Treason case: Court reserves verdict on FIA report plea

ISLAMABAD: The Special Court, hearing high treason case against former President Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, reserved its verdict over the Defence Counsel’s demand for provision of inquiry report of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The Special Court headed by Justice Faisal Arab comprising Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali resumed hearing of the case.

During the course of proceedings, Barrister Farogh Nasim, counsel for Pervez Musharraf appeared before the bench and gave arguments over the case.

He said the investigation report, prepared by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on steps taken by Pervez Musharraf during his rule, could not be kept secret, saying that the accused should be provided with the report.

Barrister Farogh Naseem argued that the Official Secrets Act exists in Pakistan, however, FIA’s investigation report does not come under this act. Justice Faisal Arab remarked that investigation report would not have been broadcast on the media if it was under the Official Secrets Act.

He said that those consulted with and assisted Pervez Musharraf for the decision about proclamation of emergency on November 3, 2007, should also be included in the case.

Barrister Naseem argued that the inquiry report of the Federal Investigation Agency will shed light on the matter and a clear picture of things will emerge.

The bench, after hearing the arguments, reserved its judgment on provision of FIA report and adjourned the case till April 28.

Source: APP