ISLAMABAD - The Special Court on Wednesday after hearing the arguments of General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf’s counsel reserved the judgement on the issue of bias and adjourned the case till Friday.
A three-member Special Court headed by Justice Faisal Arab and comprising Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali resumed hearing in the high treason case against former dictator for subverting the constitution while issuing proclamation of emergency rule on 3rd of November 2007.
The court had already reserved judgement on its jurisdiction on whether this court or the military court should hear high treason case against Pervez Musharraf.
During the proceeding, Justice Faisal Arab remarked that the court would formulate the guiding principle, as on what reasons the judges should recuse themselves from hearing the instant case. The accused (Pervez Musharraf) on Tuesday had appeared before the court for the first time, since the case of high treason against him was initiated under Article 6 of the constitution. However, the court deferred the indictment till the decision jurisdiction and transferring the instant trial to military court.
The Friday’s hearing is quite crucial as if the court decides that it is competent to proceed with the trial then it will again summon the accused (Musharraf) and the charge sheet would be read out to him as required in the law. As per Criminal Law Amendment (Special Court) Act, 1976, Pervez Musharraf was to be indicted in the instant case as required under Section 6 2(a) of the Act which reads that as soon as the accused appear or brought before the special court, the formal charges referred to in section 5 will be read and explain to the accused and will be asked whether he is guilty.
COURT RESERVES VERDICT IN PLEA AGAINST MUSH
A local court Wednesday reserved its verdict in a petition seeking registration of case against former president Pervez Musharraf for permitting the United States to carry out drone attacks in which more than 1,600 people have been killed.
Additional district and sessions judge Muhammad Adnan Khan reserved the decision in this matter after the counsels of both the sides concluded their arguments.
The court reserved the decision in an application of Inaam Ghani who moved the court under section 22-A for registration of case against Musharraf. He contended in his application that Musharraf ruled the country for ten years and permitted America to carry out drone attacks in Pakistan while more than 1600 people have been killed in these attacks.
The applicant stated before the court that he submitted an application to the Secretariat Police Station for registration of case against Musharraf but police did not take any action. Therefore, the court sought comments from police which replied that drone attacks were carried out in North Waziristan and other areas which did not fall in the jurisdiction of the police station.