Musharraf treason hearing postponed after judges say court not safe

Published: March 4, 2014
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ISLAMABAD: The three-member bench of the special court was a no-show for the hearing of the treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf, stating that the court was not secure, Express News reported on Tuesday.

Referring to yesterday’s attack inside a district court in Islamabad, the judges told the registrar that the special court was also located in the same city and was not safe, therefore they would not appear in court today.

Due to the absence of the judges, the hearing was postponed to March 5.

Speaking to the media, Musharraf’s advocate Ahmed Raza Kasuri said that the local bar in Islamabad has boycotted all legal proceedings in the city for a week. He stated that Musharraf’s legal team will respect that boycott.

Kasuri further said that when Musharraf missed court hearings due to his concerns regarding security, he was made fun of but yesterday’s attack was an example of the lack of security they were talking about.

On March 4, two suicide bombers and their armed accomplices attacked the district court in Islamabad, killing 11 people, including an additional sessions judge, and injuring over two dozen others.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • Anoni
    Mar 4, 2014 - 10:47AM

    I am deeply sadden by the our martyrdom in the court. I hope the rest of the Judge have the courage to stand up and be counted against those who want to create fear and disallow justice .

    By rational ..
    We just need to see who get benefit from such violent act. I.e Case postpone today should have benefited some one

    . we need to find out who ..

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  • Ayesha
    Mar 4, 2014 - 10:47AM

    ET there is a typo in the last paragraph, the incident happened on 3rd March

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  • Mirza
    Mar 4, 2014 - 10:49AM

    How could the govt and establishment protect the citizens when they cannot even protect the judges and courts? What is the use of a million man army which never stops telling that we are in safe hands and they are ready to face all challenges? This could even be a prelude to give a clean passage to Commando Mushy straight from the hospital to the jet! Nobody can believe that the establishment cannot find a safe house for trial when we had safe houses for all and sundry.Recommend

  • faisal soofi
    Mar 4, 2014 - 11:05AM

    “The free men of Hind ( indian sub continent !)” Ahrar ul Hind ….WTF?? is it safe anywhere, anymore ???

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  • Raza
    Mar 4, 2014 - 11:19AM

    But that was the most likely motive behind this incident to give Ex. General Sahiiiib more time……

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  • Mohammad
    Mar 4, 2014 - 11:42AM

    Few of you need a slap, brained washed people always doubt on Musharraf that he benefitted from this attacked.. How can you think of it for a person who has been your Army Chief and President for several years? Protecting you and Country for 40 years, fought several wars?

    If Musharraf doesn’t want to come to court, no force can bring him to court… it is Musharraf himself who has presented himself to court to shutdown the mouth of those labeling him coward and afraid, taking risk and signing the papers on his own.

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  • shah
    Mar 4, 2014 - 11:42AM

    This should be a reminder why emergency was imposed on 3 Nov 2007, a bogus case which is pursued Musharraf enemies.

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  • SZ
    Mar 4, 2014 - 12:17PM

    its very sad & shocking for all of us here in Islamabad yesterday, a night before we heard on media that “cease-fire” in on now and next day this mayhem happened. My heart cries with families who have lost their love ones for nothing.
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  • daud
    Mar 4, 2014 - 12:27PM

    Well, Musharff and his team had been making lame excuses for a long time and after the attack on Islamabad court they got “golden Opportunity’.

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  • Mar 4, 2014 - 12:50PM

    Sir Musharraf will sail through this tough time.

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  • Last Word
    Mar 4, 2014 - 12:55PM

    The civilian government should disband the army if it cannot protect the citizens, judges including their own Generals, soldiers and allow UN peace-keeping force to control the militancy in Pakistan.Recommend

  • goggi (Lahore)
    Mar 4, 2014 - 3:17PM

    The experiments of peace talks cost only more and more lives of fellow citizens, and further raise questions of state authority and sovereignty!
    The gravest weak point of the ruling class is its irresoluteness to confess, that we are up to our necks embroiled in the most dangerous Guerrilla war!

    I offer my sincere condolences in advance to all the families, whose loved ones shall fall victim of terrorist attacks in the coming days!Recommend

  • Mar 4, 2014 - 4:55PM

    @Anoni:
    Nation indeed needs analyst like you, wowwwwRecommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Mar 4, 2014 - 5:57PM

    The cowards have a good excuse. Keep it copying.

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  • usman786
    Mar 4, 2014 - 6:22PM

    lets shift courts to save heaven like Saudia.

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  • A
    Mar 4, 2014 - 9:03PM

    Lol.. Judiciary seems to be in seeing is believing…. Before this incident they were saying bring Mush to court no matter if he has security threats… But now they start believing once they themselves are victim

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  • Zeeshan
    Mar 4, 2014 - 9:22PM

    The fact of the matter is that with each passing day Musharraf is approaching closer to his logical end. The foremost points that the Law is taking it’s own course without external dictates.
    First the Musharraf’s lawyer tried to implicate the entire Army command but he failed to incite subversion from the prestigious institution.
    Then he kept clamoring, with his loud voice, for help from the West/Saudi but failed.
    He tried to scandalize the judiciary but failed once again.
    The maximum that Musharraf can do is to keep hiding in the hospital at Taxoayers expense. At last, he has no choice but to bow down in front of the rule of law because the doctrine of necessity is buried forever.

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  • Ali
    Mar 5, 2014 - 1:32PM

    The Government should be clever enough and let go off this bogus case and guide Pakistan on the road to safety, prosperity and development. Musharraf did nothing but good for Pakistan and Nawaz Shareef should end this personal vengeance now.

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