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After Fleeing Court, Musharraf Now in Police Custody


Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf is now in police custody, the BBC reports. He appeared in court in Islamabad this morning and was originally placed under house arrest. Later, he was transfered to police headquarters, in yet another twist in the strange tale of Musharraf’s inglorious return to Pakistan.

Musharraf, who took power in a military coup in 1999 and ruled until he was deposed in 2008, has been in exile for the past several years. His motives for returning to Pakistan are uncertain, as is his impact on Pakistan’s upcoming election. But his arrest puts the military in an uncomfortable predicament, as the Economist reports: “This is the first time in Pakistan’s history that a four-star general has been arrested. Others may follow more easily in future.”

It’s possible Musharraf was encouraged to return to Pakistan by the military in order to sow confusion ahead of the elections, in which Nawaz Sharif, a civilian politician historically opposed to the military, is narrowly favored. No one really knows. But clearly Musharraf’s attempt to “save” Pakistan has not gone according to plan.

[Musharraf photo courtesy Getty Images]

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