Special Court has ordered Interior Secretary Shahid Khan , the complainant of high treason case against former president general (retd) Parvez Musharraf, to record his statement in the case on May 22. Meanwhile, all the witnesses refused any consultation with Musharraf regarding imposition of the emergency.
During hearing of the high treason case against former president general (retd) Pervez Musharraf here on Wednesday, the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) presented its investigation report in the Special Court
The report was presented before three-member bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab. The bench had ordered FIA to provide its enquiry report to the accused.
During the hearing of the case, the interior ministry handed over the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) report consisting on 237 pages and other documents to the prosecutor on Wednesday during hearing of former president Pervez Musharraf’s treason case.
The report states that there was no record found from the Defence Ministry or GHQ in regards to imposing emergency. Also included in the report are statements from witnesses.
The then Governor of Punjab Khalid Maqbool and Governor Sindh Dr Ishratul Ebad in their written statements said the prime minister and governors were not consulted before emergency was imposed.
Former Secretary Cabinet Division Masood Alam in his statement said that no cabinet meeting was held regarding imposing emergency.
The then Attorney General Malik Qayyum said Pervez Musharraf had not held any consultations with him about emergency being imposed, saying that Sharifuddin Pirzada and Ahmed Raza Kasuri were close to the former president.
After the report was submitted Prosecutor Akram Sheikh submitted a list of ten witnesses to be called during proceedings.
Musharraf’s counsel insisted that Defence Secretary Shahid Khan should be included on the list of witnesses.
During proceedings Justice Faisal Arab remarked that the Defence Secretary will be the first to record his statement and if he fails to appear in the court they case may be dismissed. The court adjourned hearing of the case till May 22.
According to report it was proved that Musharraf imposed November 3rd 2007 emergency as army chief. Meanwhile all witnesses refused any consultation with Musharraf regarding imposition of emergency.
According to report no record of imposition of emergency was found from GHQ and defence ministry.
The FIA report contained 237 pages containing statements of 24 witnesses, with 11 pages of Joint Investigation Team report over former army chief’s steps.
Musharraf’s defence counsel, Barrister Farogh Naseem said that the report will help him defend his client in the legal battle.
According to the report, no meeting of the Federal Cabinet was held to decide imposition of emergency rule in 2007, contrary to Musharraf’s claim. Rather, it said Musharraf’s close aides refused to be part of any consultation for the emergency.
Musharraf has been banned from leaving Pakistan as the federal government has refused to remove his name from the Exit Control List (ECL).
He faces the death penalty if convicted of the charges, under Article 6 of the Constitution. It is pertinent to know that Musharraf is also on bail in three other major cases linked to his time