Ready to record statement, hope to get justice: Musharraf

Published: December 4, 2019
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Former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has said that he is ready to record his statement in the high treason case, however, he implied that he was being victimised.

The video statement, recorded from a hospital bed, came a day after the former president complained of health issues and was shifted to a medical facility in Dubai.

“In my view, the [treason] case against me is baseless. I have gone above and beyond the call of duty for the country. I have fought wars I served the country for 10 years. That’s why I consider the case to be baseless. I consider it to be unfair and the prerequisite of justice are not being fulfilled.”

“The commission can come here and listen to me. They must see themselves how my health condition is and then decide. That commission, with my lawyer, must then be heard in the court,” he added.

The former president also expressed hope that he would get justice in the high treason case. “I hope, I will get justice,” said Musharraf.

 

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Elaborating upon his health, the former dictator said his condition “is very bad”.

“I had been visiting the hospital regularly. This morning also, I felt dizziness and fainted. I had to be admitted to the hospital later.”

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has said the court is ‘burdened’ with the responsibility to hold a high treason trial in a way that is manifestly seen as fair by all parties, including the accused, as such case carries capital punishment.

The IHC three-judge bench — which on November 27 stopped a Special Court from unveiling its order in a high treason case against Gen (retd) Musharraf — issued its 24-page detailed order on Tuesday.

The bench, headed by Chief Justice Athar Minallah, last week passed a short order to stay proceedings of the Special Court after hearing a petition filed by the interior ministry, which is prosecution in the treason case.

The Special Court on November 19 rejected the interior ministry’s request for more time to notify a prosecution team to wrap up the trial initiated by the former PML-N government in 2013.

The Special Court had also rejected a request from Musharraf’s attorney who sought adjournment while announcing that it would hand down its verdict in the absence of the ailing former military ruler, who had flown to the UAE in May 2016 for ‘treatment’ and has not returned since.

 

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  • stevenson
    Dec 4, 2019 - 10:32PM

    How convenient for Musharraf to fall ill before his court hearing. The fact that this coward does not understand why is being tried is reason enough for him to be dragged back as a message to anyone who thinks that the constitution of the country is a joke and he can take over a democratically elected government to create instability and make a mockery of the country. Turkey was able to do that and Pakistan must do the same if it wants to move above the ranks of Muslim nations that are always ruled by generals and kings in banana republic style. Musharraf has shown everyone how much of a coward he is by not facing the courts and hiding in a hospital bed in the UAE. In his 10 years of illegal rule, he could not build one decent hospital even though he had control of everything ! He and his family have run away with billions of dollars and now he hides in the UAE crying for justice ! What justice did he give to Pakistan by bringing in terrorism and instability of the worst kind. Look at how terrorism went down after he left and finally development and CPEC took off after he was kicked out. He is nothing but a sad joker that needs to be put in jail for the damage he did to the country. Pakistan deserves justice for the damage done by the likes of this black hearted coward.Recommend

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