Islamabad: The special court has indicted former president general retired Pervez Musharraf in high treason case on Monday. A member of special court Justice Tahira Safdar read out the charge sheet against Pervez Musharraf who was present in the court. A three member bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab was hearing the high treason case against Pervez Musharraf.
The charge sheet contains five points which stated Pervez Musharraf abrogated the constitution by imposing emergency on November 3, 2007. It said that illegal amendments were made in the constitution on December 14, 2007 under Order VI. It said the former president also issued illegal PCO against the judges of higher judiciary. The charge sheet also stated that Pervez Musharraf suspended basic human rights, which was violation of the constitution.
During the proceeding former president Pervez Musharraf pleaded not guilty of the charges. He said his government served the country for eight years and what he did was for the welfare and betterment of the country that could not be termed as treason. During proceedings Musharraf said that he gave 44 years of his life to Pakistan Army and made defense invincible, adding that he gave repute and progress to this country, does it mean treason?. Prosecutor Akram Sheikh said Musharraf’s actions were not treason, but “only subversion of the constitution.”
Later the Counsel of Pervez Musharraf, Farogh Naseem submitted two separate petitions seeking permission for his client to go abroad for treatment as well as to see his ailing mother. The court reserved judgment on these applications and said that the order on the applications will be announced later today.
It was pertinent to mention here that former president Pervez Musharraf was rushed to the AFIC on January 2 after he suffered chest pain while he was on his way to the special court. Initially, he was kept in the ICU but was later shifted to a room. Late on Saturday, Musharraf was again moved to the AFIC’s ICU after his condition deteriorated due to stress upon receiving the news of his mother’s illness who is currently hospitalised in Sharjah and is suffering from respiratory complications. Earlier, non-bailable arrest warrant for Musharraf was issued in case he failed to appear before the court on Monday.