ISLAMABAD - Former President and chief of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf, once again expressed his resolve to face all the cases against him in the courts of law, including the high-treason case against him under Article 6 of the Constitution.
Sources close to Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf brushed aside the impression of his fleeing the country and said that the general was busy finalising the strategy to deal with the high-treason case against him wherein he would likely be indicted on January 1.
Sources in the APML said that Musharraf on Wednesday had a detailed meeting with his legal team and discussed the case filed against him in special court under Article 6.
It was the consensus view of the legal team that the case instituted against him was on flimsy grounds and the bias of PML-N government was evident from so many things including the procedure adopted for the constitution of the case, which was already challenged by his counsels in the special court.
To a question these sources informed that so far they had not moved any formal request to the federal government for removal of Gen (Retd) Musharraf’s name from exit control list (ECL), adding the impression being given in media that he would flee the country to avoid high-treason case against him was totally baseless.
In the meeting with his legal team led by Sharifuddin Pirzada it was decided that initially they would try to object to the very constitution of the special court and the violation of the procedure for filing of the case under Article 6.
The lead counsel representing Musharraf in high treason case is Sharifuddin Pirzada while Dr Khalid Ranjha and Anwar Mansoor Khan would also be part of the legal team.
To a question these sources further said that, however, keeping in view the serious security threats to the life of former president they would expect foolproof security arrangements for Musharraf.
The special court on the previous date of hearing had already directed the registrar to make adequate security arrangements for Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf on next date of hearing when the charge-sheet against him would be read out for him.
Sources in APML said that right now there was no bar on Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf from moving out of the country from Sindh High Court and the matter was referred to the federal government for which they would be required to file a formal request for removal of Musharraf’s name from ECL.
These sources further said that so far no such request was made from Musharraf’s side, which in itself was negation of the rumours about his planning to flee the country.