Surprising orders by the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday to put former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf behind bars may jeopardize on-going election process in Pakistan, political analysts have feared.

In a dramatic development, the IHC rejected former President Musharraf’s bail plea in judges’ detention case and ordered his arrest. Musharraf, however, left the court premises along with his personal security guards and avoided arrest.

Eyewitnesses said that after the court’s orders the police did not try to arrest former military ruler and he left the court premises along with his protocol officers. However, authorities have blocked all entry points leading to the residence of former ruler in Chak Shahzad.

Hasan Askari, a renowned political commentator, said that court’s orders would create uncertainty over the upcoming elections.

“I thought that the courts will deal with this issue after the elections but in present circumstances different institutions are moving in different directions,” Askari said, adding if this issue moves further it will have negative repercussions on the election process.

Askari said different institutions should show restraint as the country is going through a very difficult phase in its history.

Prominent lawyer Justice (retd) Wajiuddin Ahmad said that nobody should be dealt with contempt, adding there is no harm if the former president is kept under house arrest.

Salman Akram Raja, another constitutional lawyer, said that it is not necessary or binding to arrest any accused from the court room.

Ahmed Raza Kasuri, a distinguished lawyer, said that the IHC court orders were issued to please anti-Musharraf lawyers, adding the orders were given without listening to Mushrraf’s counsel.

However, Musharraf’s opponents demanded of the authorities to immediately arrest him.

Pervez Rasheed, a leader of the Pakistan Muslim League (N), said that police should immediately put Musharraf behind bars, adding nobody should be above the law.

He said that Musharraf was an accused earlier, and now he is an absconder.

Governor Punjab Makhdom Ahmed Mehmood also said that court orders should be complied by the authorities.