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.