Former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf has been barred from leaving the country even as the Sindh High Court in Karachi on Friday granted his request for extension of preventive bail for 15 days, reports Geo TV.
As he was coming out of the court, an angry protester hurled a shoe at Musharraf. But the shoe did not hit the former president who was escorted safely from the court. Lawyer Tajammul Lodhi, who threw the shoe, was arrested and taken to an undisclosed location.
This was not the first time that a shoe was hurled at Musharraf. In 2011, a man tried to hurl his shoe at him when the Pakistani leader was addressing a gathering in Britain, the channel said.
Musharraf, who returned to Pakistan this week after more than four years of self-imposed exile, faces arrest in various cases, including the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in 2007, the murder of Balcoh leader Akbar Bugti in 2006 and the jailing of judges in 2007.
The former military dictator had returned only after he was granted protective bail by the courts on March 21.
Musharraf has said that when he left the country there were no cases against him. It is only in his absence that these cases have been imposed on him with malafide intentions of stopping him from returning to Pakistan.
Musharraf ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008 after throwing out Nawaz Sharif’s government. The Saudi government, which has hosted ousted Pakistani leaders at various times, has reportedly brokered a deal so that Musharraf could return to Pakistan to lead his All Pakistan Muslim League in the May general election. Musharraf is contesting from Chitral for the National Assembly.