Felt lit­tle in­sulted, hu­mil­i­ated stand­ing be­fore judge

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WASHI NG­TON— Former Pres­i­dent Pervez Mushar­raf has said he felt a lit­tle “in­sulted and hu­mil­i­ated” stand­ing be­fore a judge in a Karachi court, where he ap--

peared to seek ex­ten­sion of his pre-ar­rest bail in a se­ries of cases.

Mushar­raf, ap­peared in a court in Karachi for the first time in his life. “This is the first time, that I ever en­tered a court­room in my life. If I was to be very frank with you on my feel­ings, if you want to know my feel­ings, the first feel­ing when I stand up for the judge when he en­tered which was the norm, the norm which I had to fol­low, I did feel some­how a lit­tle in­sulted, a lit­tle hu­mil­i­ated,” Mushar­raf told CNN.

“But then I started think­ing to my­self that I have been say­ing that ev­ery­one is equal in the eyes of law. So I thought to my­self, well, I have been say­ing this.

The l aw ap­plies to me also. So may be, would be up­set for other, that you your­self got in­volved,” said the former mil­i­tary ruler.

When asked if he trusted the ju­di­cial sys­tem, Mushar­raf said one has to face all the con­se­quences. “I know, my con­vic­tion is that there is noth­ing against me. And there were ar­rest war­rants that were is­sued, for my non­ap­pear­ance in the court,” he said.

“Now when I ap­peared on the cases in the court, there shouldn’t be a rea­son for my ar­rest. And we should pro­ceed with the cases. As far as the cases are con­cerned, they are politi­cised and there’s noth­ing against me.

From any point of view, there is noth­ing against me. So there­fore, with that con­vic­tion, I’ll face the courts,” he said.

Pervez Mushar­raf told CNN he never saw a by­stander hurl a shoe that at him as he headed into a Karachi court on Fri­day to seek a bail ex­ten­sion on charges of cor­rup­tion. “I didn’t even see it. There was noth­ing that hit me. Later on, I was told that some­body hurled some­thing. But noth­ing of that sort was vis­i­ble,” he said.

“But later on they told me, those around me, there were hun­dreds of peo­ple who are my sup­port­ers. I think later on I was told that the man was really over­pow­ered and he got a thor­ough beat­ing or some­thing.

But I don’t know who threw what. I didn’t know at all,” he said.Mushar­raf said he has been liv­ing un­der threats of death since Septem­ber 11, 2001, when he sup­ported the Amer­i­can war on ter­ror and tar­geted the Tal­iban. “I’ve been suf­fer­ing from this threat all along,” he said.—INP

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