Treason case: Court directs prosecution to provide documents to defence counsel

ISLAMABAD: Special Court, on request of former president Pervez Musharraf’ s legal team, has ordered Prosecution team to provide the missing FIA investigation report and all relevant documents regarding treason trial to the accused till Friday.

The three-member bench, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, comprising Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali, resumed hearing of the high-profile case here.

Musharraf’s counsel requested the Special Court to re-frame the charge against Pervez Musharraf in the treason case as the old charge was framed without providing him all the necessary and relevant documents.

The court also stayed the recording testimony of Secretary Interior Shahid Khan till its next order and issued notices to the Prosecution team.

The court was prayed to provide necessary documents including minutes of the 44th session of the National Assembly dated November 7, 2007, wherein the House had unanimously endorsed the Proclamation of Emergency and Provisional Constitutional Order of November 3, 2007 with list of all MNAs who attended the session.

He also sought list of the then government’s Cabinet members including the names of governors, chief ministers, chief secretaries, home secretaries, inspector generals of police, members of the provincial assemblies of all the four provinces from November 3, 2007 to December 15, 2007.

The defence counsel also sought copies of notifications presumably (dated November 27, 2007 or November 28, 2007) whereby General Pervez Musharraf stepped down as the Army Chief.

Notification of December 15, 2007 termed “Revocation of Proclamation of Emergency Order, 2007”, whereby the Emergency of November 3, 2007 was lifted.

The counsel also sought copies of the entire record from the President House, Islamabad, and President’s Camp Office at Rawalpindi.

Musharraf lawyers said that the report that has been provided to them did not contain the full details which was asked by them and they cannot proceed without it.

To which the Special court ordered the concerned department to provide the complete data to Musharraf lawyers by Friday.

Later, the court adjourned case proceeding till Friday.