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Pakistan's Musharraf survives assassination bomb attempt

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off shortly before his convoy was due to pass early Thursday, police said. The bomb was planted on his route from an army hospital where he has been staying since January to his home on the outskirts of Islamabad. "Four kilograms of explosive device planted in a pipeline under a bridge exploded around 20 minutes before the former president was supposed to cross the spot," senior police official Liaqat Niazi said. ga/ia/jw

Pakistan treason court rejects Musharraf objections

Judges hearing treason charges against former Pakistan ruler Pervez Musharraf on Friday rejected his challenges against the special tribunal. Lawyers for the former general had challenged the constitution of the court and appointment of judges, accusing them of bias against Musharraf, who appeared in person before judges for the first time last month after repeated delays. Lead judge Faisal Arab said after the hearing that the three-member tribunal panel had dismissed Musharraf's objections.

Pakistan's Musharraf rushed to hospital with 'heart problem'

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was rushed to hospital Thursday after suffering a "heart problem" on his way to court for a hearing in his trial for treason, police and an aide said. The 70-year-old had been summoned to the special tribunal after failing to show up for two previous sessions due to security threats against him. ks-sjd-gl/pdw/pdh

Pakistan sets up special court to try Musharraf

Pakistan on Tuesday set up a special court to try former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for high treason, an offence punishable by death or life in prison, an official statement said. The announcement came hours after the Supreme Court forwarded a list of suitable judges to sit on the special court, following a government request on Monday. Three judges were chosen by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is now on an unprecedented collision course with the all powerful military.

Pakistan to try ex-military ruler Musharraf for treason

Pakistan will try former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf for treason for imposing emergency rule in 2007, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Sunday. "Following the judgement of the Supreme Court and a report submitted by an inquiry committee, it has been decided to start proceedings against General Pervez Musharraf (for treason) under Article 6 of the Constitution," Khan told a press conference televised live. mmg/sm

Pakistan extends custody of former dictator Musharraf

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani court extended the custody of former dictator Pervez Musharraf on Friday, dampening hopes he would be able to leave the country any time soon following months under house arrest and legal wrangling over his fate. Musharraf was arrested two weeks ago on charges related a 2007 raid on a radical mosque - just as his lawyer announced the former ruler was free to leave the country after being granted bail in another, unrelated case.

Pakistan police say explosives found near Musharraf's house

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani police said on Tuesday they had defused 50 kg (110 lb) of explosives hidden in a car wired with remote-controlled detonators near the fortified farmhouse where former president Pervez Musharraf is under house arrest. The discovery added a new sub-plot to the saga of Musharraf's deepening legal woes, which have transfixed Pakistanis unaccustomed to the sight of a once all-powerful military ruler submitting to the will of judges.

Pakistan government refuses to order Musharraf treason trial

Pakistan's caretaker government on Monday refused to put former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason, telling the Supreme Court that it was beyond its mandate. "Considering, deliberating or commencing any legal proceedings pursuant to Article 6 of the constitution will be a measure not in the mandate of the caretaker government for the following," it said in a statement to the court.

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