Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Staff Report) – The Supreme Court of Pakistan Friday reverted an order of special court about collective trial of all accomplices, including former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, ex-Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, in Pervez Musharraf treason case.

A three member bench, head by Justice Azmat Saeed Khosa, said that special court was formed on request of federal government to try former President Pervez Mushrraf only and that the special court should remain confined to the given limitation.

The bench ruled that special court cannot try anyone other than Pervez Musharraf as federal government considers him the sole responsible of 2007 emergency. The special court should complete the trial of accused as soon as possible without further delaying the matter, it directed.

The Supreme Court said that order of 2007 emergency was issued with the signatures of Pervez Musharraf only, hence there was no clear evidence if other accomplices were also involved in the matter or not.

Meanwhile former President Pervez Mushrraf has moved Supreme Court seeking permission to go abroad for treatment. In a petition the former President has prayed to the apex court that his name should be removed from Exit Control List (ECL).

Earlier the special court, which comprised of three judges, ordered to try the accomplices of Pervez Musharraf as well in the treason case against former military ruler.

The legal counsel of ex-army chief argued that Pervez Musharraf invoked emergency in 2007 after due consultation with the National Assembly, the provincial assemblies, the Senate, federal and provincial cabinets, then Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, provincial chief ministers, governors and top bureaucracy.

Then Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar had moved Supreme Court against the ruling of special court.