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Musharraf has to appear for hearing under any circumstance: court

Updated May 19, 2017 04:31pm

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A three-member bench of a special court, headed by Justice Yahya Afridi, on Friday continued its hearing of the high treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf.

During the court proceedings, a representative of the Interior Ministry confirmed that the government was ready to provide Musharraf foolproof security upon his return.

"Musharraf has to appear before the court under any circumstance [now]," Justice Afridi observed.

The ministry also submitted details regarding Musharraf's property holdings to the court, in which it stated that a report regarding the former president's house in the Army Housing Scheme has yet to be submitted by the Director, Military Lands, while the ministry has also yet to receive a response from General Headquarters regarding the accused's property on Khayaban-e-Faisal, Karachi.

The report by the Interior Ministry also stated that though the Islamabad Commissioner had confirmed Musharraf's ownership of the Chak Shahzad farmhouse, reports regarding his properties in Lahore, Karachi and Gwadar are yet to be furnished.

Expressing displeasure with the 'incomplete' report, the court ordered the ministry to furnish full details regarding the accused's properties, failing which the administrators of DHA Lahore and Karachi would be summoned to court.

Representing Musharraf, Akhtar Shah maintained that his client had no residence in Pakistan as all his properties had been forfeited. He further added that the former president was refraining from returning to the country due to security threats.

Based on this, Shah pleaded to the court to adjourn the hearing to a later date.

On the other hand, the government's lawyer, Akram Sheikh, insisted that the trial had been completed.

"There is no need for the accused to submit a statement under Section 342," Sheikh told the court. "The court must announce a verdict now."

Responding to Sheikh, Justice Yawar Ali said that the court has to question the under Section 342.

To this, Sheikh insisted that instead of waiting for Pervez Musharraf to return to the country, it would be sufficient for the defendant to submit a written reply.

Nonetheless, "Pervez Musharraf should surrender in court and we will provide security to him," Sheikh said, assuring a similar level of security enjoyed by Musharraf when he was president.

"A fugitive cannot dictate his terms," he added.

"The government has no ill-intentions," he assured.

The next hearing has been scheduled for July 18, 2017.

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Comments (29) Closed



pakistani too May 19, 2017 03:49pm

I feel all Pakistanis love Mr Musharraf. Imagine if Raheel Shareef and Musharraf were still there in the background politics, guiding Pakistan through this important phase.

Every tree has strong roots system, which keeps the tree strong and prevents from falling. Musharraf and Raheel Shareef, are Pakistan's root system. Mr Musharraf should be kept as backbencher senior advisor to newly elected politicians, for instance; NEPRA for the television channels in line with laws, Because if politicians make a mistake, Pakistan has to pay the hefty prize for their mistakes and then Pakistan has to suffer the consequences. That is why senior advisor is the rightful place for Mr Musharraf.

Sana May 19, 2017 03:55pm

You may hate him but this man has enough potential to bring India and Pakistan together.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN May 19, 2017 04:02pm

@Sana I do agree. So do PM Dr Singh and PM Vajpayee peace mindset.

Shahid May 19, 2017 04:10pm

@pakistani too Is the damage done to this country by this man not enough?

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN May 19, 2017 04:11pm

@pakistani too Yes Musharraf is a honest person so he or anyone like IK or super smart people from a pool of over 200 million Pakistan, will do a better job than so call Nawaz/Zardari leaders.

BAXAR May 19, 2017 04:31pm

@Shahid " Is the damage done to this country by this man not enough?" Yes he left us in hands of PPP and PMN.

Syed May 19, 2017 04:36pm

Isn't this an attempt to take attention away from Panama leaks investigation ? Pervez Musharraf did one thing wrong, just one thing, that was to trust these people and JUIF by allowing NRO and pardoning these guys.

Abdulla Hussain May 19, 2017 04:47pm

He should be guaranteed about his safety & security. Why should he come and face some terror situation.

Umar bin khattab May 19, 2017 05:16pm

Please let him go where he wants. But his property anywhere must be captured and deposited in to government treasury.

Don't waist the money and time on digging well in dirty mountains.

Clean May 19, 2017 05:42pm

@pakistani too

Ex President of country is on the run and he does not respect his own country's courts. It's a sad state of affairs

SGH May 19, 2017 05:48pm

Musharraf served Pakistan with honesty and sincerity. He is not corrupt, contrary to politicians, who have established family dynasties by all legal and illegal means!!

Muhammad ASIM rao May 19, 2017 06:34pm

i recall Musharraf's first speed vividly in which he Promised many Dams for water and electricity and many other promises - after almost a decade of IRON rule on Pakistan - he did the worst he could do - there was not a single Electricity Generation Unit In Pakistan - he left Pakistan in shambles. He brought Shaukat Aziz who looted several billion and ran away from Pakistan as soon as his tenure was over - never to look back again and enjoy his accumulated wealth out of Pak

the so called clean man did a lot of damage to Pak - by not doing what he was supposed to do - SIMPLE

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi May 19, 2017 06:35pm

My bhaijan (Musharraf Aug 43 I am Dec 43) professing in 'Pakistan First' is now paying through his nose though proved to be one of the best if not the best ruler whereas those who minted billions if not trillions and created empires not only for self but their near and far family members as well are untouched but well dug in to be honest. Iqbal Hadi Zaidi / Kuwait / zaidi.formerdiplomat@hotmail.com.

Muhammad May 19, 2017 06:37pm

@Shahid "too Is the damage done to this country by this man not enough?" kindly elaborate "damage" just using vague words are not enough I can easily say that doing NRO and allowing PPP and PML (N) back in Pakistani politics was his biggest mistake what are your deifination of damage kindly enlighten us

Muhammad May 19, 2017 06:40pm

@Clean "Ex President of country is on the run and he does not respect his own country's courts. It's a sad state of affairs" Yes every clean person in this country is on run corrupt politicians have made life difficult for honest persons in this country. Kindly let us know a single corruption or nepotism case against Musharraf ! None. Now corruption, incompetence and nepotism is touching skies

Sridhar Raghunatha Rao May 19, 2017 06:43pm

Without any elaboration, I have my own admiration for Gen. Musharraf.

khalid aziz May 19, 2017 07:02pm

@Muhammad ASIM RAO :: Your are right -i recall his speech too - he promised BHASHA DAM and god know what not - and nothing Materilized. Thru his IRON Rule he could have easily made KALABAGH DAM - which could have been his legacy - but he left nothing - no Physical structure, no system, no project which is worth while. It could be true that he did not make enough money (may be couple of billion - but hey that is al right - i would still call him Clean) - but NOT Doing something which should have been done is also Corruption as well

In my view he should fully respect courts and face his trials in Pak

Muhammad May 19, 2017 07:10pm

@Muhammad ASIM rao Again unfounded allegations kindly name a single project where Musharraf and / or Shoukat Aziz minted billions of rupees ? and above all who stopped Zardari and Nawaz to initiate inquiry against them? why all institutions and media is silent about their so-called corruption ? as regard generation of electricity it was Musharraf who started the construction of Neelum–Jhelum Hydro Project and 70% of work was completed during his tenure, it was Musharraf who inaugurated the Bahsha Dam, it was Musharraf who completed the Ghazi Barotha Dam It was Musharraf who started the construction of many small dams in KPK and Baluchistan and above all it was Musharraf who had constructed the Gawadar port there is a long list of development work which were carried out during his tenure and after lapse of 9 years after Musharraf era we are still waiting for completion of many project which he had started in his tenure hence all the independent reports praise the Musharraf era

Muhammad May 19, 2017 07:15pm

@khalid aziz "Thru his IRON Rule he could have easily made KALABAGH DAM" he used his Iron hands against the terrorists especially in capitol and what he is facing now ! secondly our so-called politicians have made the KALABAGH DAM a political issue and nobody other than these politicians can ever dare to build this dam you know this fact better than anyone ask these so-called democratic leaders to galvanized the support for Kalabagh Dam but they will not because then how they will mint money from IPPs

Muhammed Ali UK May 19, 2017 07:53pm

Can someone remind me WHO let him go?

Fawzia H May 19, 2017 08:00pm

No need to go back Mr Musharraf.

(3H) May 19, 2017 09:01pm

All cases against Mohtaram General (R)Parvez Musharraf are concoctive and political motive and victimization.As a matter of fact he was here at home during tenure of Asif Ali Zadari,and Nawaz Sharif, he was always accorded VVIP protocols,and with great respect he was seen off,not once but twice.All along his rule he remained clean,and no corruption charges whatsoever,the highest treason is corruption against state, his initial take over was legalized by SC verdict, and it was a continuation of his power when he clamped emergency according to detailed circumstances.He was not alone,he had a full cabinet & advisers,amazingly some of those cabinet members and advisers are today in government. The people of Pakistan are following each & every minute hearing,and they will only accept and appreciate a transparent judicial verdict, a verdict which across the board held all criminals or accused accountable, not a single man of own choice.

MSAlvi May 20, 2017 12:04am

Call Musharraf whatever you want, but he is not corrupt and will take care of Pakistan better than the present politicians.

dr. Kishwar rizwan, orthodentish, nova scotia, canada May 20, 2017 12:34am

Musharraf is the ONLYL person who put the India their right place. When corrupts are enjoying life by throwing laws behind the doors, then at least Musharraf did not steal a single penny and has continued respect within or outside Pakistan. No one can beat him and our courts are just filling the gaps.

JUSTWASIF May 20, 2017 01:05am

Why not this dead case should be closed for the sake of poor taxpayers money.

RoHail May 20, 2017 08:30am

Musharraf will say: Whatever!

azam khan May 20, 2017 09:07am

@Muhammad ASIM rao, the PKR against the US $ was 56.00 during his tenure. We did not have enemies all around us. Pakistan was a respected country. The current rulers have no clue about governing a country, they consider Pakistan as their own sugar mill.

Parvez May 20, 2017 12:17pm

Pathetic excuse for not facing the courts......and he claims himself to be a commando !

critic May 20, 2017 04:18pm

musharaf had done 7 years ago nothing happened to him nothing will happen to him caz this is pakistan not uk or usa