Musharraf treason case: SC reserves verdict

On June 24, PM Nawaz Sharif announced that Musharraf will be tried for treason under Article 6 of the Constitution.

Web Desk June 27, 2013
File photo of Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has reserved its verdict on the former president Pervez Musharraf treason case after hearing the government’s point of view, Express News reported  on Thursday.

The three member bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, adjourned the hearing for indefinite period. The case verdict will be announced later.

Earlier in April, the Supreme Court’s two member bench had raised the question that why had the federal government not taken action against former president Musharraf for violating the Constitution?

While clarifying the government’s stance, the attorney general had said that the interim government’s prime responsibility is to conduct free and fair elections. “[Government’s] reply may put a question mark on its partiality.”

Hence, the court had to wait until the new government was sworn in.

On June 24, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced that Musharraf will be tried for treason under Article 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan. He is accused of subverting the constitution twice.

Soon after the decision, the apex court had set a three-day deadline to finalise a mechanism for treason trial. The government’s top lawyer Munir A Malik then called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss the case.

Musharraf’s reservations

Following the Supreme Court’s hearing, Pervez Musharraf submitted a written response to the court on Thursday.

Musharraf, in his five page letter, said that he had no hopes of justice from the judiciary and impartiality from the government, considering that the present ruler of the state was directly affected by the incident of October 12, 1999.

In response to Musharraf’s letter, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja asked the former dictator to stay calm and said that the court will make sure the trial is fair.

Government takes action

The federal government formed a four member committee for the investigation of former President Pervez Musharraf’s treason case on Wednesday, Express News reported.

The Committee included two additional director generals FIA and two directors FIA.

It will commence its proceedings as soon as possible and will submit the report as soon as the investigation is complete.

Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Amin Fahim requested the government to start the investigation from October 12, 1999.


sgrr | 11 years ago | Reply

@truthbetold: You mentioned the issues which already been solved, as per Shahbaz Sharif claim, they will resolve the issue of load shedding within 06 months so no need to worry. The other all issues are basically one issue which will be resolved by dialogue with Taaliban within the shortest possible time say two or three months. SO only left over issue is Musharraf High Treason which needs the full attention of our nation. Cheeeer.

truthbetold | 11 years ago | Reply

@Aschraful Makhlooq:

"Leave Musharraf and focus on the other most important issues Pakistan is facing,for instance, 1-Energy crises, 2-Terrorism, 3-Conflicts with Taliban, 4-Target killings in Karachi and Quetta, 5-Drones’ strikes and 6-Insecurity in Pakistan…"

Every one of the six items you listed, Musharraf was the cause. He nurtured the terrorists, created the Taliban, got Pakistani involved in Afghanistan as part of his strategic depth game, started the Kargil war, gave support and shelter to terrorists such as Osama bin Laden, gave permission to drone attacks, neglected building conventional energy plants in his quest for more nukes......

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