SC orders Musharraf to return to Pakistan by June 14

June 13, 2018 02:50 PM

Punjab News Express
LAHORE: Police in Assam on Wednesday arrested the main accused in connection with the lynching of two Guwahati-based youths in Karbi Anglong district who were mistaken to be child abductors.

A police spokesman said Alphajoz Timung was arrested in a village near the area of Panijuri Kachari where Nilotpal Das and Abhijeet Nath were killed by a mob on the night of June 8.

"We have arrested Alphajoz. He had been hiding there since the night of the murders," an officer said.

The police had been looking for Alphajoz since June 9 after some locals stated that he had spread a rumour that the victims had abducted a girl who was in their vehicle.

"On Friday (June 8) evening, Alphajoz sent a message to some of the locals that the two youth had abducted a girl and asked them to intercept the vehicle they were travelling in," the officer said.

"The message from Alphajoz infuriated the mob and they not only intercepted the vehicle but also beat the two to death even after discovering that there was no one else in their SUV."

So far, 28 persons have been arrested for their involvement in the lynching whi Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered former President Pervez Musharraf to return to the country by Thursday as it delivered a withering rebuke for his continued absence from court.

Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, who is heading a three-judge bench hearing Musharraf's appeal against the rejection of his nomination papers in the 2013 general elections, warned that if he does not show up in court by 2 p.m., a decision will be taken in absentia on his eligibility to contest elections, Geo News reported.

Last week, the Supreme Court had issued a directive permitting Musharraf to file his nomination papers for the July 25 general elections on the condition that he appear in person before the court on June 13 in Lahore.

The court had said that the fate of Musharraf's nomination papers would be subject to the final decision in the present case. It has also said that he would not be arrested upon appearance.

Although Musharraf's nomination papers for Chitral's seat were submitted earlier this week, the former military ruler did not appear in court on Wednesday despite orders that his national identity card and passport be unblocked in order to facilitate his travel.

Musharraf's lawyer informed the court that his client was willing to face the treason charges if he was given the guarantee to be protected.

"The Supreme Court is not bound to Musharraf's terms," Justice Nisar said. "We've already said that if Musharraf returns, he will be provided with security. We are not bound to also provide a written guarantee in this regard."

"If he doesn't return, the scrutiny of his nomination papers will not be permitted. He should come (to the court) if he is a commando," said the Chief Justice. "Like politicians, he should not keep claiming he will return."

Musharraf's lawyer also said that his client was ill and a medical board had to examine him. In response, Justice Nisar said: "Musharraf can come back to Pakistan in an air ambulance and we will order the constitution of a medical board."

The former President has not visited Pakistan since leaving for Dubai in March 2016.

le 36 others were detained for spreading hate messages and circulating videos of the incident on social media.


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