Islamabad, Oct 16: The former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf declined to record his statement in a treason case via video link on Monday.
A special court ordered the formation of a judicial commission that will go abroad to record his statement in accordance with Section 342 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, reported Dawn. Musharraf's lawyer told a special court bench comprising Justice Yawar Ali, Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Nazar Akbar that his client was was unable to record his statement via video link since he is indisposed.
Justice Ali asked the lawyer whether Musharraf had been diagnosed with cancer, to which the counsel responded that the former military ruler had been diagnosed with heart problems.
"He says he is not a coward. He wishes to appear before the court himself and present the evidence in his defence," the lawyer added.
Subsequently, the court decided to order the formation of a judicial commission that will travel abroad in order to record Musharraf's statement in the case.
The members of the commission and its scope will be decided later, the bench maintained, adding that if anyone had objections, they could challenge the formation of the commission before the high court. The case was adjourned until Nov 14. (UNI)