High Court stops special court verdict on Musharraf treason case

High Court stops special court verdict on Musharraf treason case

Agency News

Islamabad, Nov 27: The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday stopped a special court from issuing its verdict in the high treason case against former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf.

The High Court order came on petitions filed by Musharraf and the interior ministry which had requested it to halt the special court to announce its judgement in the high treason case on November 28.

A three-member bench of the high court, comprising of IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani directed the special court hearing the Musharraf case to admit the arguments of all parties in the case before announcing the ruling. The bench also asked the special court to ensure a fair trial in the case.

The special court had on November 19 concluded the trial proceedings in the high treason case against Musharraf for declaring a state of emergency on November 3, 2007, and had ruled that a verdict would be announced on November 28 on the basis of the available record.

The criminal case against Musharraf, who headed the country from 2001 to 2008, was launched in 2013 over his suspension of the constitution and imposition of an extra-constitutional emergency in November 2007. Musharraf was indicted in 2014, but the trial was suspended due to multiple rounds of litigation at courts of other levels.

In 2016, the Interior Ministry allowed Musharraf to leave the country for medical treatment in the United Arab Emirates, a trip from which he never returned. In 2019, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the tribunal to proceed with the prosecution in the offender's absence. (UNI)