SHC gives govt last chance to reply on Mansurul Haq’s petition

KARACHI: Sindh High Court (SHC) has given last chance to the federal law officer to file replies on a petition of former naval chief Mansurul Haq seeking his rank, military awards and other perks and privileges.

A division bench of SHC, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, put off the hearing of the case to October 22, after the deputy attorney general Aslam Butt requested the court for adjournment to enable him file comments.

The petitioner, former naval chief Mansurul Haq, submitted in the petition that he retired from the office of chief of naval staff in April 1997 and throughout his career he was never subjected to any enquiry and court martial.

He stated that after the three years of his retirement, he was implicated in forged case relating to corruption and receiving kickbacks in multimillion dollar defence deals. He said that he was extradited from the United States, where he had been settled after his retirement.

He contended that proceedings against him before Accountability Court Rawalpindi were pending for disposal. General Pervez Musharraf, the then president of Pakistan, ordered stripping of his rank and military awards, adding that his pension and other perks and privileges were also withheld.

The petitioner said that he was convicted by NAB but Sindh High Court set aside the judgment of trial court and acquitted him after he approached it against his conviction by trail court. He requested the court to declare action of taking away of his rank, military awards and other perks and privileges illegal as he was acquitted on all charges against him. He also prayed to the court to order restoration of his rank and all perks and privileges.

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