Treason trial: Special court seeks recording of Musharraf’s speech

Nov 2007 emergency-declaring speech to be shown today

Our Correspondent August 07, 2014


In the high treason case, a three-member special court led by Justice Faisal Arab sought the original tape of Musharraf’s emergency speech. The recording will be shown in court on Thursday (today) and matched with the transcript which has been provided as evidence.

During Wednesday’s hearing another top investigator in the former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s treason trial recorded his statement before a three-judge special court led by Justice Faisal Arab.

In his statement, Maqsoodul Hassan – who was part of three-member enquiry committee of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) – provided the court with key details on the seizure of relevant documents regarding November 3, 2007 emergency rule from the cabinet division, prime minister secretariat and law ministry.

“I wrote to former governor Punjab Khalid Maqbool in which he replied that no consultation was made with him before the promulgation of emergency,” he said.

He added that they requested Musharraf to assist the investigation procedure. However, his security advisor Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Ilyas informed them that the former military ruler would not participate in the investigation owing to low-grade fever, the official said.

Custody of official records

Defence counsel Farogh Nasim also filed an application to request the court to assume custody of all official records citing grave lacunae in the registration of the roznamacha, diary and the FIR.

The prosecution side also refuted the defence team’s claim that FIA has the authority to amend or tamper with the official record. The prosecutor in the case said that there is no procedure of roznamacha, diary and registration of FIR in the agency.

The court has issued a notice and asked the prosecutor to file a written reply. The prosecutor will submit a written reply today.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th,2014.


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