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Pakistan’s Musharraf Told to Appear in Court | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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ISLAMABAD, (AP) – Pakistan’s top court has summoned former President Pervez Musharraf to appear in court over his 2007 firing of several dozen independent-minded judges.

Wednesday’s notice allows Musharraf to send a lawyer in his place.

The case could rattle Pakistan’s political scene at a time when the U.S. wants the nuclear-armed nation to focus on fighting al-Qaeda and the Taliban along the Afghan border.

Faced with growing challenges to his rule, Musharraf declared a state of emergency on Nov. 3, 2007, suspending the constitution and dismissing the judges.

Under pressure, Musharraf lifted the emergency rule and allowed parliamentary elections. The vote brought his foes to power, and they ultimately pushed him to resign.