Musharraf not deserves relief until he surrender before the law: IHC observes
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) observed that former president Gen. (reted) Pervaiz Musharaf couldn’t be given any relief until he surrender himself before the law.
A division bench comprising Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani gave the observation while conducted hearing on Pervaiz Musharraf’s plea challenging the special court’s order to record his statement abroad through a special commission.
During the course of proceeding, Justice Aamer Farooq asked the petitioner’s counsel, “Is former president ready to come back to Pakistan?”
The counsel said his client wanted to face cases after coming back. He contended the special court could record the statement of a foreign national through a special commission.
Addressing the petitioner’s counsel, Justice Farooq asked whether the accused wanted to postpone the proceeding against him under Article 6. How this petition was maintainable, the judge asked.
Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani said it was legal right of the special court to record the accused person’s statement in high treason case.
The petitioner’s counsel argued that the former government of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) had lodged high treason case against his client and charges were farmed against Musharraf in March 2014 while the prosecution submitted evidence in September of the same year.
Justice Mohsin Akhter Kiyani asked the counsel to only give arguments under Article 199 of the Constitution.
Musharraf’s counsel said that the formation of commission by the special court was unlawful act and it would affect the rights of his client. The orders of the special court had no legal worth, he further said.
Justice Aamer Farooq remarked that the accused couldn’t be granted any relief until he surrendered himself before the law.
The petitioner’s counsel sought time from the bench for preparations of the case which was accepted by the court. The hearing of the case was then adjourned till next Monday.