Musharraf treason case; Special Court adjourns hearing till Friday

ISLAMABAD: The Special Court constituted to trial former President Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf under high treason act on Thursday adjourned hearing till Friday (March 21).

The three-member Special Court headed by Justice Faisal Arab comprising Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali resumed hearing of the high profile treason case.

At the outset of hearing, Defence Counsel Anwar Mansoor in his arguments said that a plea had been filed to rectify the court’s decision as it earlier mentioned that the accused did not want to appear before the court.

He said his client wanted to appear before the court but due to certain security threats could not do so.

On this, Justice Faisal Arab remarked that if it is said the accused did not want to appear before the court due to security concerns it implied that he did not intend to do it.

The defence counsel said that he had said earlier that he would require time to consult with his client. Anwar Mansoor arguing over the appointment of the government prosecutor said that the prosecutor had been linked with the prime minister and his partiality was conspicuous.

He said that the role of a prosecutor was to assist the court, and not to seek punishment.

Head of Prosecution Team Akram Sheikh said that the lawyers of Pervez Musharraf using delaying tactics in the case.

Prosecutor Akram Sheikh while citing a newspaper reference offered to detach himself from the hearing on the condition that Musharraf appeared in the court.

Upon which Justice Arab told Akram Sheikh that the issue was of personal nature rather than judicial and the court would not take it into consideration.

The defence counsel completed arguments over the appointment of Prosecutor and member prosecution team Dr Tariq Hassan would start his arguments regarding appointment of Akram Sheikh from tomorrow (Friday).