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Caretakers refuse to try Musharraf for treason


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Former president Pervez Musharraf salutes on his arrival at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on April 20, 2013.—Photo by AFP
Former president Pervez Musharraf salutes on his arrival at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on April 20, 2013.—Photo by AFP

ISLAMABAD: The caretaker government in a written response refused to initiate proceedings against Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution, saying it was not in its mandate to do so.

The interim government said it had a limited mandate, which was mainly to ensure the holding of a free and fair election.

The Supreme Court (SC) was hearing on Monday the treason case against the former military ruler.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Jawwad S. Khawaja, of the apex court reconstituted last week is hearing the case.

The retired general is currently residing in his farmhouse at Chak Shehzad which was declared a sub-jail last week.

Prior to the hearing, the counsels representing Musharraf said that they weren't allowed to meet their client, deterring them from receiving fresh instructions on the case, despite permission from the SC.

The Adiala Jail administration is managing the detention responsibilities of Musharraf at his residence.

Legal analysts believe that this case will prevent aspiring military dictators to overthrow democratic governments and suspend the Constitution. However, some politicians are cautioning that the trial may open a Pandora’s box.

Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q), made a statement on Sunday suggesting that the trial should not target any specific institution of the state.

Shujaat was an ally of the former president when he unlawfully ruled the country for nine years (1999-2008).

Comments (12) Closed

Shair Khan Apr 22, 2013 08:16am
This this justice? Pakistan courts should be ashamed of them self
awakening Apr 22, 2013 08:58am
and please dont go out stats of likes and dislikes the indians are manupulating it
Proud Pakistani Apr 22, 2013 07:52am
Seriously!!!! Every individual put under arrest has the right to lawyers. That's just CHEAP 'justice'- not that I'm surprised since the actual criminals bleeding the country dry roam around free and ready to come back for their next round in elections!!!
Rashid Sultan Apr 22, 2013 08:48am
Mushy's misjudgement on the reception he get upon his return.
Shahid Apr 22, 2013 08:41am
Pakistan is a doomed state... as it is cearly evident on the level of corruption witin the courts themeselves
Mudassir Hussain Apr 22, 2013 08:39am
It seems Pervaiz Musharraf is been given the same treatment as he allegedly had given to CJP. Then both are on the same level!
Shahzad Apr 22, 2013 08:04am
"Lawyers barred from meeting Musharraf" isn't it against the constitution? This is true example of jis ki lathi us ki bhains. He can't even get a hearing from full bench which is his constitutional right and we talking about CONSTITUTION............ can any branch of our administration show they can follow constitution?
Zubair Malik Apr 22, 2013 07:35am
Non sense judicial system ... this is not justice ... this is called setting the personal score against some one ....
Mohammed Arif Apr 22, 2013 06:01am
This is a golden chance for Pakistani people to eliminate any future military takeover. Musharraf must be prosecuted and punished severely for this. If he is allowed to go free or go into exile, it will keep the door open for future military takeovers. It is really the best chance for democracy to take hold and prosper in Pakistan
YOUSUF HUSSAIN Apr 22, 2013 05:29am
I do not like the dictators,but why the Musharaf. SC should start the case from the beging and panish all those who were involved in this practice
Shahpur Apr 22, 2013 04:53am
Let us see as the stage is set for showdown. .
imran Apr 22, 2013 04:45am
May Allah help you Sir, a true leader in a false people