Islamabad (March 29, 2018): The bench conducting the high-treason trial against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf was abolished on Thursday after the counsel of Pervez Musharraf raised objection over Justice Yahya Afridi, who headed the bench.
The hearing of the treason case was supposed to resume today. However, Justice Afridi, who is chief justice of the Peshawar High Court, recused himself from the bench after Musharraf’s lawyer objected to his inclusion, saying Justice Afridi was former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry’s lawyer.
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The bench deliberated on the matter in-chamber after which Justice Afridi recused himself. However, in his order, he observed that the counsel’s objections are factually incorrect. He explained that he was never former chief justice Chaudhry’s counsel but was indeed a co-petitioner in the case against Musharraf’s Nov 3, 2007 emergency.
Other members of the bench include Justice Tahira Safdar of the Balochistan High Court and Justice Yawar Ali, chief justice of the Lahore High Court.