LAHORE: Former president Pervez Musharraf has decided not to appear before the Supreme Court, Geo News reported citing sources, after the apex court ordered him to return to Pakistan by 2pm on June 14.
The Supreme Court earlier today heard a case filed by Musharraf in 2015 against the rejection of his nomination papers in the 2013 general elections, at its Lahore Registry.
Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar ordered the former president to return to the country by 2pm on Thursday. "The verdict will be announced in compliance with the law upon Musharraf's failure to follow the orders," he remarked.
The apex court noted that it was not bound to comply with any conditions set forth by Musharraf.
"Musharraf was assured he would get protection but we are not bound to issue a written assurance to him," observed Chief Justice Nisar.
The Supreme Court, on June 7, had ordered the former president to appear before it and assured he would not be arrested upon appearance.
Chief Justice Nisar had remarked that the apex court would pass an order ensuring authorities to not arrest Musharraf before his appearance in court.