Treason trial: Defence team cross-examines interior secretary

Published: June 25, 2014
Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP/FILE


Former president Pervez Musharraf’s defence team, led by Advocate Farogh Naseem, began cross-examining of the interior secretary, the complainant in the treason case against Musharraf, on Tuesday.

During the hearing, Interior Secretary Shahid Khan said the prime minister did not lodge a complaint against Musharraf but only ordered an investigation. The three-judge special bench, Justice Faisal Arab, resumed hearing of the case.

 “Is there any law that authorises the premier to order the home secretary to file a complaint?” asked Naseem. The secretary replied that he is not aware of such an SRO or law, however, the prime minister as a chief executive can order a probe into any case.

Prosecutor Akram Sheikh raised objections over the defence team’s queries but Justice Faisal Arab overruled the objection, and Sheikh left the courtroom. The cross-examination is still in progress and the court will take up this case today (Wednesday). No additional documentation was carried out after the complaint was filed.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 25th, 2014.

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Reader Comments (3)

  • smbfhs
    Jun 25, 2014 - 10:29AM

    It’s time for the current Govt to correct the state of affairs & care for the whole nation instead of a goose chase that might in the end backfire and burn down its house of cards. What goal are they going to achieve for the nation? How is this distraction benefiting the country? There is 3/4 of the population who don’t care about the “score settling” but want the Govt to pay attention to the more serious issues of the state.


  • Shoaib Mansoor
    Jun 25, 2014 - 1:37PM

    Well done govt. Great achievment… The dictator should and will meet his eventual fate. thats written on walls of his destiny.


  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jun 25, 2014 - 7:17PM

    @Shoaib Mansoor:
    Musarraf is not a dictator but he paved the way to the present democratic set up in Pakistan . He had poured acid in the root of terrorism in Pakistan . The supporter of jehadee mentality not even touch him due to the international support that he still enjoying .


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