Pervez Musharraf
Pervez MusharrafReuters/Mian Khursheed

The Islamabad High Court on Thursday ordered the arrest of former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, reported local television channels.

Soon after the court rejected his application in the judges' confinement case, Musharraf's personal team of security guards whisked him away in a black SUV to an unknown location before local police could react.

Musharraf, who was on a four-year self-imposed exile from Pakistan, braved the possibility of detention and death threats to return for the 11 May general elections in the country.

The court ordered Musharaff to be arrested for sacking several judges during his term in 2007.

The former ruler was barred from contesting in the elections on Tuesday, owing to cases dating back to the 1999-2008 period when he was in office.