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Govt, not the courtroom, allowed Musharraf to depart nation: SC | Pakistan

High courtroom summons report from particular courtroom concerning delay in excessive treason case in opposition to Musharraf. Picture: File

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court docket on Thursday sought a report from the particular courtroom concerning the delay within the excessive treason case in opposition to former military chief and president Basic (retd) Pervez Musharraf and sought a reply from the federal government concerning measures taken for his return to the nation.

A 3-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa heard a Lahore Excessive Court docket Bar Affiliation’s evaluate petition on excessive treason proceedings in opposition to Musharraf.

Because the listening to went underneath method, CJP Khosa remarked, “Petitioner Taufeeq Asif mentioned Musharraf is just not within the nation and the trial has been halted.”

CJP Khosa inquired what measured the federal government had taken to name again Musharraf to the nation. “It was mentioned that the courtroom allowed him to go overseas, however the authorities and never the courtroom permitted him to. The courtroom had left it to the federal government, the courtroom order didn’t state that Musharraf be despatched overseas,” the highest decide added.

“If Musharraf doesn’t come again then his assertion may be recorded through video hyperlink. If he nonetheless doesn’t document his assertion through video hyperlink, then will probably be understood that he has denied the fees and the particular courtroom can write ‘denied’ in entrance of all his statements,” Justice Khosa mentioned.

“Ought to the federal government grow to be hostage to a suspect? If a suspect doesn’t seem, then does the courtroom grow to be helpless? The particular courtroom was directed to take quick steps,” he continued.

The bench acknowledged {that a} excessive treason case has been registered in opposition to Musharraf and a particular courtroom was shaped for his trial. “The path has been halted as a result of Musharraf is just not within the nation.”

Report sought from particular courtroom registrar

The bench then sought a report from the particular courtroom registrar concerning delay within the case. Directing the particular courtroom registrar to submit the report inside 15 days, the bench mentioned the registrar ought to give causes for delay within the trial.

The courtroom additionally issued notices to the federal authorities and all respondents within the case. The lawyer normal has been directed to submit a reply on behalf of the federal authorities and seem in individual for the following listening to.

“Everyone seems to be equal earlier than the legislation. The lawyer normal ought to apprise us of the measures taken by the federal government for Musharraf’s return,” the chief justice mentioned.

“We won’t preserve irrelevant circumstances underneath trial and pending. You may be completely satisfied to listen to that within the final one and a half month, pending circumstances have been lowered by 2,000.” 

Excessive treason case

The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) authorities had filed the treason case in opposition to Musharraf over the president’s imposition of extra-constitutional emergency in November 2007.

Final month, head of the prosecution, Mohammad Akram Sheikh, tendered his resignation. In his resignation letter despatched to the inside secretary, Sheikh expressed his lack of ability to proceed with the case after the upcoming change of presidency on the centre.

Sheikh was appointed as the top of the prosecution within the case in November 2013, by the then-PML-N led authorities. 

The previous military chief was indicted within the case in March 2014 after he appeared earlier than the courtroom and rejected all prices.

On March 18, 2016, the previous president left Pakistan for Dubai for medical remedy after his title was faraway from the Exit Management Listing on the orders of the Supreme Court docket.

A number of months later, the particular courtroom had declared him a proclaimed offender and ordered the confiscation of his property owing to his no-show.

Later, on orders of the Supreme Court docket, Musharraf’s passport and id card have been additionally cancelled since he did not return to the nation regardless of a final probability. 


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