Court sends notice to Pakistan govt on Musharraf's plea to halt treason trial

Islamabad, Islamabad, Pakistan Dec 17, 2019, 11.30 AM(IST)

FILE PHOTO: Musharraf is facing treason charges in Pakistan for unlawfully suspending the constitution and instituting an emergency rule in November 2007. Photograph:( AFP )

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The Lahore High Court on Monday issued a notice to the federal government on former president Pervez Musharraf's plea urging it to stay the high treason case proceedings pending before a special court in Islamabad.

The Lahore High Court on Monday issued a notice to the federal government on former president Pervez Musharraf's plea urging it to stay the high treason case proceedings pending before a special court in Islamabad.

Musharraf in his application asked the court to declare the proceedings pending before the special court and all actions against him - from initiation of the high treason complaint to the appointment of the prosecutor and constitution of the trial court - as unconstitutional, Dawn News reported.

A single-judge bench comprising Justice Mazahir Ali Akbar Naqvi is expected to announce its verdict in the long-drawn high treason case, despite an earlier Islamabad High Court (IHC) order stopping it from issuing the verdict it had reserved in the case last month.

The IHC's order had come out on November 27 - a day before the special court was set to announce its verdict.

The application was filed through advocates Khawaja Ahmad Tariq Raheem and Azhar Siddique on Saturday (December 14).

The high treason trial of the former leader for clamping the state of emergency on Nov 3, 2007, has been pending since December 2013.
He was booked in the treason case in December 2013.

Musharraf was indicted on March 31, 2014, and the prosecution had tabled the entire evidence before the special court in September the same year. However, due to litigation at appellate forums, the trial of the former military dictator lingered on and he left Pakistan in March 2016.