IHC to hear Musharraf's appeal against Special Court's appearance orders on Thursday

Published: January 15, 2014
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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) will hear on Thursday an intra-court appeal from former president Pervez Musharraf’s lawyer Chaudhry Faisal Advocate, contending that the Special Court’s orders requiring the former dictator appear before it on January 16, as illegal, Express News reported.

After Faisal filed the intra-court appeal on Wednesday, the court summoned him for a hearing on Thursday, the same day as Musharraf is required to appear before the Special Court.

The petition will be heard by Justice Riaz Ahmed of the IHC.

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had rejected all three pleas by Musharraf against the special court constituted to try him for treason.

Musharraf had raised objections over the authority of the special court, appointment of judges and prosecutor.

Previously, Musharraf’s legal counsel Ahmed Raza Kasuri claimed on Sunday that his client’s appearance before the court was conditional on the improvement in his health condition.

Justifying Musharraf’s absence from the hearings on medical grounds, Kasuri said, “At present, he [Musharraf] is not a normal person and I cannot say exactly if he will appear before the court, because he is sick and under observation.”

“I cannot say that the former president will appear before the special court on January 16 because that is subject to permission from his physicians,” he added.

Last week, the special court had ordered Musharraf to appear at a hearing on January 16, after reviewing the medical reports presented by the Armed Forced Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), where he has been receiving treatment for a heart condition for more than 10 days.

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Reader Comments (15)

  • Sodomite
    Jan 15, 2014 - 9:02PM

    Treason case has become a farce due to lawyers endless arguments on legal process minutia before the real trial can begin. With all due respect this ridicules the Justice system, primarily as Judges have allowed people to begin taking law into their own hands. Summary justice like that meted to Gaddafi – whose mantra “my beople love me” – is mirrored by our Usurper Commando, who runs from Court at every occasion. Compared to him Zardari is a real Commando having faced the courts with courage. Recommend

  • Shahid
    Jan 15, 2014 - 9:14PM

    I hope sanity will prevail and Islamabad court will order to take his name out of ECL which will help to close this case gracefilly and in acceptable ways to every one so that the nation comes out of this and every one can concentrate on real issues such as terrorism and economical difficulties facing the country.Recommend

  • Khalil
    Jan 15, 2014 - 9:29PM

    The best leader ever in the history of Pakistan. May Allah bless him with health and success. But nobody can expect justice. Recommend

  • Pakistani Patriot
    Jan 15, 2014 - 9:41PM

    Former president Musharraf’s legal team should take their appeal to the supreme court and challenge the special court’s legality and the biased judges appointment by Iftikhar Chaudhry. No justice can be served by this vendetta based reference by Nawaz Sharif, and court’s appointment by another vendetta seeker Iftikhar Chaudhry. Even Asma Jehangir who is very opposed to Musharraf has stated it clearly and it is a well know fact now.Recommend

  • Waseem
    Jan 15, 2014 - 10:01PM

    Special courts are courts of hand picked judges whom we can’t expect justice. Its part of revenge nothing else.Recommend

  • Adnan
    Jan 15, 2014 - 10:04PM

    Don’t let him run away. Telling you that otherwise another Khaki will repeat the same adventure. Recommend

  • Syed
    Jan 15, 2014 - 11:13PM

    A court formed by two aggrieved parties, i.e. Nawaz Sharif and Ch. Iftekhar with the judges who are also aggrieved specially this chap Arab, is looking biased and revengeful to common people like us, then why this is not being observed by the other judges who are claiming to provide justice through this Kangaroo Court?
    Nawaz Sharif is trying to get mixed up with Indian Banias, just to take a higher flight. His whole hearted effort is to please his Indian Business partners. Talking of free trade, visa free borders, reduction of Pakistan Army plus Musharraf’s humiliation is part of “Modi Sharif Agreement”.
    The funniest and most tragic part is that the humiliation of ex Chief of Pakistan Army, in the name of “Ghaddari” is being enjoyed equally by the Indian Hindus and Pakistani politicians and judges. Should we, the general public take it that Pakistan Army Chief did Ghaddari or booted Indian Hindus, Pakistani politicians and judges equally? Recommend

  • Mirza
    Jan 15, 2014 - 11:16PM

    Why would IHC hear this petition on the same day when Mush was supposed to present himself in the special court comprising of three senior HC judges? IHC should hear the petition early and send Mush to the special court. Don’t let him run away like a shameless coward.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Jan 15, 2014 - 11:24PM

    This must be and more imporantly must be seen to be, completely neutral and impartial. If not it will be a replay of the ZAB trial.Recommend

  • Rahat
    Jan 16, 2014 - 12:58AM

    Those who consier Mush coward or appreciate Zardari over him for facing courts needs mental treatment. Better not forget he has returned to face all this. Nobdy is so far that brave. Unfortunately, as was highly expected, he is going through judicial revenge instead of fair trial. If he is guilty, nobody else is innocent.

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  • SHB
    Jan 16, 2014 - 2:40AM

    Why he is afraid of appearing in the court?
    He should be tried on corruption too.
    How he built his palace next to Islamabad? How he bought properties in London?
    He must release his tax returns from 1999 till 2013 . That is the only way to know to know his true income.

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Jan 16, 2014 - 4:40AM

    @Adnan:

    Frm President Musharraf did not come to Pakistan to run away but to stay here. When he was away people were saying he wont come. Mr. Musharraf have proved all wrong. Now he is saying he cam to stay in Pakistan as he is a Pakistani and he has all the right to be wherever he wants to be. Who are we to dictate what he has to do.Recommend

  • SHB
    Jan 16, 2014 - 5:32AM

    @Ahmed Ali Khan:
    Yes, he has every right to stay in Pakistan.
    Could you please tell him to show up in the court and also release his last fourteen yrs tax returns. This way every body will know about his financial strength that how he bought and built these properties. (Palace next to Islamabad, over seas properties in London. One of them his wife just sold few months ago)

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  • Naim
    Jan 16, 2014 - 2:52PM

    @SHB: obviously you have no knowledge,
    Musharraf is a very highly paid international
    speaker,he having been army chief would have been awarded plots,like all army officers are through out their careers,he received income from his book In The Line Of Fire,when he finishes writing part 2 of the book and is published he will receive more money.
    You should address your question to all the corrupt politicians but you won’t.Recommend

  • SHB
    Jan 16, 2014 - 8:02PM

    @Naim:
    Thanks for your comment.
    I have been in the army as officer too so I have some knowledge what are the privileges and benefits.
    If you are sure that he is not corrupt then ask him to release his tax returns for the last 14 yrs. That will show his income when he was president and a speaker . This will show his income from Pakistan and also foreign income.
    Do you know how much is the income or pay of president of Pakistan?Did he pay taxes on this income?
    If president of USA can declare his pay and tax return every yr, why cann’t we know income of president of Pakistan.
    We must learn good things from the west too.
    By the way , president Obama is paid $450,000 per yr ,he has to pay taxes on that amount too. You can google to see his tax returns.
    Since we are talking about Mr Musharraf at this time, I will keep my comment limited to him. Yes, other politicians are corrupt too.
    To me Mr Musharraf is corrupt to the last drop of his blood unless proven other wise.
    If he is not corrupt, he will release his tax returns. If he does not release, then you know the answer, I do not have to tell you. Thanks for reading it.

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