In a one-day relief for former president Pervez Musharraf, the Supreme Court of Pakistan extended the deadline to appear before it till tomorrow, with a strongly worded question.
During Musharraf's appeal against the 2013 disqualification by the Peshawar High Court, the apex court asked why was a "commando so afraid to return to his country."
Pakistan's daily the Dawn reported: "If Pervez Musharraf is a commando, he should show us by returning, instead of continuously parroting that he will return like a politician," Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar, who headed the three-judge bench, said.
Last week, the Supreme Court had permitted him to file nomination for the July 25 general election on condition that he would appear in the court today. Mushrraf was the President of Pakistan between 1998 and 2008. Currently in UAE, he has asked for adequate security while he returns to the country.
"If Pervez Musharraf is a commando, he should show us by returning, instead of continuously parroting that he will return like a politician," Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar said.
"Why does Musharraf need protection, what is he so afraid of?" he said. "How can a commando be so afraid? Musharraf would say that he has evaded death many times but he was never afraid," he said.
However, the Supreme Court set a final deadline of 2pm and a no-show by Musharraf would lead to a decision being taken according to law.
Musharraf is a fugitive in Benazir Bhutto murder case and Red Mosque cleric killing case. Pakistan's Interior Ministry had also sought the suspension of Musharraf's computerised national identity card (CNIC) and passport.