ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) ordered the attorney general to submit a written reply explaining the federal government’s stance regarding former president Pervez Musharraf’s treason case, Express News reported on Monday.
The SC had earlier asked the representative of the federal government (attorney general) to present himself in court but he failed to do so.
“We aren’t giving out invitations [which one can deny], we issued a notice to him [attorney general] and he should have come,” the court said.
The law ministry was supposed to arrest Musharraf upon his arrival and take action against him according to article six, the court said.
“What steps did the ministry take?” the court further questioned the law minister present at the hearing. The minister argued that the interior ministry was supposed to take action against Musharraf which further enraged the bench.
The court hence decided to hear a comprehensive reply by the government before proceeding further with the case.
The case was adjourned till April 17.
A two-member bench was formed – comprising of Justice Jawwad S Khawja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain – to hear the petition filed by Advocate Taufiq Asif, the president of Rawalpindi chapter of the Lahore High Court Bar Association.
Five identical petitions were heard for him to be tried for high treason and subversion of the Constitution.