The special court constituted to try former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf for high treason adjourned the matter till today (Friday) saying the order issued for indicting him on March 14 stood intact.
The three judge court headed by Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court heard the case today against the ex-army strongman. During the hearing, Justice Arab remarked that the order to produce Musharraf in court on March 14 remained intact.
Meanwhile, Musharraf’s counsel, Anwar Mansoor, told the court he was not feeling well, adding that there was no chance of his recovery even by Friday.
Responding to which, Justice Arab said the court could not coerce anyone to give arguments in a case. He added that presenting an argument was the defence counsel’s prerogative. The judge added that the court could not stop the proceedings of the case even if Mansoor did not present his arguments for a month or two.
The court ordered Musharraf’s production before it and subsequently adjourned the hearing of the case.
During the course of hearing, Musharraf’s lawyer Anwar Mansoor told the Special court that he suffered from food poisoning and there was no chance that he would recover and be able to present his arguments on Friday.
Justice Arab replied that they cannot force him to present his arguments but the court would not stop proceedings for this reason.
Still out of court, meanwhile for the second day this week, member of Musharraf’s legal team Rana Ijaz Ahmed Khan was not allowed to enter the courtroom.
The court had asked security officials to cancel Ijaz’s entry pass for his contemptuous behaviour and derogatory remarks about special court judges during proceedings on March 11 when he had called the court a “slaughterhouse”.
Ijaz told the media that it was his right to enter the court and defend his client, but he was not being allowed to do so.
Later on the court directives Spy agencies gave an in-camera briefing at the Sindh House in Islamabad to special court judges regarding security threats to the former president.
The court had decided to ask heads of the country’s top spy agencies to give a briefing over the authenticity of the threat alert issued by the interior ministry, which stated that there could be a possible attack on Musharraf by al Qaeda and TTP.
The heads of intelligence agencies, including the director-general of the ISI, briefed the court about its security alert that warned of militants lining up Musharraf convoy’s route from AFIC to special court premises in an attempt to target him.
Officials from the interior ministry were also present at the briefing.