Musharraf released from house-arrest

A Pakistan court Wednesday ordered the release of ex-president Pervez Musharraf from house arrest, two days after he was granted bail in connection with the attack on Islamabad’s Red Mosque.

The former military ruler has already got bail in two other cases — the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and the killing of senior tribal leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation.

Additional Session Judge Wajid Ali ordered that Musharraf should be released after his lawyers deposited two surety bonds.

Lawyers said Musharraf is likely to be set free later on Wednesday after the written order is delivered at his farmhouse in Islamabad where he has been detained for several months.

Musharraf’s defence lawyer Ilyas Siddiqi said the former president is now a free man and that he can go anywhere he wants. “Pervez Musharraf has been granted bail in all cases. There are no restrictions on his movement,” Siddiqi told reporters.

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