Pakistan: Musharraf treason case adjourned to Jan 16

9th Jan 2014


ISLAMABAD, (Dawn): A special court set up in the federal capital to try former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf for treason charges reserved its decision until 2 pm today on a medical report of the former president and adjourned the next hearing of the case to Jan 16,  DawnNews reported.

A three-member bench of the special court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, resumed the hearing during which lawyers, prosecutors and Musharraf’s counsel contended before the bench.

Advocate Akram Sheikh presented his arguments over the medical report and said that the former president was not bed-ridden and had met his lawyers yesterday while he was being shifted from the Internal Care Unit (ICU) to the ward.

The prosecutor requested that Musharraf’s medical report should be disregarded and that he should be summoned to the court.

He added that there was no mention of Musharraf’s absence in the report.

Musharraf’s counsel Ilyas Siddiqui presented the ex-army strongman’s medical report in the court along with  a list of people who had undertaken medical treatment abroad on public expenditure.

Moreover, he also submitted an application stating that the former president was suffering from a heart ailment due to which he could not appear before the court and requested for exemption to be granted to his client from appearing for the hearing.

The court accepted the application and adjourned the hearing to Jan 16.

Following the hearing, Musharraf’s counsel Ahmed Raza Kasuri spoke to media representatives outside the court and expressed reservations over making the former president’s report public. He claimed that an individual’s right of privacy in the Constitution was violated.


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