SC disposes of Musharraf treason petitions, directs govt to continue course

Published July 3, 2013
Former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.—File Photo
Former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday disposed of the petitions calling for the registration of a treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and directed the government to continue approaching the matter in light of its official statement presented to the court.

The government had in its statement said that it would proceed in accordance with the law and prosecute Musharraf for treason — after taking the political forces into confidence.

Attorney General Munir A. Malik informed the three-member bench hearing the case that as per the court’s earlier order to investigate Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution, the government had set up a Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) committee to probe the treason case against the retired general.

On Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja’s inquiry, Malik said he had no knowledge of any progress on the establishment of a special court to hear a treason case against Musharraf, adding that only the outcome of the investigation against the former president would determine the charges that may be levelled against him.

Justice Khawaja remarked that all eyes were now on the federal government and the steps it would undertake to bring Musharraf to justice. He added that it was to be seen whether four or 483 people would be included in the investigation.

Later, the bench disposed of the petitions calling for the registration of the treason case against Musharraf and directed the government to continue its ongoing investigation on the matter.

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