The special court’s three-member bench headed by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth on Thursday (Dec 5) adjourned the hearing of high treason case against former president General (R) Pervez Musharraf. The verdict on high treason case will be announced on December 17.
Prosecutor Ali Zia Bajwa informed the court that he and Munir Bhatti was appointed for the case but get notified on Wednesday evening at 4 pm. Lawyers present from the new prosecution team informed the court that they needed more time to prepare for the case. In response to this, Justice Seth remarked they needed to put other cases aside and work on this one.
Justice Nazar Akbar added that four days were more than enough to prepare the case. Prosecutor Ali Zia Bajwa, after taking the stand, told the court there was a lot of pressure on them. Justice Seth said that no postponement will be given and an order in writing should be submitted stating that arguments would be completed by December 17. The court then adjourned the hearing till December 17.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had filed the treason case against Musharraf over the president’s imposition of extra-constitutional emergency in November 2007.He was booked in the treason case in December 2013 and was indicted by a special court in March 2014, but he left for Dubai in 2016 to “seek medical treatment” and has not returned since.
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