LHC rejects application for adjournment of Musharraf treason case

Published: March 25, 2011

Advocate Rana Ilmuddin Ghazi, the petitioner, has accused Musharraf of various constitutional violations. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Friday rejected the application for adjournment of court proceedings to register a treason case against former President Pervez Musharraf.

This was the 17th time the Advocate General had submitted a request for the adjournment of proceedings. Justice Azmat Saeed remarked that the case had already been adjourned 16 times on the petition filed by the Federation.

The hearing for the treason case has been formally initiated by the court, Justice Azmat said the government’s reservations will be addressed but the case cannot be put off anymore.

The hearing for the case has been adjourned till March 29.

Advocate Rana Ilmuddin Ghazi, the petitioner, has accused Musharraf of various constitutional violations, including dissolving an elected parliament and sacking judges. He also made various accusations against Musharraf concerning the Lal Masjid operation in 2007, Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan’s illegal nuclear technology sales, the assassinations of Bhutto and Baloch tribal chief Akbar Khan Bugti and the “kidnapping” of Dr Aafia Siddiqui. He asked the court to direct the federal govt to lodge a case against Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution and issue directions for his extradition and red warrants against him.

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on March 8 ordered a case to be registered against Musharraf on charges of treason. Complainant Attahullah Shah had filed a petition in the court accusing the former president him of imposing emergency in the country on November 3 2007, without any concrete reason.

The petitioner also accused Musharraf of sacking and torturing senior judges of the courts.

He said Musharraf’s actions, resulted in abrogation of the constitution which is tantamount to treason.

Musharraf has also come under fire in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case. An Anti-Terrorism Court in Rawalpindi has thrice issued non-bailable warrants for Musharraf in the murder case. He is thought to be a key witness and an enabler of the plot to kill former prime minister Benzair Bhutto.

Pakistan has sought the Commonwealth’s cooperation and requested the UK Home Department to extradite Musharraf.

Reader Comments (11)

  • Aqeel Ahmed Khan Sherwani
    Mar 25, 2011 - 6:47PM

    Stupid people…
    they cant harm Musharraf…!Recommend

  • AnisAqeel
    Mar 25, 2011 - 8:22PM

    “Stupid people…
    they can’t harm Musharraf…!”
    As there is no practical law in Pakistan, even Mullahs who demanded Sharia law, they don’t want to practice it. Ha ha ha foreign infidel nations laugh on us.Recommend

  • Karim Alam
    Mar 25, 2011 - 8:57PM

    Politically motivated cases must not be heard by the Courts. The courts must seek ways and means to provide speedy justice to common people at their door steps instead of involving in similar such cases.
    we must appreciate the courts for taking up matters that can improve the processes of governance in the country.Recommend

  • MI
    Mar 25, 2011 - 9:14PM

    Which courts? the smae court that secretely freed Ramond Davis. Whatever the courts do, whatever PMLN do, and whatever PPP do – Musharraf will come and the people will vote for him. Inshallah.Recommend

  • salim
    Mar 25, 2011 - 9:32PM

    This is nothing but pure discrimination. Musharraf is not a person to be cowed down.

    The list of people who need to be tried for treason are some politicians, officers of the court etc!Recommend

  • Mar 25, 2011 - 9:45PM

    @MI:
    Kangroo Courts – Only one eyed. Punjab Judges are bent to oblidge Sharif brothers but jiss kaa hammi ho Allah oss kaun nuqsaan pohcha saktaa hay.

    Musharaff will come out of this mess soon with a clean slate.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Mar 25, 2011 - 10:18PM

    Grow up and stop wasting time. Pakistani courts can take the cases that are pending for decades. We all know fully well that Pakistani generals aer never tried for multiple acts of treason. It is the “sunnah” of Pakistani army which they repeat every now and then. Just like surrendering to Indian is!

    Even after surrendering half the country to Indians how many generals were even tried let alone punished? The army is above constitution and the laws of the land and the current fake attempts to rein in are waste of time and resources. Ger real, might is right.

    Mirza, USARecommend

  • Ashley
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:08AM

    I am not surprised about these accusation but all these cases, which are in the Court against Musharraf will be filed in the Court cabinet for 50 years, because that is what happened to PPP, MQM, PML Q, PML-N etc Government Cases. How can you question these governments? When Immunity is available to all Political Parties. Except for the Middle and Poor class citizens of Pakistan.

    The Pakistan Government could not Extradite MQM Chief, how will they extradite Musharraf.

    All the Political Parties are Family Run Business and they make a pretty good living while staying in the Government till term is over and then another government comes along to fool the people.

    The Law Enforcers (Lawyers, Judges, Police and Military) think they can fool the People all the time.Recommend

  • Ehsan
    Mar 26, 2011 - 7:48AM

    The trap is now getting tight around jackal’s neck. Starting from Kargil misadventure up to the murder of Benazir Bhutto, he can’t run away anymore from the long hands of justice.Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Mar 26, 2011 - 1:35PM

    The court should first determine whether the treason was committed on 3 November 2007 or 12 Oct 1999.
    Was the court empowered by the constitution 1973 to sanctify the military take over?
    Were the Judges empowered to authorize Pervez Musharraf to amend the constitution?
    Was the oath under PCO legitimate in 1999 while that in 2007 it was treason ?
    This is nothing but King Midas Greek mythology, a Phrygian king who befriended Silenus, a follower of Dionysus, and was rewarded by Dionysus with the gift of making everything he touched turn into gold.
    Today we have a number of Midas from Lahore to Islamabad, turning everything in gold by a touch. They can call night a day and day a night because they said so. This judocracy will ultimately alienate the people from the said institution
    Recommend

  • Mar 26, 2011 - 4:47PM

    Time is being wasted,
    on the connivance of particular quarters,
    he committed no crime,
    compare the political and economic condition of the country
    with yesterday and today,
    you will find him better as leader than all those becoming champion of democracy.Recommend

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