General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. — File photo

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned hearing over the treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf until April 15, DawnNews reported.

A two-judge bench of the apex court, comprising Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard the case against the retired general seeking his trial under Article 6 of the Constitution for imposing the state of emergency in 2007.

The court rejected the request seeking the arrest of the former military ruler.

Musharraf did not personally appear in court and was represented by Advocate Ahmed Raza Kasuri.

Kasuri sought from the court six weeks' time from Musharraf to submit his response and said that Musharraf would reply to every point raised against him adding that certain hidden names would be revealed in the response.

The bench replied that it did not mind the pandora box to be opened and granted six days' time to submit his response, adjourning the hearing until April 15.

No one representing the federal government was present during the hearing.

Talking to media personnel prior to the hearing, Attorney General of Pakistan (AG) Irfan Qadir said that he would perform his duties according to the constitution during the case.

Musharraf’s Facebook account quoted him as saying that:  “I have directed my panel of eminent lawyers to forcefully represent me in the Supreme Court of Pakistan tomorrow. These cases do not frighten me and I will fight all the cases in the court of law!”

Earlier on Monday, the bench had directed Musharraf to appear before it today (on Tuesday) to face charges of high treason and also barred him from leaving the country.

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Uza Syed
April 9, 2013 7:52 am
Stop witch hunting. Don't convert our Supreme Court into a 'kangroo court'. It is a court of law and not some infamous den of mafiosos settling personal vendettas. So, please!
April 9, 2013 7:59 am
iss bench ko qarz utaro mulk sanwaro jaisee azeem treason nazar nahin atee ..
April 9, 2013 8:04 am
Mr Musharraf should realize that he is no longer in uniform and nor he is the president of the country.In addition he does not have public support.He should tone down his opinion while defending the case.This is called MAKAFAT E AMAL.He arrested JUDGES and now appearing before the same judges as an accuser.
April 9, 2013 8:11 am
How can supreme court takes such an action on over petitions filed by anyone. The constitution clearly defines that this is the responsibility of the federation only!!!
M. S. Alvi
April 9, 2013 8:31 am
You are right. The SC is becoming police man in this case. It is vendetta.
April 9, 2013 8:41 am
Here we have a SC that wants to be jack of all. It considers itself to be a defacto govt 'elected by Long march'. They are very Keen on opening certein polticial cases against certain politicians or parties.
Michael Malcolm
April 9, 2013 8:49 am
Let the law of the constitution apply and those who filed petition against Mushraff either are ignorant of the law or they are deliberately trying to force the issue. High Court Justice cannot be influenced. Let the Pandora Box open if the so called treason case is not thrown out. Mushraff is no coward. Before he came back he said he will face the court and he is doing so now. The saying is " If you speak the truth you will not forget" GOD be with him Inshallah.
April 9, 2013 8:50 am
Here, we are talking about Pakistan. Anything is possible.
Syed M Ahmed
April 9, 2013 9:04 am
Because the Federation is now in Care-Taker mode and therefore it can waive its responsibility until the election of a new Government. Also, Musharaff is no fool. He has not come back to Pakistan without guarantees. You will see PML(N) & Nawaz Sharif will do nothing regarding Musharaf. Nawaz Sharif was summoned to Saudi Arabia before Musharaff came back and a deal was struck. PPP will do nothing because Musharaff helped PPP come to power. And as it is the Army will never allow one of its own to be insulted by the civilian government.
April 9, 2013 9:06 am
It is a vendetta case.
Syed M Ahmed
April 9, 2013 9:08 am
Supreme Court did not initate this case. This is not SuoMoto. Any one can file a case against anyone. 6 cases were filed against Musharaff by individuals.
April 9, 2013 9:11 am
Personal vendeta. Chief Justice legitimzed the dictators overthrow of a legitimate democratic government when he had the opportunity to made the Martial Law illegal in 1999 and allowed the general to even amend the constitution. Now he is a holy cow and untouchable. He should also be brought to justice and answer his actions. He should also answer the question, why it was PK in 1999 and not OK in 2007?
Imran Yousufzai
April 9, 2013 9:26 am
Federation! what federation ? Had Federation being working as per the constitution then we wouldn't have been in this ugly situation in which we are right now.
Abdul khalique
April 9, 2013 9:26 am
Nothing, only revenge.and politics by today heavy weights.
April 9, 2013 9:57 am
Long Live Musharraf!!
Gerry D'Cunha
April 9, 2013 10:04 am
Musharraf by God's grace will be cleared from all blame game mess - PML(N) is playing this dirty politics to gain its bad reputation
April 9, 2013 10:14 am
Before the court ventures out in the relm of judicial activism, it would do well if its own credibility were first established beyond a doubt.
April 9, 2013 10:16 am
It will be by the federation only! The petitioner wants the SC to ask the federation as to why or why not Article 6 should be applied. So SC is doing nothing wrong. If it is not determined at this stage then more dictator will come and go.
Muhammad Farooq
April 9, 2013 10:24 am
regardless musharraf is good or bad, these very same people who are opposing him tooth and nail today were his cronies yeasterday when Musharraf was in power. They are all worshoppers of the rising sun.
April 9, 2013 10:25 am
This sentence make me laugh, "I will fight all the cases in the court of law!”. Lol, Court of Law you destroyed once
Anwar Qureshi
April 9, 2013 10:31 am
Long live General Pervez Musharraf and welcome to Pakistani politics. "Pakistan First" and we need a sincere, dedicated and world acclaimed leader to run the affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. We want to see Pakistan again in the same but better condition in which you left Pakistan, Inshallah.
April 9, 2013 10:38 am
Musharraf is the Hero of Pakistan. He is bold , courageous, patriotic and true Pakistani unlike all the other so called leaders who are and still literally eating up Pakistan in the name of Democracy.
April 9, 2013 10:53 am
Even if it is a vendetta case, still it deserves a fair hearing which shall have a long lasting effect on the future of Pakistani nation. God bless Pakistan
April 9, 2013 10:54 am
Let the good sense prevail and justice should take its course. It is an important case for the future of the country. God bless Pakistan
April 9, 2013 11:00 am
guess how much votes Musharraf can get if allowed to contest from Karachi, and other places?
April 9, 2013 11:01 am
can he beat his opponents?
April 9, 2013 11:27 am
It's all politics and revenge to put Musharraf behind jail. I would say Musharraf should open the pandora box enough is enough.
April 9, 2013 11:33 am
a Military dictator violates his oath and without any legal right , arrests an elected Leader and send govt packing , he has to face consequences of his actions. if a thief or murderer break the law we expect to him to face the law why there are some people above the law and when courts take action why it is vendetta...
M. S. Alvi
April 9, 2013 11:54 am
It is so unfortunate that Pakistani nation does not know the difference between good and bad. Somebody said it is a nation of fools, and I agree.
April 9, 2013 12:03 pm
Agree. If the pandorah box is opened Many others and Nawaz Sharif will have to face consequences. What was the economic condition on Oct 12, 1999. Who called whom? So Musharaf Zindabad.....let the scenario be clear so that time wd facilitate smart, intelligent people to run the govt. an save Pakistan from extreme rightists including N.
Bakhtawer BIlal
April 9, 2013 12:04 pm
The law should be upheld. After having said that, SC can only order the arrest if the person is a prime minister. Despite all the boldness radiating, they know in which hole to put their hands in.
April 9, 2013 12:10 pm
it would be a silly thought that only one person staged the coup.why not the others people who were with him and specially those who endorsed his act that time.(Iftikhar choudry)
April 9, 2013 12:31 pm
I love Imran Khan and Pervez Musharraf!
April 9, 2013 12:33 pm
Pervez Musharraf is our next President of Pakistan. He is the ONLY one who can fix the mess in country.
April 9, 2013 12:45 pm
Enough to win from that constituency
April 9, 2013 12:54 pm
Only justice is required, nothing else, bench should be extended minimum to 9 justices, a complete justice is the need of Pakistan, pandora should be open, who ever is involved whether generals, politicians, civil society or any one else all should be punished, not only escape goat.
April 9, 2013 12:59 pm
A sense able decision by SC.
Mirza Masood Sikander Baig
April 9, 2013 1:06 pm
Masood Baig Let the justice prevail.
Agha Ata (USA)
April 9, 2013 1:06 pm
Musharraf should join Imran Khan.,
Salim Akbani
April 9, 2013 1:22 pm
The best way to deal with former dictators and future wannabe dictators, is to court martial Musharraf for violating his oath to the constitution he swore allegaince to. Then convict him, strip him of his rank, give him a dishonorable discharge, cancel his pention and impose heavy fines on him (seizing his properties). Then go back and do the same with prior dictators like Zia, Yahya, Ayub abd Sikander and take away pension benefits from their survivors. If you want to stop future dictatorships, go back and pull it out from its roots, all the way back to 1955.
Salim Akbani
April 9, 2013 1:24 pm
BTW. I do like him personally. He made a very wrong move. He also blundered badly in Kargil.
April 9, 2013 1:27 pm
I think we are selfish nation and not taking care of those who dont have any corruption charges, musharraf has done nothing wrong but for the betterment of country, what about EC role as far as article 63 is concerned, majority of so called big leaders papers would not accept as they digest billions of rupees of this nation. God save Pakistan. Army needs to do something for the country
April 9, 2013 1:30 pm
Long Live Musharraf - in prison. So he has enough time to reflect upon the damage he has done to Pakistan with his love for power.
April 9, 2013 1:39 pm
If Musharaf is hero? - well then be ready to face with one more hero in the pipe line. That hero could be in the Military Academy today but planning to be president tomorrow. This is our country and if you want to run this country by dictators then good luck. Democracy is the only solution, democratic system will flush all corrupt politicians if we all pakistani start voting for the good leaders. Elections are just around the corner and best time to go out and vote if you want to get rid of old corrupt people.......
April 9, 2013 1:57 pm
Supreme Court should not have to involve itself in personal vendettas cases. Anyone can file petition against any one. It is a time to Protect Pakistan from ruling thieves. And let honorable Musharaff to take part in election from any seat he wishes to. He is honest and true nationalist and intelligent leader after father of the nation honorable Qaid-e- Azam. It will be bad luck of Pakistan if Musharaff is denied to take part in election. Pakistan cannot afford to let this opportunity get by.
April 9, 2013 2:26 pm
no doubt he was brave leader , but this country cannt forgive him fr his crimes by doing action on LAAL masjid and giving us the gift of drones which he signed with BUSH.
April 9, 2013 2:42 pm
yes, I want also that dude also punished who validated his 1999 take over. If that is not Happening i would call this only as political victemization and vendatta, which will have to be answered in same language, via same tactics.
April 9, 2013 2:47 pm
And that was just one fool they were referencing which were you. Not us. The people of this country are smart and understand the situation, it is just matter of time and we will rise and make a better living for all of us. Musharraf did the right thing whatever he did other than few mistakes. But he was and still loyal to this country.
April 9, 2013 2:51 pm
By the way.... Wasn't the General in the air when the Govt. was over thrown? I do not believe that he actually ordered that particular action. But who cares. In the land of the (im)pure, you are guilty until proven innocent. And by the way, didn't the. Chief Take the oath as the CJ of the country under the General? And didn't many many judges do the same? I don't believe one can prove the guilt in any of the accusations. But let us credit Nawaz Sharief.
HM, Canada
April 9, 2013 3:31 pm
Good ...Quite surprise to see so much support for Musharraf. SC should note that this is a political case... of personal vendetta. It should be thrown out...
Urooj khan
April 9, 2013 4:21 pm
As I read the comments I see that he has immense public support ,,but it appears only in comment boxes ,as the media has its own preferences ,,he knows he is a common man ,listen to his answers ,he came back , had appeared after court earlier , ,,in general people look up to him with respect ,,,I feel sorry for our media too ,,,will show great honor towards a cheap bollywood actor but ll redecule our great ppl ,like musharaf ,,,shame on them ..
Mohammed Rahmatullah
April 9, 2013 5:54 pm
Are you talking about Nawaz Sharif, who attacked the Supreme Court during his time?
April 9, 2013 6:06 pm
btw, whats troubling me is that, high treason law was added after the 18th amendment, right? and mush's illustrious coup d'etat happened before that, so doesnt that fall under protection against retrospective punishment? in fundamental rights?
April 9, 2013 10:23 pm
Some of the charges aganist Dictator Musharraf: Illegal confinment of Chief Justice in Army house (CJ was grabbed by his hair and illegally confined as he refused to resign). Failure to provide security to Benazir Bhutto (when she landed at Karachi Airport and was going home 260 people were killed). Murder of Akbar Bugti Killing of innocent (including children) in Lal? Masjid incident. How strange that on his return neither Musharraf is arrested nor harmed.
Ernest( Australia)
April 10, 2013 2:08 am
I totaly agree with you Syed M Ahmed long live Musharaff long live Pakistan
April 10, 2013 8:11 am
Pervez Musharraf we are with you!
April 10, 2013 6:30 pm
I recomend to read the book, which was recently publish here in US. The way of the knife by Matt Mazzetti on the CIA post attacks; he has revealed some secrets and how musharraff has allowed drone and others from 2002 and more 2004. This book has been recently published and all will be upfront - then i will ask if pakistani were with him or against him.
April 10, 2013 7:06 pm
In all fairness , in fact decency suggest , that we all should address our ex-President with full dignity. He ruled our country for 8 long years with his much trumpeted PAKISTAN FIRST ---leaving behind him his personal interest. There are no skeletons in his cupboard and in fact one of the very few Ex Presidents in our chequered history where he can be tainted with corruption and building a fortune for himself. He might have erred in few of the decisions taken but it was not meant to stick on to the Presidency.Under his sagacity and foresight, he brought stability in the country, curbed unemployment ,firmed up the Re-USDollar parity, allowed FDI to pour in and reined in inflation. Last but certainly not the least Pakistans image was improved and we did not become a banana republic. In spite of the various achievements if we or our vocal media and the civil society does not give credit to our Ex-President, Gen Retd PERVEZ MUSHARRAF, THEN SORRY TO SAY WE go by the herds mentality and as an illeterate society unable to distinguish between the good and the bad
M Rafique
April 11, 2013 4:25 am
You must be a witness in this cases
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