Islamabad - The Special Anti-Terrorism Court Islamabad yesterday granted one-day exemption to former President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf from appearing before the court in judges detention case.

The court conducted the hearing of the case and granted exemption after Musharraf’s counsel moved an application along with a certificate of Musharraf’s medical condition and sought exemption for him.

During the hearing, Prosecutor Aamir Nadeem Tabish objected that such medical certificates have already been submitted many times and since arrest warrants have been issued for Musharraf over non-appearance, the court should not take a lenient position in this matter. However, the court granted Musharraf one day exemption after examining his medical report and deferred the hearing till February 22 for further proceedings in this regard. In this matter, the court had also issued arrest warrants of Musharraf but the same were cancelled after Advocate Siddiqui submitted medical certificate of Musharraf.

In the application, Musharraf’s counsel contended that the court had issued arrest warrants of his client for not presenting Musharraf’s medical report along with his application seeking exemption from appearance before the court. He added that now, Musharraf’s medical report is being submitted. Therefore, the counsel prayed to the court to withdraw Musharraf’s arrest warrants.

The current legal proceedings were initiated against Musharraf for detaining over 60 judges, including the former Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, after his 2007 proclamation of a state of emergency across the country.