ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Registrar Office has said it would entertain the petition of former president general (retd) Pervez Musharraf, seeking to overrule the special court’s death sentence verdict in the high treason case, only after he turned himself in.
The Registrar Office said his appeal would be considered only after he would surrender himself to the authorities, the Express Tribune has reported.
The news had been confirmed by counsel of the high-profile convict, Salman Safdar. He said Musharraf will now file an application against the Registrar Office’s decision.
On Jan 16, Pervez Musharraf had challenged the death sentence, announced by the special court against him, in the Supreme Court.
According to media reports, the plea filed by Pervez Musharraf had made the federal government and the special court parties in the high treason case. He had pleaded to the court to annul the special court verdict. Expressing dissatisfaction over the special court’s Dec 17, 2019, verdict, he had claimed that the special court six times violated the constitution while completing the trial of the case against him.
The 65-page application filed by Advocate Salman Safdar on behalf of his client read the convict was not given a right to fair trial, while formation of special court was also unconstitutional. Pervez Musharraf had also said that an approval was not sought from the federal cabinet for proceeding of the high treason case.
On Jan 13, the Lahore High Court (LHC) had declared establishment of the special court against former president general (retd) Pervez Musharraf in high treason case unconstitutional, which left the death sentence verdict announced by it null and void.