Citing political unrest, Musharraf requests deferral of high treason case

Published: August 25, 2014
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Former dictator Pervez Musharraf request the Special Court to adjourn his trial for two weeks, given the political instability in Islamabad. PHOTO: REUTERS

Former dictator Pervez Musharraf request the Special Court to adjourn his trial for two weeks, given the political instability in Islamabad. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf’s lawyer petitioned on Monday the special court constituted to try him for high treason to adjourn his trial for two weeks.

As the court resumes Musharraf’s case on Tuesday, Farogh Nasim, Musharraf’s chief counsel, filed a petition stating that the state of affairs of the capital has been most precarious for the last two weeks.

“It is not fitness of things to precisely lay down as to what is transpiring these days at the Red Zone, as the predicament is so well known and widely reported in printed and electronic media so as to be recapitulated,” the request read.

The application stated that the Red Zone, a high-security area in Islamabad that consists of Parliament House, the diplomatic enclave and other important buildings, is so choked that free and uninterrupted access in to, and out of the Federal Shariat Court is not possible.

Apart from the logistical issue, Musharraf’s lawyers expressed apprehension that mobs pose a threat to both people and the premises.

“The trial is not a routine case as it is the one and only case which is being heard by the special court,” the application claimed. “The repercussions and consequences attached to the case are very serious, requiring peace of mind not only for the case pre-petition but also for the travel to the court.”

The application alleged that the political situation cannot be controlled by anybody, least of all the court or the defendant.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • sabi
    Aug 25, 2014 - 3:59PM

    Ok we will acquit you from treason trail but charge you for yet another treason case for conspiring against democracy with fake leaders.Pakistan is not a joke but you people have made it a joke now is the time to break the nexus to get peace in this country.Oktober is just few weeks away’.

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  • Sadaf
    Aug 25, 2014 - 4:19PM

    Sharp Indeed….all this is happening just bcuz of u. Now u want case adjournment!! Indeed u are trying to escape and want the case to be ended without being processed

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  • Blithe
    Aug 25, 2014 - 4:31PM

    Goes to show IK’s real motives and those who move the puppet strings

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  • Zaka
    Aug 25, 2014 - 4:37PM

    This trial is nothing but a joke. The Badsha himself is in great trouble now.Recommend

  • Parvez
    Aug 25, 2014 - 4:48PM

    …..and Pakistan comes first ?

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  • Think Tank
    Aug 25, 2014 - 5:12PM

    Till the time I am writing this, I have not read the article but the caption under the picture. Change the word dictator. He is our former President and deserves respect. You people only give respect to looters of the country not the one who is devoted.

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  • Asad
    Aug 25, 2014 - 5:30PM

    NS must think what he had committed before coming into power.

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  • immortal_soloist
    Aug 25, 2014 - 6:30PM

    I see a bunch of delusional people on this article blaming Pervez Musharraf for the current unrest. You guys are not only out of your minds but also are obsessed in getting a true visionary and patriot like Pervez Musharraf in trouble due to your own misunderstandings and misinformation. He has nothing to do with the current unrest,right now the government in power has shown all signs of Monarchy and is not even close to democratic.

    If someone or two individuals are trying to break the status quo and are wanting to bring justice,and sir Pervez Musharraf is supporting the good cause;then how does it make him responsible for the current mess?!

    People are tiered of being ruled by looters and criminals that belong to the PMLN and PPP,it is time for a real change.

    People speaking against Musharraf loved to be governed by incompetent and corrupt politicians and insult the one and only man that made Pakistan in to a prosperous and progressive country.

    Long live Pervez Musharraf.

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  • Saira
    Aug 25, 2014 - 7:08PM

    @sabi: You are crying about adjournment. Don’t you know about Asghar Khan case And what do u think about your cowered leaders who have no courage to face FIR in model town incident.

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  • SHN
    Aug 25, 2014 - 8:12PM

    Long Live Musharraf. May Allah grant Pakistan’s greatest leader freedom soon.

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  • Shahid
    Aug 25, 2014 - 8:33PM

    If people are still against Musharraf then I pray God that Pakistan be always ruled by Nawaz and Zardari which people deserve.

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