ISLAMABAD: FIA instruct to provide enquiry report to Musharraf

The Special Court hearing case of high treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf told the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to provide its inquiry report to the accused.

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A three-member bench, led by Justice Faisal Arab, resumed hearing of the high-profile case today in Islamabad and directed the FIA to complete the job of handing over of the joint investigation report by May 14. The report is prepared by the agency on steps taken by Pervez Musharraf during his convention.

All relevant documents, testimonials and copies of witnesses would be supplied to the former military ruler had sought access to the report for his defense in the legal battle.

Musharraf has been cast out from leaving Pakistan as the federal regime has declined to withdraw his name from the Exit Control List (ECL).

The previous military ruler is nowadays in Karachi. He came in the city from Islamabad last month to undergo some diagnostic tests in Pakistan Navy’s hospital, PNS Shifa.

The 70-year-old Musharraf was indicted in March on charges pertaining to his imposition of emergency rule in late 2007.

The ex-general, who seized power in 1999 and resigned in 2008, has pleaded “not guilty” to the treason charges. He confronts the death penalty if convicted of the cares, under Article 6 of the Constitution.

Musharraf is also on bail in three other major cases related to his time in power, including the assassination of PPP leader Benazir Bhutto in a gun and suicide attack and murder of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2006.

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