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Lahore High Court issues a notice following Musharraf’s application

Lahore High Court issues a notice following Musharraf’s application


The Lahore High Court on Monday issued a notice to the federal government on ruler Pervez Musharraf’s application requesting the high court to halt the treason case against him.

Musharraf in his application asked the high court to declare the proceedings pending before the special court. He wants more transparency right from the start of the high treason complaint to the appointment of the prosecutor and constitution of the trial court.

A verdict will be given out tomorrow by a three member special court. Earlier Islamabad High Court (IHC) ordered special court from issuing a verdict. The order from IHC came a day before special court was ready to issue a verdict on Nov 27.

The high treason trial of the former military dictator for clamping the state of emergency on Nov 3, 2007, has been pending since December 2013.

During today’s proceedings, Justice Syed Mazahar Akbar Ali Naqvi asked why the second application was submitted if another petition by Musharraf was already being heard in the LHC. Siddique, Musharraf’s counsel, said this was a miscellaneous application.

“Would it be reasonable to form a full bench to hear Musharraf’s petitions?” asked Justice Naqvi, in response to which Siddique and the government lawyer said the court had nearly heard the entire matter and there was no need to form a full bench.

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