NIGHTWATCH: Pakistan Musharraf Back Into Exile?

08 Wild Cards

Pakistan: Update. A local court ordered Musharraf remanded in custody for 14 days, pending further proceedings in the murder case connected with the Red Mosque.

Comment: At the time the remand order was made, the Islamabad High Court rejected a petition for Musharraf’s name to be added to the Exit Control List, which would prevent him from leaving the country. That is a strong indicator that the murder charges will be dropped because the government wants Musharraf to return to self-imposed exile. He will not stand trial, but he must leave Pakistan. He remains under house arrest in his villa which the courts designated a temporary sub-jail.