A two-member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Jawad S Khawaja and comprising Justice Justice Khilji Arif Hussain on Tuesday conducted hearing of the case against the general (retd ) seeking his trial under Article 6 of the Constitution for imposing the state of emergency in 2007 and registration of high treason case against Pervez Musharraf.
The bench directed lawyer of Pervez Musharraf, Ahmed Raza Kasuri to file reply on the petitions till 15 April in the ongoing treason case against Pervez Musharraf.
Justice Jawad S Khawaja said that court has no concern that a Pandora box would be opened with this case, adding that the court will provide equal opportunity to all parties for presenting their case.
During the hearing no one appeared on behalf of law ministry or federal govt. Pervez Musharraf did not personally appear in court and was represented by Advocate Ahmed Raza Kasuri.
Ahmed Raza Kasuri sought from the court six weeks’ time for Pervez Musharraf to submit his response and said that Pervez Musharraf would reply to every point raised against him, adding that certain hidden names would be revealed in the response.
It is worth mentioning here that the Supreme Court has been hearing five identical petitions against Pervez Musharraf seeking his trial under article 6 of the Constitution for imposing the state of emergency in 2007.
During the hearing, Ahmed Raza Kasuri said that Pervez Musharraf has returned to take the country of present crisis, adding that Interpol had also rejected demands to issue warrants against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
Ahmed Raza Kasuri said that this is a unique case in which very crucial constitutional issues will come under discussion. It was for this reason; he sought six-week time to submit the reply in this case. But the court did not agree with Ahmed Raza Kasuri’s argument.
During proceedings of the treason case against the former president, the apex court stated that no stay order regarding political activity had been issued.
Pervez Musharraf’s lawyer, Ahmed Raza Kasuri argued that the case was being pursued hurriedly and hastily to which Justice Jawad S Khawaja replied that it had been ongoing for four years.
Ahmed Raza Kasuri contended that General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani’s name was also included in the PCO but he was not issued a notice.
Upon this, the bench said that the court can issue notices to only those who have been made parties in the petitions, adding that if such notices were issued it would open a Pandora box.
Ahmed Raza Kasuri and the petitioners said that they want the Pandora box to be opened and the court said that it can not give much time and then the court granted six days’ time to counsel of Pervez Musharraf to submit his response on behalf of the former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
The court expressed annoyance over non-appearance of the representatives of the ministry of law and federation.
The Court adjourned hearing over the treason case against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf till April 15.
Meanwhile, General (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s Facebook account quoted him as saying, “I have directed my panel of eminent lawyers to forcefully represent me in the Supreme Court of Pakistan tomorrow… These cases do not frighten me and I will fight all the cases in the court of law!”
Earlier on Monday, the bench had directed Musharraf to appear before it today (on Tuesday) to face charges of high treason and also barred him from leaving the country. Musharraf said he would not appear personally in the Supreme Court on Tuesday due to security issue.
It is pertinent to mention here that this is the first time in the country’s history that the Supreme Court has summoned a former military ruler over allegations of misconduct.