RAWALPINDI – An anti-terrorism court on Saturday called from the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) the details of independent sources of income of Sahiba Musharraf, the spouse of former president and retired army general Pervez Musharraf.
Through her counsel Ilyas Siddiqi, Sahiba, in her petition, submitted that the trial court’s decision that her husband was a proclaimed offender in the BB murder case was wrong. She requested that the decision be reversed and the joint accounts be de-freezed. FIA’s prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar contended that only a proclaimed offender, after getting bail, could ask for the reopening of bank accounts. He added that even the four joint accounts could not be reopened, as the applicant had no independent means of income while she was dependent on her husband.
Zulfiqar argued that the money contained in the accounts was earned by the former president who had been declared a PO by the ATC.
Regarding the seizure of a farmhouse in Chak Shahzad, Islamabad, the FIA prosecutor said that the property could not be detached, as the farmhouse had never been owned by Sahiba Musharraf.
“The gift deed presented by her was actually registered after the property was attached. The ownership has not so far been changed in the records of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), added the prosecutor.
The court, however, deferred the case until October 13, after the defense lawyers cross-examined the two prosecution witnesses in the BB murder case.
The prosecution witnesses included District Headquarters Hospital (DHQ) Dr Amjad Ali, who did postmortem of the 23 deceased other than Benazir Bhutto on December 27 2007, and Muhammad Saqlain, an official of the bomb disposal squad.