Petitions of Musharraf field against formation of court, nomination of judges, registration of treason case & biasedness of judges rejected

Petitions of Musharraf field against formation of court, nomination of judges, registration of treason case & biasedness of judges rejected

rumalISLAMABAD: Special Court has rejected four petitions of Parvez Musharraf filed against the formation of court, nomination of judges, registration of treason case and biasedness of judges. The court rejected all objections filed by the former military ruler on the grounds that the applications do not fulfill the criteria of merit. Court has summoned Parvez Musharraf on 11th March for indictment in high treason case.

Three-member bench Special Court headed by Justice Faisal Arab and comprising Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali Khan announced the verdict on the petitions of Musharraf. Lawyers for the former general had filed three applications challenging the appointment of the head of the prosecution team, the establishment and jurisdiction of the special court accusing its judges of bias against Musharraf. The court will hear the arguments on the plea challenging the appointment of the prosecutor Akam Sheikh on next hearing of the case.

The lawyers of Musharraf had submitted applications alleging that two judges of the court, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Yawar Ali, are biased towards their client. During the hearing, lead judge, Justice Faisal Arab, read out the 27-page verdict, which had been reserved earlier on Feb 18.

Following the hearing, Justice Arab said the three-member tribunal had dismissed Musharraf’s objections. The special court held that the applications filed by the former dictator do not fulfill the criteria of merit therefore these are rejected. The verdict says that the special court was set up according the law and is enjoy authority to hear the treason case Musharraf.

The court said that the proofs regarding the consultation of civil and army officials for imposing emergency on November 3rd, 2007 are limited and court could announce verdict on the matter during the trial if sufficient proofs were provided. The court also said that the issuing verdict at the current moment on the matter of enforcement of treason act from past, adding that at the moment the court is not issuing any verdict.

Now the court will hear the case on 11th of this month in which Musharraf will be indicted on the charges of high treason. The charge sheet against Musharraf on charges of treason would be read out.

He was first ordered to appear before the tribunal on Dec 24, but has missed repeated hearings since then due to bomb scares and health problems that saw him complain of a heart ailment.

Musharraf became the first former army chief to come before court when he appeared on February 18, in a case that is seen as a test of civilian rule over the country s powerful army.

Musharraf has endured a torrid time since returning to Pakistan in March last year on an ill-fated mission to run in the general election.

Almost as soon as he landed he was barred from contesting the vote and hit with a barrage of legal cases dating back to his 1999-2008 rule.

The 70-year old is also facing three other high-profile cases which include his alleged involvement in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti and the case relating to the murder of Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Rasheed Ghazi during the army operation on the mosque in 2007.

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