Trial for treason: Special bench for Musharraf case finalised

Published: November 19, 2013
Musharraf will be tried for treason under Article 6. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Musharraf will be tried for treason under Article 6. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE

Musharraf will be tried for treason under Article 6. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE Justice Arab was appointed as head on account of being the senior most judge. PHOTO: SINDH.GOV.PK

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Tuesday finalised the names of three judges for the ‘special court’ which the government requested for a trial against former president and Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf, Express News reported.

Sindh High Court’s Justice Faisal Arab will head the bench.

Justice Tahira Safdar of the Balochistan High Court and Justice Yawar Ali of the Lahore High Court are the other two judges on the bench.

Express News correspondent Aamir Ilyas Rana reported that Justice Arab was appointed as head on account of being the most senior judge among between the three.

Prime Minister approves judges

According to a release from Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s office, he approved the names of the three judges to head the ‘special court’.

The federal government had requested the Supreme Court on Monday that a ‘special court’ try Musharraf for treason.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had said:

“Following the judgment of the Supreme Court and a report submitted by an inquiry committee, it has been decided to start proceedings against Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution.”

“It is happening for the first time in the history of Pakistan. This case is very sensitive and important and the decision has been taken in the national interest,” he added.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • shiraz
    Nov 19, 2013 - 9:59PM

    How about trials for those who violate constitution article 62/63?…but then how can we do a trial for those,because that will include more than 80% of our parliament members including Mr.Sharif and Mr. Zardari.


  • jilal
    Nov 19, 2013 - 10:00PM

    is this called a kangaroo court?


  • A J Khan
    Nov 19, 2013 - 10:02PM

    It is time for another revolution. Things are not good in Pakistan. Someone must take a charge and settle the mess.
    1. A selection criterion of Judges in Judiciary has created impasses which need to be rectified.
    2. Handpicked judges from few selected chambers have been given dictatorial powers which are counter indicated for democracy & Justice System in Pakistan.
    3. The status of judges needs readjustment in light of their capabilities & performance.
    4. Foreign paid media is spreading despair in country and building opinions contrary to the unity & tranquility of country.
    5. Political leadership is shy of accepting responsibility & incapable to take timely and hard decisions which are need of the time.
    6. There is no one who stands for Pakistan. Judges have released terrorists; religious leaders have aligned with terrorists & become existential threat to State.
    Someone has to accept the responsibility at peril of his life and come forward to save the sacred state of Pakistan.


  • Kamran
    Nov 19, 2013 - 10:03PM

    1999 black tinted Bullet-proof Mercedes goin down the road taking dictator to his destination.2013 black tinted Bullet-proof Mercedes same guy in very different situation. Time to face real music Mr,you took us in silly war gave our bases and allowed going down Musharraf


  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 19, 2013 - 10:10PM

    Still think its a “Topi Drama” and a diversionary tactic by PML-N……Anyone? Gotta admit though, this is the first time something like this has transpired in the chequered history of Pakistan, regardless of what the eventual outcome would be. Respect NS!


  • sabi
    Nov 19, 2013 - 10:18PM

    For ZAB it was Zia as hanging sword on SC.for NS it was Musharraf .This time no sword let us see how justice is done without sword.


  • AlChemist
    Nov 19, 2013 - 10:22PM

    Pakistan is a country where people who
    1) Get Nobel prize are labelled as enemy or agent enemy.
    2) Kill Governor are called Martyrs.
    3) Break law openly are termed victims.
    4) Fought for the country are known are traitors.
    5) Do massive financial and political corruption are hailed as leaders.
    6) Use religion for personal political advantages are considered “Scholars”.
    and the list goes on……


  • sabi
    Nov 19, 2013 - 10:26PM

    For ZAB it was Zia as hanging sword on SC.for NS it was Musharraf .This time no sword let us see how justice is done without sword.Recommend

  • Asim Ali
    Nov 19, 2013 - 10:31PM

    The last 20 years of my adult life have been wasted listening to the shenanigans of the PPP and PML (N). Look at how countries have developed with vision, and determination. One is astounded at the progress at UAE. From desert to Oasis. Look at the progress made in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore. And this has happened in the last 20 years. The only progress made in the last 20 years was under the General. These clowns neither have the capacity nor the capability to turn this country around. Headlines which will have no results on the economic lives of people. For once, the boots should take over the country for next 50 years


  • Xnain
    Nov 19, 2013 - 10:32PM

    @Adnan Siddiqi:
    Who cares here people are more driven by personal biases than political differences in country we live and breath in…Even if we hire angels from the heaven, you will still see people ranting about it.


  • Waseem
    Nov 19, 2013 - 10:37PM

    as they (politicians and judiciary) have nothing else important to take care in Pakistan? A foolish way to divert nation’s attention from real issues…this tactic, will fail, yet again.


  • Muslim Leaguer
    Nov 19, 2013 - 10:40PM

    Pakistan moves another step forward to undo the chequered history of military coups and subversions of the Constitution.
    A very recent example is Turkey where more than 300 Generals, Air Marshals and Admirals have been sent to jail with General Ilker Basburg given lifetime imprisonment. As a result,Turkey is moving fast on the path of prosperity and closed the back door for military coups.
    Sri Lanka‘s former Army Chief General Sarath Fonseka has also been jailed due to his mindset of political meddling.
    Time for Pakistan to learn from these countries, shut the back door forever and move forward.
    Long Live Pakistan!


  • Shahid
    Nov 19, 2013 - 10:45PM

    MuSharraf is the best leader.I commend him for giving Pakistan eight years of peace and prosperity.


  • Khan
    Nov 19, 2013 - 11:10PM

    Pakistanis needs to stop blaming all their social evils and problems on America and Musharraf. Our twisted version of Islam, corruption and illiterate society are enough to destroy Pakistan and create problems for the rest of the world.


  • Adnan Siddiqi
    Nov 19, 2013 - 11:45PM


    You conveniently forgot the following:

    People aspiring to become Prime Minister on the basis of building a hospital out of chandas and donated land



  • Parvez
    Nov 19, 2013 - 11:57PM

    This will be played out on the maxim that : When all are guilty then nobody is guilty.


  • immortal_soloist
    Nov 20, 2013 - 12:39AM

    Pervez Musharraf saved Pakistan strategically which this thankless and non-analytical nation cannot realise. They just need to study the real facts and think about things. Pervez Musharraf is a true leader and patriot,these clowns are just trying to detract the nation from the real problems within the country,which they have failed to recognise and work towards fixing.

    Long live Pervez Musharraf.


  • logic
    Nov 20, 2013 - 1:30AM

    Indecent haste……


  • Uuu
    Nov 20, 2013 - 2:23AM

    There is no end to rubbish cheap games played by the politicians. When there are so many vital issues and challenges faced by the people and the country, these idiots are simply going in circles. Will there be an end to this? People will have to wake up and take these dirty politicians to task and bring competent people up.. that is the only way forward.


  • theOnlySane
    Nov 20, 2013 - 2:27AM

    What amazes me is that there are clueless people in this day and age who praise for a ruthless dictator who has countless people’s blood on his hands. I hope judiciary makes an example of this tyrant.


  • azmat khan
    Nov 20, 2013 - 2:30AM

    You are right but he violated the constitution.Now is the time of democracy.He must be tried and punished.In future no body will dare to tackle with the constitution.


  • azmat khan
    Nov 20, 2013 - 2:39AM

    You are right.America is not our enemy.We are ourselves our enemies.I feel we deserve the treatment we are receiving from the world.


  • azmat khan
    Nov 20, 2013 - 2:48AM

    It is good that Musharraf is going to face the music for violating the constitution.He will definitely meet justice.But from where will you bring Zia who also committed the same crime and also hanged a popularly elected leader.


  • SHB
    Nov 21, 2013 - 2:47AM

    @azmat khan:
    Please go to Jabrra chowk.


  • Rex Minor
    Nov 21, 2013 - 7:11PM

    Contracts are made but contracts can also be terminated! Is the buisnessman Sharif or the cricket player IK are the kind of people who are able to lead Pakistan in the 21st century?

    Rex Minor


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