high treason case:Pervez Musharraf challenges special court’s decision in High Court
Former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf has filed a petition in Lahore High Court (LHC) challenging the special court’s decision to reserve its verdict of high treason case against him. Musharraf’s counsel, Khwaja Ahmed Tariq Rahim, approached the high court on his client’s behalf, contending that the reserving of the verdict on November 19 was “unconstitutional and void”. It was pleaded that the impugned order from that date is suspended and that “the trial in absentia being conducted against the petitioner” be stayed until his physical appearance before the court.
“I am ailing and staying in a foreign country for medical treatment,” the petitioner said.
“I could not be able to present my stance in the special court due to my illness,” he further said.
The former president pleaded for revision of the case as per the judgments of the Supreme Court and suspension of the special court’s decision about reserving the verdict in the high treason case against him.
Musharraf also sought the court order for postponement of the hearing of the case till he recovers to health. Additionally, the petition has argued that the federation of Pakistan and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) “be directed to conduct a proper and unbiased investigation including the names of all alleged aiders and abettors for the proper appreciation of facts and evidence at trial”.
It has also pleaded that the petitioner is granted his “constitutional right to a fair trial and audience in the instant trial” according to the law. Musharraf’s petition has requested that an independent medical board “at the expense of the petitioner” be constituted to assess his present medical condition.
The court has fixed the petition for a hearing on November 25. Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi will preside over the proceedings.