Pak court asks police to confiscate Musharraf assets over probe | The Daily Star
11:00 PM, October 30, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, October 30, 2009

Pak court asks police to confiscate Musharraf assets over probe


Internally displaced Pakistani tribesmen, who had fled military operations against Taliban militants in South Waziristan, wait for their turn outside an aid distribution point in Dera Ismail Khan yesterday. Photo: AFP

A court in northwest Pakistan on Friday directed police to declare former President Pervez Musharraf a "proclaimed offender" and confiscate his property if he failed to cooperate with the probe into the whereabouts of a man allegedly detained by security agencies during his tenure.
The district and sessions court in Abbottabad in North West Frontier Province issued the order in response to a petition filed by the family of the "missing" man.
In the petition, the family had accused Musharraf of having a role in the abduction of the man.
Mohammad Iqbal, the lawyer for the complainants, said he was satisfied with the court's decision directing police to declare Musharraf a "proclaimed offender" and confiscate his property if he failed to cooperate with the probe into the case.
He said the petition was filed in March under provisions of the Pakistan Penal Code and Article 6 of the Constitution, which relates to the trial of the President on charges of treason.
"Now the police have got the order from the court. If they will not proceed, the judge will take action against the police," Iqbal told a TV news channel.
Police had been investigating the matter for the past six to seven months and had accepted that they cannot arrest Musharraf and others named in the complaint, Iqbal said.

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