ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Counsel of Pervez Musharraf has requested the Supreme Court of Pakistan to form a larger bench in the hearing of petitions seeking high treason proceedings against the former military ruler; meanwhile Justice Jawwad Khawaja in his remarks said that if the judges have prejudice then we have to import judges from Kabul. Justice Jawwad said that the importance of case is not due to Parvez Musharraf but it is due to proceedings of article six of the constitution.
A three-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Jawad S Khwaja and comprising Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Kustice Ijaz Afzal Khan heard the petitions seeking to initiate treason trial against Musharraf.
Malik Qamar Afzal, counsel of Pervez Musharraf, in his arguments said that it is an important historical case of the country and thus all the legal demands should be fulfilled impartially in it.
He asked that a larger bench should be set up to hear this case because it is related to article 6 of the constitution.
During the hearing, Justice Jawad S Khwaja remarked the court would review it whether article 6 could be applied or not in this case.
The court had already rejected pleas for the constitution of a full bench and instead added a judge to the previously formed two-member bench that was hearing the case against Musharraf.
Replying to Musharraf’s counsel, Justice Khawaja said the bench was expanded on the request of Ibrahim Satti, another lawyer representing Musharraf.
But Qamar Afzal urged the court to reconsider his plea on the ground that the trial should be seen to be conducted in a free and fair manner.
Responding to which, Justice Khawaja said the trial was not important simply because Musharraf was involved in it, adding that its focus was Article 6 of the Constitution. The lawyer of the Parvez Musharraf raised objection against Justice Khawaja, adding that it is evident from an interview of Justice Khawaja that he had resigned just in favor of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. Justice Jawwad said that it was the responsibility of the court to protect the rights of Parvez Musharraf. Justice Jawwad said that the court will provide justice all the people, adding that the head of the country and common man of the country are equally before the law. The court adjourned the further hearing of the case till Monday.