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Guarantor of Musharraf’s return may lose his house

ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf’s protracted stay overseas may cost ex-director general Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) Rashid Qureshi his house in the capital city.

Retired Maj Gen Rashid Qureshi was the sponsor of the former president in the high treason case. In February 2014, after the special court issued non-bailable arrest warrants for Musharraf, Gen Qureshi submitted security bonds to allow his ex-boss to get bail.

The law court acknowledged the bail appeal against the suggestion of Rs2.5 million surety bonds. Gen Qureshi had assured that the former president would appear before the court and promised his house worth Rs50 million in Sector E-11 as a surety.

Nevertheless, throughout the proceedings on Thursday, Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel, the head of the three-judge special court, observed.

Musharraf left the country without recording his statement under Section 342 of the Criminal Procedure Code, hence the court can confiscate the surety.

In other words, the court warned that the property Gen Qureshi had promised along with the surety bonds could be removed in case Gen Musharraf remained inattentive from the proceedings in future.

The court also issued a show-cause notice to Gen Qureshi asking him to file a reply before the next date of proceedings on April 19.

According to the General he had promised his house but now wanted to standby the surety.

General stated said he was ready to submit prize bonds worth Rs2.5 million to relief the document of his house. The special court would take up Gen Qureshi’s application on April 19.