Pakistan’ s ex- army chief Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday didn’t appear in court to be indicted over the murder of former PM Benazir Bhutto because of what police said were security issues. Musharraf, who ruled the country from 1999-2008, had been summoned to face allegations of criminal conspiracy and the killing of Benazir Bhutto in December 2007.
But police and his attorney told the court in Rawalpindi, that it wasn’t safe enough to bring Musharraf to the court because of threats against his life. Judge Chaudhry Habibur Rehman adjourned the indictment until August 20 and ordered Musharraf to appear then. Charging an ex- military leader would be an unprecedented move in a country ruled for over half of its life by the army. There is, however, lingering rumors about the chance of a behind-the-scenes deal that could allow him to depart Pakistan without facing the courts and undermining the army.
Pervez Musharraf, who’s been under house arrest at his luxurious house on the edge of the capital Islamabad since April 19, had appeared before the court personally on July 30.