LHC reserves verdict on Musharraf’s plea challenging formation of trial court against him
LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Monday reserved its verdict on the petition filed by former president Pervez Musharraf challenging formation of the trial court that convicted him in high treason case.
A three-member bench of the LHC comprising Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Naqvi, Justice M Ameer Bhatti and Justice Chaudhry Masood Jahangir were hearing the case. On Jan, 10 Mazahar Naqvi had asked the federal government to present arguments on setting up of the special court on Jan 13 (today).
The court wondered whether a treason case would be run against the government, if it got stuck in serious circumstances and imposed the emergency.
Additional Attorney General Ishtiaq Ahmed said it could only be determined, in what capacity it was imposed and whether it was under the constitution or not, after it was imposed. He said basic human rights could be suspended in an emergency.
Justice Mazahir asked then how it would be violation of the constitution. Ishtiaq Khan said the parliament added the word of suspension of the constitution in Article 6. Mazahir Naqvi wondered that the status of the constitution was altered through addition of three words only. He also asked what would happen if emergency was imposed in just one province.
On Dec 27, 2019 former dictator had challenged the special court’s treason case verdict in the Lahore High Court (LHC).
According to details, the ex-president had adopted the stance that the decision was announced hurriedly as a case against the formation of the special court was already under hearing in the LHC.
“Our religion, constitution and law forbid the disrespect of corpses. Fair and transparent trial is everyone’s right,” he had added.
The former military official had further requested the court to issue orders to cease implementation on the sentence by nullifying paragraph 66 of the verdict.
Earlier on December 17, special court in Islamabad had sentenced former president and top military official Pervez Musharraf to death in high treason case.
Justice Nazar Akbar had opposed the verdict of sentencing Pervez Musharraf to death and cleared him of the accusations while Justice Waqar Seth and Justice Shahid Karim handed him the death penalty.