ISLAMABAD (Online) – A three-member special court has ordered re-investigation into the treason trial of former military ruler General (r) Pervez Musharraf.
After sweeping to power in 2013, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) constituted a three-member special court to try Musharraf for allegedly subverting the constitution in November 2007.
Musharraf’s lawyer Farogh Nasim had asked the court a broader joint investigation team must be constituted for the investigation of the case “as they don’t trust the federal government.”
The court asked the investigation team to submit its progress report in by December 17.
Meanwhile, prosecutor Akram Sheikh argued the federal government was the same for all; however, it was Musharraf who failed to cooperate with the FIA during the process of investigation, despite repeated notices.
“The federal government will file a review petition against Islamabad High Court’s verdict in this case,” Sheikh said, adding “FIA has refused to re-investigate the case for reasons that the agency’s dignity was not protected in the courts and comments were made against the investigation.”
In April 2014, the special court formally charged Musharraf for imposing emergency rule in the country in 2007. The former president appeared before the three-judge bench, rejecting all charges against him.
According to the prosecution, March 31, 2014 marked the ‘first day’ of Musharraf’s trial as he was finally indicted.