Special Court requested to put Musharraf’s treason case on ‘fast track’

MAMOSA Report — Pakistan government has requested the special court (SC) to proceed high treason case against former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf on early basis.

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf (AFP Photo)

The three-member special court presided by Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Yahya Afridi with Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali as members has been hearing the case.

Akram Sheikh, head of the prosecution team, has moved an application in pursuance of SC orders dated March 31 in which it directed the prosecution to submit written synopsis on the issues sought to be raised in the instant matter, a local media outlet reported.

The application stated that Musharraf who had been seeking adjournments had finally stopped appearing in this matter so as to impede the course of the proceedings.

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The application also read that despite the court’s directions to appear before it, the former president traveled abroad for his medical checkup.

The prosecution added that Musharraf moved an application to assure the special court that he would be back whenever required by the court, adding that he had consistently held throughout the trial that he would return to face the trial as soon as his medical treatment was completed.

“It is evident from both the record and behavior of the accused (Musharraf) that the accused is not ill and that furthermore his absence has been brought about by himself to impede the course of justice,” it added.

“Under Section 9 of the Criminal Law Amendment (Special Court) Act, 1976, this Honorable Court is required to proceed with the trial and not grant any adjournment for any purpose unless it is of the opinion that the adjournment is necessary in the interest of justice,” the application stated.

Real culprits behind Dawn leaks should get exposed: Musharraf

Former president and Chairman All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) Pervez Musharraf, while expressing his opinion about Dawn Leaks report, said that national security should not be compromised at any cost.

“Dawn Leaks is an issue regarding the breach of national security and it is mandatory for the government to bring forth real facts to the surface and also to apprise that what action taken against the culprits.”

In a statement released from the APML central media cell, Musharraf said that the nation should come to know that who among the present inside a confidential meeting leaked the disputed information. National security is primary importance and it cannot be compromised at any cost.

“There is a national concern about the leakage of said news and it is due right of the people of Pakistan to know that what action has been taken against the culprits.”

The federal government is sacrificing some scapegoats trying to shield the real culprits, he said. “Whosoever leaked this report is an enemy of this country.”

Musharraf demanded the government to make the report public in the interest of the country.

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