Plea against Musharraf: Petitioner barred from court

Published: March 29, 2013
Ex president Pervez Musharraf on his return to Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS

Ex president Pervez Musharraf on his return to Pakistan. PHOTO: REUTERS


A three-member bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that a petitioner seeking action against former President Pervez Musharraf for abrogating the Constitution and for high treason could not appear before the court.

The bench headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said the petitioner, Maulvi Iqbal Haider, could not appear in the SC as four judges had put a ban on his entry in the courtroom.

An advocate on record (AOR) appearing on behalf of Haider said the petitioner wanted to argue the case against Musharraf himself.

On refusal from the bench, the AOR sought some time so that the petitioner could hire a lawyer. The court then deferred the hearing for 10 days.

In his petition, Haider challenged a 2010 judgment of the Sindh High Court and asked the apex court to direct the federal government to initiate criminal proceedings against the former dictator.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 29th, 2013. 

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  • Mar 30, 2013 - 10:29PM

    My personal opinion in this matter as hereunder,
    Initiating a case of high treason against Musharraf did not fall within the domain of apex court and is in fact the responsibility of the political forces.It is not possible for the apex court to take sue moto when the relevant stake holders are silent.

    No complaint has been loged against Musharraf underb article 6,and thus the ECP can not stop him to participate in the upcoming general election.


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