In Musharraf’s era, murder cases were pardoned under NRO: Rangers lawyer
KARACHI: During the hearing of missing persons case at the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday, a Rangers lawyer apprised that former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf had introduced NRO during his tenure, under which murder cases were pardoned.
During the hearing, the family of a missing citizen stated that Sheikh Feroze had been missing for five years. Upon which the investigating officer told the court that the missing Sheikh Feroze had come from South Africa and was involved in several cases including murder. “There were at least two murder cases against him,” he said.
The court asked how the murder cases could be disposed of. On which, Rangers lawyer Habib Ahmed said that they could be disposed of if the government itself withdrew the cases. He said the NRO was introduced by Pervez Musharraf under which all the cases were annulled.
The Deputy Attorney General requested that a record of murder cases disposed of under the NRO should be sought.
The high court adjourned the hearing seeking help from the prosecutor general and advocate general in the cases against Sheikh Feroze.
On Feb 25, 2020, the Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) had challenged the decision of the Lahore High Court in the treason case against Pervez Musharraf, pleading that the formation of a special court was legitimate.
In its petition, the SHCBA had requested the Supreme Court to reinstate the decision to award the death penalty to Musharraf, and stated that the high court had no authority to hear the petition against the special constitutional court.
The petition had further argued that the LHC did not properly examine the facts and law, nor did the high court attach any significance to the evidence put forward by the prosecution.
In its decision in January 2020, the LHC had called the formation of a special court hearing of the Musharraf Treason case unconstitutional.