Musharraf re-arrested over Lal Masjid deaths
11 October, 2013
ISLAMABAD: Police said Thursday they had arrested former military ruler Pervez Musharraf over the 2007 raid of the Red Mosque in Islamabad, a day after a court granted him bail in a separate case.
"We have put General Musharraf under house arrest in a case involving a military operation on an Islamabad mosque," Muhammad Rizwan, a senior official of the Islamabad police told reporters.
"We will present him before a court on Friday," Rizwan added, after visiting Musharraf's plush villa at the edge of Islamabad, which has been declared a sub-jail. The Supreme Court on Wednesday granted bail to Musharraf over the death of Akbar Bugti, a move that observers had thought would bring closer his possible release.
He had already gotten bail in two other major cases against him, including one relating to the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. A party spokesman confirmed the arrest, saying they will now apply for bail in the latest case. Police had earlier refused a request by leaders of the Red Mosque to name General Musharraf as a suspect in the case of a military raid in 2007 which saw dozens killed.
But Islamabad High Court, acting on a petition by the son of the slain administrator, later issued instructions to Islamabad police to nominate him in the case, paving the way for Thursday's arrest.