ISLAMABAD: A joint investigation team (JIT) constituted by the district administration and police to investigate the role of former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf in the judges’ detention case started its work on Sunday.

It decided to seek record of the statements and speeches made by the former president after imposing emergency in the country on Nov 3, 2007.

Sources said the JIT, headed by SP, City, Capt (retd) Mohammad Ilyas, was reviewing the statement Gen Musharraf had recorded before a police team at his farmhouse after rejection of his bail plea by the Islamabad High Court last week.

The JIT plans to obtain the record from the Ministry of Interior and Cabinet Secretariat regarding the arrest of the judges of the superior courts.

The ex-army chief is under detention at his luxurious farmhouse on the orders of an anti-terrorism court that granted his 14-day judicial remand on Saturday with the directive that the accused be presented before it on May 4.

The sources said that in his initial statement the former president had defended his act of imposing emergency, saying he had made all decisions at that time after detailed discussion with “relevant departments”. The former military ruler, the sources said, had stood by his speech which he had made while announcing imposition of emergency, which was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court on July 31, 2009.

In his statement, Gen Musharraf said that at that time there was a democratic government headed by an elected prime minister. Having no regret for his act, the former president said all his steps had been in the best interest of the country.

When contacted, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Islamabad, Bani Amin Khan, confirmed that the JIT had been constituted in accordance with the Anti-Terrorism Act and it had started investigation. “I have instructed the team to give me a report on a weekly basis.”

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