Former President Pervaiz Musharraf faces a big blow from the Supreme Court of Pakistan

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Former President Pervaiz Musharraf faces a big blow from the Supreme Court of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Former President Pervaiz Musharraf faces a big blow from the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

The Supreme Court office has refused to entertain an appeal of former president retired General Pervez Musharraf against his conviction in the high treason case.

An informed source told *Dawn* on Friday that the court office returned the appeal on the grounds that unless the petitioner surrenders himself, his plea cannot be entertained.

Order 23, Rule 8 of the Supreme Court Rules, 1980, empowers the apex court not to accept any petition unless the convict surrenders himself to the authorities.

The counsel representing Musharraf is expected to file an appeal soon against the registrar's decision to return the petition.

On Thursday, Musharraf had moved the SC, seeking to overturn the special court’s Dec 17, 2019, verdict, convicting him in the high treason case.

Moved by Barrister Salman Safdar, the petition had pleaded that the verdict should be set aside since the trial was conducted and completed in sheer violation of the Constitution as well as the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), 1898.

The appeal also sought the right of audience before the SC in his physical absence as well as the suspension of the judgment in the interest of justice and fair play.

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