ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) sought details of return journey of former president General (R) Pervez Musharraf to Pakistan.
A two-member bench, comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani, heard the petition filed by the former president challenging constitution of a commission by the special court hearing a high treason case against him, for recording his (Musharraf’s) statement.
During the course of proceedings, Justice Mohsin Akhtar directed Musharraf’s lawyer Barrister Salman Safdar to inform the court as to when the former president was scheduled to return to the country.
Justice Farooq said the law pertaining to an absconder was very much clear.
The court assured the defence counsel that his client would be provided complete security on his return.
The counsel, however, sought more time for the purpose. The court accepted his request and adjourned the hearing till second week of December.
Musharraf is being tried by the special court in the treason case filed by the last Pakistan Muslim League–Nawaz (PML-N) government for imposing emergency in November 2007. He was indicted in the case in March 2014. He left the country on March 18, 2016 for medical treatment in Dubai after his name was removed from the Exit Control List on the orders of the Supreme Court. Since then, he has been staying abroad.
A few months later, he was declared a proclaimed offender by the special court, which also ordered confiscation of his property.