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Treason case: SC rejects plea to arrest Musharraf

April 09, 2013

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.