RAWALPINDI   - Former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Monday handed over the surety bonds worth Rs 2.5 million to the Islamabad police at his VVIP ward in Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) where he was admitted after pain in his chest. 

“This act of Musharraf has reduced the chances of his arrest in the high treason case being heard by a special court,” an Islamabad police official, requesting anonymity, told The Nation on Monday. “Police have took the surety bonds and will submit their reply on Tuesday,” he added.

According to the police officail, a team of Islamabad police headed by SP Investigation, who is also having acting charge of SP Rural, Capt (retd) Muhammad Ilyas, visited the AFIC on court orders to serve the bailable arrest warrants to Gen. Musharraf.  On the occasion, the legal team of Musharraf was also present in the military-run hospital.

The police officer added that the former military ruler upon receiving arrest warrants preferred to submit surety bonds to police team in a bid avoid his arrest.

A month back, the military ruler was rushed to the AFIC, after he had felt pain in his chest while going to face a special court in high treason case.

Musharraf has so far not appeared before the three-member special court since its proceedings in the high treason cases against him.  On the other hand, a source revealed The Nation that the Islamabad police, before serving arrest warrants to Musharraf, had reported the matter to area police RA Bazaar.  Earlier, the special court in its seven-page verdict remarked that the report of AFIC medical board did not impose any restrictions on Musharraf’s movement.