ISLAMABAD: The Special Court hearing high treason case against military dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf will not delay the verdict further. The court will announce the verdict on the next hearing that would be on December 17. Frequent change of judges and adjournments has already delayed the trial.
The court adjourned the trial as the new team of the prosecution sought a final adjournment for preparing the case. Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth is heading the three-member bench of the special court. the bench is comprising Justice Nazar Akbar and Justice Shahid Karim.
The special court resumed hearing into the complaint lodged by former PML-N government seeking initiation of high treason proceedings against the former president for imposing an emergency rule on November 3, 2007.
On Thursday, during the hearing, the new prosecution team appeared before the court and sought for “reasonable time”. New prosecutors Advocate Ali Zia Bajwa and Advocate Munir Bhatti informed the judges about their appointment.
“There is a lot of pressure,” prosecution added. Justice Seth rebutted by asking “What sort of pressure could be on the lawyers and the court? It is the prosecution’s duty to assist the court.”
Justice Seth remarked that “This is a special case and this is a special court”. He asked the prosecutors to prioritize the Musharraf’s treason case.
Afterward, Justice Seth adjourned the proceedings while stating that the bench will hear the arguments on the next hearing and announce the verdict.
Ali Zia Bajwa submitted before the court that he and Munir Hussain Bhatti had received a 3,000-page record just after their appointment at 4 pm on Wednesday.
Islamabad High Court halted the special court from announcing the verdict, following a petition filed by the interior ministry
Musharraf left for UAE in 2016 on accounts of Medical treatment and has yet to return. He is on trial for “subverting the Constitution” by promulgating state of emergency in the country on November 3, 2007.