ISLAMABAD: All Pakistan Muslim League Chairperson General (retd) Pervaiz Musharraf is likely to return to Pakistan in 24 hours, sources informed Geo News.
APML Secretary-General Dr Amjad said that the travel preparation of the party leader is in the final stage. “We are reviewing the flights’ schedule,” he said.
He added that Musharraf can land Pakistan anytime through a direct or connecting flight, adding that the former chief of army staff’s passport has not been un-blocked yet.
The Supreme Court earlier today heard a case filed by Musharraf in 2015 against the rejection of his nomination papers in the 2013 general elections, at its Lahore Registry.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar ordered the former president to return to the country by 2pm on Thursday. “The verdict will be announced in compliance with the law upon Musharraf’s failure to follow the orders,” he remarked.
The apex court noted that it was not bound to comply with any conditions set forth by Musharraf.
“Musharraf was assured he would get protection but we are not bound to issue a written assurance to him,” observed Chief Justice Nisar.
The Supreme Court, on June 7, had ordered the former president to appear before it and assured he would not be arrested upon appearance.
Chief Justice Nisar had remarked that the apex court would pass an order ensuring authorities to not arrest Musharraf before his appearance in court.
“He [Musharraf] should come [to the court] if he is a commando. Like politicians, he should not keep claiming he will return.”
The chief justice had further observed that the scrutiny of Musharraf’s nomination papers for the upcoming General Election 2018 would not be allowed if he failed to return to Pakistan.