The Supreme Court’s three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Asif Saeed Khosa on Thursday (March 7) during the hearing of Lahore High Court Bar Association’s review petition on high treason proceedings against former army chief and president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, inquired what measured the government had taken to call back Musharraf to the country.
CJP Khosa said “It was said that the court allowed him to go abroad, but the government and not the court permitted him to. The court had left it to the government, the court order did not state that Musharraf be sent abroad”. “If Musharraf does not come back then his statement can be recorded via video link. If he still does not record his statement via video link, then it will be understood that he has denied the charges and the special court can write ‘denied’ in front of all his statements,” Justice Khosa said.
“Should the government become hostage to a suspect? If a suspect does not appear, then does the court become helpless? The special court was directed to take immediate steps,” he continued. The bench stated that a high treason case has been registered against Musharraf and a special court was formed for his trial. “The trail has been halted because Musharraf is not in the country.”
“Everyone is equal before the law. The attorney general should apprise us of the measures taken by the government for Musharraf’s return,” the chief justice said. “We will not keep irrelevant cases under trial and pending. You will be happy to hear that in the last one and a half month, pending cases have been reduced by 2,000.”
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17 November, 2019