LHC seeks assistance from AG, Advocate General on petitions against Musharraf

Justice Sh. Azmat Saeed of Lahore High Court on Wednesday sought assistance from Attorney General of Pakistan and Advocate General Punjab on petitions seeking extradition and registration of a high treason case against former President Pervaiz Musharraf.

The court passed the order on two different petitions filed by Ilamuddin Ghazi advocate and Aziz Ahmad Awan.

Ghazi had levelled 15 allegations of different nature against the former military dictator.

The lawyer alleged that the former army chief had dissolved an elected parliament without “any cogent reasons just to save his own skin”.

Recounting illegalities committed by the Musharraf, Ghazi submitted that Gen (R) Musharraf had violated the Constitution after he prevented judges of the Supreme Court and four high courts from performing their judicial duties and detained Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry along with his children.

He said that when the legal fraternity launched a movement for the restoration of the judiciary, they were severely beaten up and false criminal cases were filed against them.

Accusing Gen (R) Musharraf killing of thousands Hafiz-e-Quran girls and boys during the Jamia Hafsa operation in Islamabad, the lawyer said that the former president also compelled Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan to own charges of illegally selling nuclear technology, which tarnished the country’s image abroad.

Blaming Musharraf for being involved in the Karsaz incident in Karachi, the petitioner alleged that Musharraf had ordered the killing of “patriot (Nawab) Muhammad Akbar Khan Bugti and also threatened his family members”.

He submitted that Musharraf joined the United States (in its) war after the 9/11 incident without the nation’s consent and handed over innocent citizens from the Muslim country to America.

According to Ghazi, Gen (Retd) Musharraf also made plans to kill Benazir Bhutto.

Citing a statement of Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, the lawyer accused Musharraf of committing a “series of heinous crimes”, including the kidnapping of Dr Aafia Siddiqui.

The petitioner requested the court to direct the federal government to lodge a case against the former president under Article 6 of the Constitution. “He should be made to answer for his crimes in court”.

Whereas Awan through his counsel Khawar Khan prayed the court to issue directions for extradition of Musharraf and issue red warrants in this regard.

After hearing argument, the court sought assistance from Attorney General of Pakistan and Advocate General Punjab in this regard.

The court also asked them to explain whether any treaty exists between Pakistan and United Kingdom through which an accused could be brought to Pakistan.

The court will take up the matter on October 18.