Musharraf challenges court order to form commission to record his statement in treason case

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PTI Pakistan Nov 12, 2018, 08.15 PM (IST)

Pakistan's former military dictator general (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Monday challenged an order of a special court to form a Commission to record his statement in the high treason case against him, according to a media report.

The 75-year-old former army chief, who currently stays in Dubai, was indicted in the case in March 2014.

The special court on October 15 ordered that Musharraf's statement in the case would be recorded through a commission. 

The former president challenged the order of the special court in the Islamabad High Court. In his petition, Musharraf stated that the formation of the commission by the special court to record the statement was alien to Pakistan's criminal procedure and unprecedented, Geo News reported.

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had filed the treason case against Musharraf over the imposition of extra-constitutional emergency in November 2007.

On March 18, 2016, Musharraf left Pakistan for Dubai for medical treatment.

A few months later, the special court had declared him a proclaimed offender and ordered the confiscation of his property owing to his no-show in the case. 

Later, on the orders of the Supreme Court, Musharraf's passport and identity card were also cancelled since he failed to return to the country despite a last chance.