Treason case: court reserves verdict over provision of FIA report

ISLAMABAD: The Special Court trying former President Pervez Musharraf in high treason case on Monday reserved its verdict over the Defence Counsel’s demand for provision of inquiry report of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) until May 8.

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, counsel for Pervez Musharraf, Barrister Farogh Nasim withdrew the two petitions relating to section 6-A of the Special Court Act-1976.

He submitted that section 6-A of Special Court Act-1976 has expired and his petitions in this regard may kindly be returned and added he would be presenting his reservations verbally.

Prosecutor Akram Sheikh on objection said that the defence counsel on the one hand was taking back the petitions and on the other continuing his arguments.

Barrister Farogh Nasim prayed to the court not to further proceed in the case until the ruling on the handing over to him a copy of the FIA report announced. He said he would finalize his future strategy in the light of the court’s decision and hastily added that it should not be perceived that the trial proceeding being delayed because of him.

He pleaded that the court should adjourn hearing till the announcement of ruling over FIA report.

Later, the court approved the withdrawal of petitions that stated the law under which the accused indicted was superseded by 1981 Ordinance.

The court adjourned further hearing of the case until May 8.

Source: APP