Contempt of court petition filed against Musharraf for 'illegally' confining judges

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Islamabad, Sep.11 (ANI): Cases against former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf continue to be filed abated, as now a petition has been moved in the Supreme Court seeking contempt-of-court proceedings against the former general for 'illegally' preventing 60 judges from performing judicial duties after the November 2007 emergency.

The petition filed by advocate Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam Ghuman under Article 204 of the Constitution, named Musharraf as the respondent.

Ghuman, in his petition, has asked the apex court to direct Musharraf to appear before it, "so that he may be dealt with and punished according to the law ... in the larger interest of justice."

The petition states that the Chief Justice and 59 other judges of the higher judiciary, who refused to take oath under the November 2007 Provisional Constitution Order (PCO), were 'illegally barred from judicial work'.

"These judges were illegally detained, and heavy contingents of police deployed outside and inside their residences, while their families were also kept under illegal confinement," The Daily Times quoted the petition, as stating. (ANI)

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