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Bomb scare near Musharraf house delays first hearing in Pakistan's leader treason trial

FILE - In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses his party supporters at his house in Islamabad, Pakistan. Musharraf spoken out Friday, Dec. 20, for the first time since his house arrest earlier this year, defending his actions while in power and telling a local TV station he did his best for the nation. (B.K. Bangash, File)

FILE - In this Monday, April 15, 2013 file photo, Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses his party supporters at his house in Islamabad, Pakistan. Musharraf spoken out Friday, Dec. 20, for the first time since his house arrest earlier this year, defending his actions while in power and telling a local TV station he did his best for the nation. (B.K. Bangash, File)  (The Associated Press)

A Pakistani security official says a bomb was found along the route the country's former ruler Pervez Musharraf was to take to attend the first hearing in his high treason trial.

Mohammed Ali says the bomb and two pistols were found about one kilometer (half mile) away from Musharraf's residence in the Islamabad suburbs.

As a result, Musharraf did not attend the brief hearing held Tuesday morning in the capital of Islamabad. A judge delayed the hearing until January 1 and directed Musharraf to appear that day.

The treason case stems from Musharraf's 2007 decision to fire and detain some judges including the country's chief justice after declaring a state of emergency and suspending the constitution.

It's the most serious case against Musharraf since he returned to Pakistan in March.