. (ANI)

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