ISLAMABAD: Former military chief Pervez Musharraf is due to face trial for treason on Wednesday, a week after the case was adjourned because of a bomb scare.
“I would say the whole army is upset. I have led the army from the front,” he told reporters at his farmhouse on the edge of Islamabad.
“I have no doubt with the feedback that I received that the whole army is… totally with me on this issue.”
There has been no public comment on the case from the army, but some observers say they are reluctant to have their former chief suffer the indignity of trial in a civilian court.
The former commando’s lawyers have dismissed the charges as an attempt by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whom Musharraf ousted in a coup in 1999, to settle old scores through the courts.
Musharraf spokesman Raza Bokhari said they have filed challenges to the tribunal’s authority and the hearing should not go ahead until rulings have been made on these.
“We demand that the unlawfully formed special treason court avoid the label of being called a ‘kangaroo court” and suspend its proceedings until the challenges raised by General Musharraf are heard and properly disposed by the superior courts,” Bokhari said in a statement issued late Tuesday.