ISLAMABAD: Secretary Interior Shahid Khan on Tuesday informed the Special Court that high treason case against former President Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf was registered after conducting inquiry and investigation.
The three-member bench of the Special Court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, comprising Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali, resumed hearing of the case against former ruler for abrogating and subverting the Constitution by proclamation of Emergency in the country on November 03, 2007.
During the course of proceedings, Musharraf’s lawyer Farogh Nasim cross-examined Interior Secretary Shahid Khan.
Farogh Nasim asked the Interior Secretary, who has been complainant of the case and who ordered him to register the case against Pervez Musharraf. Is there any law that authorizes the premier to order Interior Secretary to file a complaint, he further asked.
The Interior Secretary replied that a letter was received from the Prime Minister House, after which an inquiry was conducted and the complaint was registered against the former military ruler.
On another question about the letter the complainant replied that he has an attested copy of the original letter.
The Interior Secretary replied that he was not aware of such SRO or law, however, the prime minister as a chief executive can order probe into any case. The Prime Minister had directed investigation into different cases, he added.
He also explained that probe against Musharraf also started on Prime Minister’s order, however, he did not file the complaint.
He stated that lodging of complaint regarding violation of Article 6 took seven years as the case was pending before the Supreme Court and on apex court’s direction the complaint was registered for investigation.
Federal government on December 12, 2013 took decision to file complaint on the report of joint investigation team and no additional documentation was done after filing of the complaint, he added.
Meanwhile, Lead Prosecutor Akram Sheikh objected to Farogh Nasim’s questions but Justice Faisal Arab rejected the objection. On this, Akram Sheikh left the courtroom.
The cross examination of the Interior Secretary will continue in the hearing of the trial on Wednesday.