Karachi residents say Musharraf should be arrested
Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 01:21
April 18 - Residents of Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, say former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was wrong to flee after a judge ordered his arrest. Sarah Sheffer reports.
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Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf was forced to flee a courtroom on Thursday moments after judges ordered his arrest dealing a fresh blow to his fast-fading hopes of reviving his political career at next month's general elections.
In Pakistan's bustling city of Karachi residents disapprovingly watched the reports of Musharraf dashing from the court in a black SUV.
(SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) SALESMAN ON TELEVISION SHOP, WASEEMULLAH KHAN, SAYING:
"He should have not fled from the court. He should have offered his arrest while in the court because he has been saying in his interviews that he does not bother or fear arrest."
Some commentators believe it is unlikely Musharraf, who seized power in a 1999 coup and resigned in 2008, will be arrested. The powerful Pakistani military would be unlikely to tolerate such a humiliating spectacle for a retired chief.
But one Karachi resident said no exception should be made for Musharraf
(SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) EMPLOYEE OF A PRIVATE FIRM, SYED FARHAT HUSSAIN, SAYING:
"He had broken the law. The law should be equally applied to everyone whether he is General Parvez Musharraf or an ordinary citizen. All should be equal in the eyes of law."
The former president faces several charges in Pakistan. He denies any wrongdoing.
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