Islamabad (August 20, 2018): A special court hearing the high treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf on Monday summoned the interior secretary on August 27.
Presided over by Justice Yawar Ali, the court will also consider whether the trial can continue without recording Musharraf’s statement.
Advocate Akhtar Shah, counsel for the former president, said his client would appear if the defence ministry provided security.
The court expressed resentment over prosecutor Akram Sheikh’s behaviour and asked, “Why he did not submit plea if wanted to leave the case?”“The interior secretary should explain it personally to court why Musharraf did not appear before court despite issuance of arrest warrants,” the judge remarked.
The court observed that it is the federal government’s duty to provide security for the accused and adjourned the hearing of the case till August 27.
Mohammad Akram Sheikh, who headed the prosecution team, tendered his resignation. In his resignation letter, the senior advocate expressed his inability to pursue the case after the likely change of the government in Islamabad.The former Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) government had appointed Akram Sheikh as head of the prosecution in the case in November 2013.
Earlier on June 14, a two-member bench has been constituted to hear Pervez Musharraf Treason Case. Chief Justice Lahore High Court Justice Yawar Ali will be heading the bench.
The Ministry of Law and Justice issued the notification to form the special bench to hear the case.
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According to the notification, a two member bench headed by Lahore High Court Chief Justice will hear the case against former army ruler.
Earlier on April 07, the Chief Justice of Pakistan has approved the appointment of a judge Justice Yawar Ali in the special bench hearing treason case against General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, filling in space which became vacant after Justice Yahya Afridi who rescued himself from the bench.
The judge rescued himself from the case on the objection raised by the counsel of the Pervez Musharaf citing his bias towards the accused. Although the judge rejected the claims made by the counsel but rescued himself from the case, ultimately dissolving the bench.Now after induction of Justice Yawar in the special bench, three-member bench is now completed with two other judges Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Nazar Akber and could resume its hearings into the case.
A notification from the law and justice department would also be issued soon in order to allow the bench to resume its hearing into the case which was halted after the dissolution of bench.