Shoe lobbed at Pervez Musharraf at the Sindh High Court

Mar 29, 2013, 13:53 IST | Agencies

A man lobbed a shoe at former President Pervez Musharraf when he appeared in a Pakistani court here today, but it did not hit him.

The unidentified man hurled the shoe towards Musharraf while he was leaving the Sindh High Court this morning after obtaining a 15-day extension of his pre-arrest bail in a series of cases.

The shoe fell a few feet in front of the 69-year-old former military ruler, who was surrounded by security personnel and TV cameramen.

Footage on TV showed the shoe flying through the air and landing in a group of people in front of Musharraf.

Pervez Musharraf
Former Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf; File Pic/AFP

It could not immediately be ascertained whether the man was detained. Musharraf, who recently returned to Pakistan after nearly four years of self-exile, went to the court to seek extension of his pre-arrest bail.

A bench extended the bail by 15 days. This was not the first time that a shoe was hurled at Musharraf.

In 2011, a man tried to hurl his shoe at him when he was addressing a gathering in Britain. Angry scenes were witnessed in the court complex as a group of lawyers shouted slogans against Musharraf.

There were heated exchanges between lawyers and Musharraf supporters. Musharraf's security guards rushed him out of the court complex. 

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