Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (Online) – A three-member special court has ordered re-investigation into the treason trial of former military ruler General (r) Pervez Musharraf.


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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.”

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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.”

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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.