ISLAMABAD- Former president Pervez Musharraf has been indicted in the treason case, under hearing by the special court today.
Musharraf is accused of treason under Article 6 for suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution, imposing an emergency in the country in November 2007 and detaining judges of the superior courts. The former president has rejected all the charges levelled against him. “Whatever I did, I did for the country and its people. I am sad that I am being called a traitor,” stated Musharraf, claiming that he made Pakistan a respectable country during his tenure.
A three-member bench, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, is hearing the treason case today. There have been 35 hearings for the case so far of which Musharraf has only attended one. During today’s hearing, Pervez Musharraf has said, “He does not expect justice from present rulers.” Musharraf also said that he gave 44 years of his life to Pakistan Army and made defense invincible, adding that he gave repute and progress to this country, does it mean treason?
During the hearing, Musharraf’s newly-appointed lawyer Dr Farogh Nasim requested the Special Court to not indict Musharraf today and allow him to travel abroad to visit his ailing mother. Dr Nasim is Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) senator and has represented the party in many legal battles. The MQM Senator told the court that former president’s mother was seriously ill and Musharraf needed to be there with her. He said the Constitution did not allow anyone to restrict the movements of a citizen. Naseem said Musharraf had arrived in court voluntarily, adding that the warrant against his client had not been implemented. Naseem moreover said that his client himself was unwell and that Musharraf’s proper treatment was only possible in the United States.
Earlier, Musharraf had requested permission to visit his mother, Zahra Musharraf, in Dubai despite having to be in cout on March 31, 2014 for a hearing – but this request had been dismissed. Security measures at the Special Court were beefed up in anticipation of Musharraf’s appearance in court today, in compliance with an order issued on March 14,2014 demanding his presence – enforced or voluntary – in the dock.
Islamabad police had covered their bases; a four-member committee was formed to escort the former president from the AFIC – where he has been admitted since January 2, 2014 – to court. Security passes were issued to a select few only and a police team was formed to arrest the retired general and bring him to court in the event that he refuses to appear voluntarily. Earlier the court had issued a non-bailable arrest warrant for the retired general if he failed to appear in court on March 31, 2014.