Supreme Court to hear petition against Musharraf on Thursday

The former president is accused of violating the constitution.


Web Desk March 27, 2013
A three member bench will conduct hearing against ex president Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme court admitted a petition for hearing against former president Pervez Musharraf, Express News reported on Wednesday.

The three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammed Chaudhry, will on March 28, 2013 hear the petition filed by Maulvi Iqbal Haider in 2010.

There were many cases pending against the ex president but the court has chosen the petition regarding the November 3 emergency to  be heard first.

Maulvi Iqbal Haider’s petition had accused Musharraf of violating the constituion when he imposed emergency in Pakistan on November 3, 2007.

A similar petition was filed in the Lahore High Court. However, the Rawalpindi Bar Association requested that the Supreme Court should proceed with a high treason case against the ex-president.

The court though clubbed both the petitions and will have hearings according to article six.

Iqbal first submitted the request for hearing of the case in the Sindh High Court (SHC) but they forwarded the petition to the Supreme Court.

In wake of his return to Pakistan, many lawmakers have repeated their call for the former military ruler to be arrested and tried for treason.

COMMENTS (20)

Samina | 8 years ago | Reply

Musharraf is waxing eloquent in his defence. He says in a press conference the other day that he has not returned under any deal (perhaps because he himself was a deal-maker while in power), challenges his opponents to do whatever they can against him since he is not afraid, brushes aside al fears of assassination, etc. He also justifies the Laaal Masjid operation and Kargil, denies responsibility for Bugti’s killing, and looks to the MQM for a seat or two. Pakistan’s nascent democracy, faced with the challenge of conducting a peaceful democratic transition from one elected government to the next also arguably faces, but is not so far addressing, the sordid past of military coups in our history, and has yet to find the courage to put those responsible in the dock of history and the law.

Mike | 8 years ago | Reply

@Enlightened:

I dont think so. If he really had done something bad then he would not come back. His lawyers will at least advise him not to come back. Even he gets conviction, at least he will die with a clear conscience. This world punishment is nothing comparable the punishment of hereafter.

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