Court summons Musharraf on March 31 in high treason case

Musharraf trason

RAWALPINDI: Special court in Islamabad on Tuesday has summoned former president Pervez Musharraf on March 31 for the recording of statement in treason case.


A three-member bench under Justice Mian Mazhar Alim heard the case during which, the prosecutor stated the evidence and other formal proceedings have been done, therefore, the court should now call on Musharraf for his statement.

The judge immediately issued directives to summon the accused in next hearing while former president’s counsel Faisal Chaudhry presented his medical report in the court that raged the panel.

Mian Mazhar expressed resentment and ordered to submit the report through proper channel on which, the lawyer stated that Pakistan Bar Council has announced strike over Shabqadar court blast due to which he was not able to submit the health examination documents.

Enraged judge added that the court can call the culprit at any time for case hearing.

Subsequently, Justice Mian Mazhar issued notice to Pervez Musharraf to appear in court on March 31 and stated that a judicial questionnaire would be presented to him then he would be asked about his statement in defense.

Musharraf faces the death penalty if convicted of charges over his suspension of the constitution and imposition of emergency rule in 2007, when he was trying to extend his tenure.

He governed the country for nearly a decade after the 1999 coup but was forced to step down in 2008 after growing discontent with his rule. He left the country soon after.

Former president returned to Pakistan in March 2013 after years in self-imposed exile, with the hope of running in the national election that was held in May 2013. But he was disqualified from participating in the vote because of his actions while in power and has spent most of his time battling legal cases.