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Musharraf treason case: SC hearing adjourned as defence contradicts itself

Published May 08, 2013 11:45am


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The Supreme Court of Pakistan— File Photo
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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan adjourned on Wednesday the hearing over the treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf until tomorrow after two of his lawyers gave contradictory statements about whether the former president wants to continue with the same set of lawyers or not, DawnNews reported.

At the start of Wednesday's hearing Musharraf's lawyer Ibrahim Satti told the three member bench of the apex court headed by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja that his client had asked him to discontinue his arguments.

The court took a brief recess and asked Satti to seek clearer instructions as to why Musharraf had made the decision.

But when the hearings resumed Ahmed Raza Kasuri, who also represents the former military ruler, told the court that he was not aware of any instructions concerning the ending of the defence argument and requested the court to allow him time to seek further instructions.

One of the petitioners' counsel Sheikh Ahsanuddin asked the court to clear the confusion by summoning Musharraf in the court.

But the court dismissed his plea and instead asked the lawyers of Musharraf to seek instructions.

The court adjourned the hearing over the case until Thursday.


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Nazir Hussain May 08, 2013 12:12pm

A man who soldiered borders of PAKISTAN for fifty years is treated like this.......not fair (shame) because of third rate politicians,who in comparison to kufars in india have given nothing to decendend country of GREAT MUSLIM RULE...........

caravan May 08, 2013 01:42pm

What should Musharraf do when judges want to be prosecutors and judges at the same time?

It seems only option left to him is to boycott the proceeding and let the judges do what they want and let the world see how 'justice' works here.

muzammil ullah khan May 08, 2013 02:58pm

What is the use of defending the cases when the judges have already made up their minds . Musharraf cannot expect justice from this supreme court or the IHC . He may as well save the effort and let God decide his fate . These judges are incapable of being impartial as any one can guess from the daily utterances of these so called judges during the trial process. These smart alecks forget that they have to face GOD one day who is the biggest and fairest of all the arbiters . Musharraf should present his case in GOD's court and damn these fellows sitting on the benches .

Irfan Baloch May 08, 2013 03:01pm

while we can have differing opinions about the way some judges are dealing with Musharraf but the performance of his defence team also has been lacklustre

Wachucha May 08, 2013 04:32pm

Why is dawn sensationalizing every news related to Gen. Musharraf. Headline talks about contradiction in defense statements but in fact there is no contradiction but unawareness of client's instructions. This substandard reporting doesn't suit Dawn.

muzammil ullah khan May 08, 2013 05:04pm

If I were Musharraf I will refuse to plead my case in front of these biased judges who have already made up their minds . So let them give their verdict now rather than prolong the proceedings in which these judges will like to get maximum coverage in the press and continue to make barbed attacks on Musharraf . Let Musharraf plead his case before GOD Almighty who is the fairest judge in all of the universes and let HIM bring down his wrath on this midgets sitting on the benches today .

Assad May 08, 2013 06:24pm

Kangaroo court with its Kangaroo proceedings!

IFTIKHAR MALIK May 08, 2013 07:41pm

Dear Pakistanis, All my life I heard from Pakistani citizens that only if they could have a good leader to lead them, they could be a great nation. Here is Imran Khan with a proven record and all the right credentials with a major desire to stop corruption and put Pakistan on the right track. What are people of Pakistan waiting for? This is your chance to act. Please do not miss it. Life does not offer good chances too many times. Please stop thinking Punjabis, Sindhis, Pattans and Sunnis & Shias. Just be Pakistanis only. No matter where you are from or which religion or sect you belong to, your futures are "welded" together. If this chance is missed, please do not complain that Allah does not hear you. Time to act is now. Make no mistake about it. God bless and guide you in this hour of blessings! In the words of Dilip Kumar,

M R Khawaja May 08, 2013 08:05pm

No Point having Lawyers to represent him as all know these Judges motives are purely personnel vendetta and they will do what they have already decided to humiliate Ex President and punish him if they can.

Razi May 08, 2013 08:17pm

Enough dilly dally tricks by Mush lawyers. Marathon session is needed to ensure justice, Delayed justice is denied justice to the people of Pakistan.

TamzaK May 09, 2013 12:11am

Let us learn to let bygones be bygones. Seeking revenge will only make the movement forward, to a civilized nation, more difficult.
Today Musharraf is a traitor, tomorrow Zardari and Nawaz S will be. Simpler solution is to confiscate their unexplained (or unreported) income-wealth. THAT will discourage simple corruption and the nation will move up the food chain to corruption as there exists in the west: lobbyists and campaign contributions and so on.

marghoob ahmed siddiqui May 09, 2013 12:44am

There is no use of any arguments before a biased court.