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    Treason trial: Charge-sheet finalised against Musharraf

    ISLAMABAD:

    The federal government on Monday finalised the charge-sheet in the high treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
    The document catalogues five charges against Musharraf including imposing emergency in the country on November 3, 2007, detaining superior courts’ judges and abrogating the constitution by imposing the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO).

    Speaking on the condition of anonymity, government officials said they could back all the charges listed against the former president with ‘written evidence’. “We have the original copies of his (president Musharraf’s) written orders authorising emergency in the country besides other unconstitutional steps,” said the official.

    Musharraf is the country’s first military ruler to be charged for treason, and a conviction could lead to life imprisonment or the death penalty.
    The interior secretary, who is the complainant representing the state in the treason trial, will officially submit a copy of the charges against Musharraf before the registrar of the special court set up for Musharraf’s trial under Article 6 of the Constitution.

    The nine-page document also refers to the powers assumed by the ex-military chief to amend the 1973 Constitution.
    In the light of the inquiry report prepared by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), the charge sheet held Musharraf “solely responsible” for abrogating the constitution with no collaborators.

    Where are Musharraf’s collaborators?


    The former president has been denying the existence of any written orders that could prove he committed treason. A member of Musharraf’s legal team Ahmed Raza Kasuri accused the government of deliberately hiding the para 2 of Article 6 of the Constitution.
    “Para 2 has these three magic words, ‘collaborators, abettors or those who aid’ and they refer to all the collaborators as guilty of treason,” Kasuri told The Express Tribune. If Musharraf committed treason then all those who supported his acts should be charged with the same and brought before the court, he added.

    Kasuri said the same constitutional provision states that any ‘act of treason’ cannot be validated by any higher court.
    He said all members of parliament and provincial assemblies who validated the emergency were collaborators. All the judges who legalised the October 12, 1999 acts and validated the PCO were liable to treason as well, Kasuri added.

    Accusing the government of interference, Kasuri said FIA was directed to focus only on the former president and not the collaborators. “But the court’s hands are not tied. We demand the court include all the collaborators,” said Kasuri.
    A three-member special court has been set up for the treason trial.

    Published in The Express Tribune, December 10th, 2013.

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    Government submits request to start treason case against Musharraf

    ISLAMABAD: The federal government submitted a request at a special court to start a treason case against former dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, Express News reported on Thursday.

    The request was submitted by Interior Secretary Shahid Khan, stating that Musharraf had violated the constitution by imposing emergency rule in the country in November 2007.

    Treason case

    On November 17, the federal government had decided to initiate treason proceedings against Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution.

    It had requested the Supreme Court on November 18 to constitute a ‘special court’ for the former dictator’s trial.

    Attorney General Munir A Malik had said that there is strong evidence against Musharraf and that he can be sentenced to death or life imprisonment.

    The federal government on December 9 finalised a charge-sheet, cataloging five charges against Musharraf including imposing emergency in the country on November 3, 2007, detaining superior courts’ judges and abrogating the constitution by imposing the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO).

    The decision to start this case came after Musharraf was granted bail in criminal cases against him, including the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto, slaying of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti and Lal Masjid siege.

    http://tribune.com.pk/story/644537/g...nst-musharraf/
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    Judges detention case: ATC orders improved security for trial



    ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad anti-terrorist court on Friday granted former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s request for exemption from appearing before it today in the judges’ detention case and directing the administration and the police to improve security arrangements, adjourned the hearing to Dec 20, DawnNews reported.

    ATC special court judge Atiqur Rehman heard the case relating to the detention of superior court judges against Musharraf.

    During the hearing, Musharraf’s counsel Ilyas Siddiqui and public prosecutor Nadeem Tabish were present in the court.

    Advocate Siddiqui, on behalf of his client, requested the judge for exemption from today’s hearing which was granted.

    The application submitted by Musharraf’s counsel stated that it was perilous for the former president to appear in court, adding that the hearings should be held at a secure location.

    A representative of the interior ministry informed the judge that an alternative location was being assessed for the trial.

    Upon hearing this, the court directed the police and the local administration to ensure improved security and submit a report at the coming hearing of the case.

    Subsequently, the court adjourned the hearing to Dec 20.


    http://www.dawn.com/news/1072226/jud...rity-for-trial

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    Musharraf summoned to face treason charges on Dec 24

    ISLAMABAD: A special court, formed by Pakistan government to try former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf in a high treason case, on Friday summoned him to appear before it on December 24 under Article 6 of the Constitution.

    In the ‘high treason’ case against the former president, the government has charged him with abrogating, subverting, suspending, holding in abeyance and attempting to conspire against the 1973 Constitution by declaring emergency and overthrowing the superior judiciary in November 2007.

    Meanwhile, a three-judge bench of the special court, headed by Justice Faisal Arbab and comprising of Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali, convened its first meeting today at Federal Shariat Court (FSC) to review the charge sheet filed by the federation.

    Speaking to media representatives after the meeting, Registrar Special Court Abdul Ghani Soomro said the Musharraf treason case has officially been registered and is on record now.

    “General (retd) Musharraf has been summoned to appear before the court on Dec 24,” he said.

    The session of the special court is expected to be held either in National Library Auditorium, adjacent to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat or Federal Shariat Court in Islamabad.

    The special court has also summoned Akram Sheikh Advocate after admitting complaints filed by the federation.

    Apart from Advocate Sheikh, lawyers representing the government are: Dr Tariq Hassan, Nasiruddin Khan Nayyar, Ikram Chaudhry, Sardar Asmatullah, Tayyab Jafri, Ishtiaq Ibrahim, Sajeel Shaharyar, Natalya Kamal, Sharjeel Adnan Sheikh, Hasan Mann, Faraz Raza, Haider Murtaza, Naeem Qureshi and Raheel Kamran Sheikh.

    In addition, the 8-member panel which would defend the former army chief in treason case are: Sharifuddin Pirzada, Dr Khalid Ranjha, Ilyas Siddiqui, Ahmed Raza Kasuri, Ibrahim Satti, Anwar Mansoor and Waqar Rana.

    The federal government on Thursday filed an eight-page petition in the special court praying that if the accused found guilty of any or all the five charges brought against him, the accused may be awarded punishment as mentioned in Section 2(2) of the High Treason Act 1973, which is a death sentence or life imprisonment.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1073683/mus...rges-on-dec-24

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    Musharraf took all on board over Nov 3 steps: Shujaat


    December 16, 2013

    Musharraf took all on board over Nov 3 steps: Shujaat

    ISLAMABAD: President Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q), Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain Monday disclosed that former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf had taken all the stakeholders on board over proclamation of emergency and other steps on November 3, 2007.

    “Those who claim that the former president had not held a prior consultation are lying,” the PML-Q President Chaudhry Shujaat, whose party was in power in federation at the time of November 3 actions, said while talking to Geo News here.

    Commenting of Musharraf's treason trial, he said the government should have made the decision of putting the former dictator to trial in the Cabinet. “Levelling a treason allegation against someone is not an ordinary thing,” he added.

    To a question, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain said he had not met Pervez Musharraf recently and ‘what’s the harm if such a meeting does take place’.

    In reply to another question regarding what advice he had given to Pervez Musharraf in connection with November 3 steps, the veteran politician said he would disclose that at an opportune time.

    http://www.thenews.com.pk/article-13...steps:-Shujaat

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    ATC grants time for submission of Musharraf security report



    ISLAMABAD: An Anti-Terrorism Court in the federal capital city on Friday accepted the request by the federal government which had sought more time to submit a report concerning the security of former military dictator Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf in the judges detention case, DawnNews reported.

    Earlier during the day, Assistant Commissioner Islamabad Waqas Rasheed appeared before Justice Atiq-ur-Rehman of the ATC and submitted a report on behalf of the police regarding the security of former president Musharraf.

    The court expressed its dissatisfaction over the report over the lack of the signatures of Inspector General of Police Sikandar Hayat and ordered for the report to be re-submitted after it was signed by the IGP.

    The court then took a short recess.

    Meanwhile, the guarantor for the former military strongman and the federal interior secretary were also summoned by the anti-terror judge.

    After the recess the police report was resubmitted in the court, after it had been signed by the IGP.

    Moreover, officials of the National Crises Management Cell (NCMC) appeared before the bench instead of the federal interior secretary and requested the court for more time to submit the report over the security of Pervez Musharraf.

    The court accepting the request adjourned the hearing over the case until January 9.

    In its previous hearing the court had sought reports from the Islamabad police, administration and the interior ministry over an application submitted in a police report in which the deputy inspector general (security) expressed his inability to provide security to the former military ruler during his presence in the court and had suggested a change in venue of the trial.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1075288/atc...ecurity-report

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    Pakistan's Musharraf in U.N. appeal to try to halt treason trial


    (Reuters) - Lawyers for former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on Friday appealed to the United Nations to intervene and help prevent him being tried for treason, saying he faced a "show trial".

    Musharraf's case, initiated by the Pakistani government, focuses on accusations that the former military leader breached the constitution when he imposed emergency rule in 2007.

    The charges mark a serious challenge to the country's powerful army and could result in the execution of a man who was once the most powerful in the country.

    Musharraf's trial is due to begin on December 24.

    His plea, issued from London by an international legal team, is designed to get the United Nations to urge Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan's prime minister, to delay or stop it.

    It was sent to a U.N. special rapporteur who investigates complaints about the independence of judges and another who deals with cases involving the death penalty.

    The rapporteurs have recently reported on high-profile cases in Sri Lanka and Iraq. The document was also sent to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.

    His lawyers made the same appeal to the British, American and Saudi governments, citing what they said was Musharraf's "immense assistance" to the West during his time in office.

    Musharraf was a key ally of the United States in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, and U.S. aid to Pakistan, much of it in the form of military assistance, soared.

    Musharraf's lawyers said they had compiled a report for the United Nations supporting his case, saying the charges against him were revenge for his ousting of Sharif, the elected prime minister, in a 1999 coup when he was head of the army.

    The judges in charge of the case had been selected by Sharif and would not conduct a fair trial, they said.

    "Politicians have no business hand-picking judges to try their opponents," said Steven Kay, a member of Musharraf's legal team.

    Nor, the lawyers' report said separately, could the judges be regarded as impartial since they had been affected by a crackdown on Pakistan's judiciary during Musharraf's near-decade of military rule.

    "The three judges appointed to try Musharraf's case have such an obvious conflict of interest that it is reasonable to call them to withdraw," the report said.

    Civilian rule in Pakistan was restored in 2008, but the South Asian, nuclear-armed country has been governed by the army for more than half of its 66-year history since independence, and the military remains a potent political force.

    Musharraf returned to Pakistan in March after nearly four years of self-imposed exile to contest a May 11 general election, but was disqualified from standing because of pending court cases.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/...r&dlvrit=59231

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    Musharraf challenges treason trial in civilian special court

    ISLAMABAD: Former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has challenged his trial for treason in a civilian court, saying he can only be prosecuted under the Army Act.

    The 70-year-old ex-military strongman is due to appear before a special court on Dec 24 to face treason charges for conspiring against the Constitution by declaring emergency and overthrowing the superior judiciary in November 2007.

    Musharraf will be the first military dictator in Pakistan's history to face a trial for treason.

    His lawyers have already contended that the treason charge levied against him is politically motivated and that proceedings would be a “show trial”.

    In a fresh application filed in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday through counsel Advocate Khalid Ranjha, the former president stated that the emergency imposed on Nov 3 was not an arbitrary act, and that it had the support of all relevant stakeholders.

    The application moreover said that Musharraf could not be tried in court without including those who had taken part in the act.

    The petition added that the Nov 3 emergency was imposed while he was serving as a military general and therefore investigation against him could only be carried out under the Army Act.

    It furthermore said that the federal government should be prevented from conducting investigation against Musharraf in a special court.

    The defence secretary and law secretary were made parties in the application.

    In the November 3, 2007 proclamation of emergency, Musharraf, had declared: “I, General Pervez Musharraf, Chief of the Army Staff, proclaim emergency throughout Pakistan. I hereby order and proclaim that the constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan shall remain in abeyance.”

    The proclamation also mentioned that the emergency was imposed “in pursuance of the deliberations and decisions” of a meeting which was attended by then “prime minister, governors of all the four provinces, and with chairman joint chiefs of staff committee, chiefs of the armed forces, vice chief of army staff and corps commanders of the Pakistan Army.”

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1075496/mus...-special-court

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    Musharraf apologises for any misdeeds

    ISLAMABAD: In a significant development, former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf on Thursday sought “forgiveness” for any wrongs he may have committed during his nine-year rule.

    “Whatever I did, I did it for the country. It could be wrong but there was no bad intention in it. Even then, if someone thinks that I have committed a mistake, I seek forgiveness for it,” said an emotional Musharraf in a TV interview with ARY News, which the channel claimed was his first interview after getting bail in all cases pending against him.

    Wrapped in a shawl, Gen Musharraf termed revival of the economy and tackling extremism and terrorism as the most serious challenges the country is facing.

    This is for the first time that the former army chief, who ruled the country from 1999 to 2008, has offered an apology for the actions and decisions he took as the country’s president.

    The former military ruler, facing treason charges for the imposition of emergency in the country on November 3, 2007, said he wanted to clear himself in all cases he is facing and said that he is ready to face courts.

    Gen Musharraf said that whatever he had done for the country he did it with good intentions and he was proud of that.

    Gen Musharraf, who had overthrown the Nawaz Sharif government in Oct 1999, criticised the economic policies of the present PML-N government. “The beggars always get kicked wherever they go,” he said while criticising the government for approaching IMF and world donors for aid. He claimed that he had broken the begging bowl during his tenure and regretted that the present regime had once again started begging.

    He asked the people to support the army and the ISI and said force should be used wherever it was needed. He also supported the idea of holding talks with Taliban.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1075202/mus...r-any-misdeeds

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    Nothing but settling old scores with Musharraf NS

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    Musharraf apologises for any misdeeds

    ISLAMABAD: In a significant development, former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf on Thursday sought “forgiveness” for any wrongs he may have committed during his nine-year rule.

    “Whatever I did, I did it for the country. It could be wrong but there was no bad intention in it. Even then, if someone thinks that I have committed a mistake, I seek forgiveness for it,” said an emotional Musharraf in a TV interview with ARY News, which the channel claimed was his first interview after getting bail in all cases pending against him.

    Wrapped in a shawl, Gen Musharraf termed revival of the economy and tackling extremism and terrorism as the most serious challenges the country is facing.

    This is for the first time that the former army chief, who ruled the country from 1999 to 2008, has offered an apology for the actions and decisions he took as the country’s president.

    The former military ruler, facing treason charges for the imposition of emergency in the country on November 3, 2007, said he wanted to clear himself in all cases he is facing and said that he is ready to face courts.

    Gen Musharraf said that whatever he had done for the country he did it with good intentions and he was proud of that.

    Gen Musharraf, who had overthrown the Nawaz Sharif government in Oct 1999, criticised the economic policies of the present PML-N government. “The beggars always get kicked wherever they go,” he said while criticising the government for approaching IMF and world donors for aid. He claimed that he had broken the begging bowl during his tenure and regretted that the present regime had once again started begging.

    He asked the people to support the army and the ISI and said force should be used wherever it was needed. He also supported the idea of holding talks with Taliban.

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    Time for him to be exported and move on now. Nothing to gain now

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    Musharraf's pleas against special court declared 'inadmissible'

    ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday rejected all three petitions filed by former president Pervez Musharraf against the special court constituted to try him for treason.

    Musharraf had raised objections over the authority of the special court, appointment of judges and prosecutor in his petitions filed before high court.

    The decision was announced by Justice Riaz Ahmad Khan, who declared the requests inadmissible.

    The special court comprises Sindh High Court's Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Tahira Safdar of the Balochistan High Court and Justice Yawar Ali of the Lahore High Court.

    Khalid Ranjha counsel for Pervez Musharraf, challenging the authority of the special court, stated that his client was the army chief when he introduced the 2007 emergency and only military court could examine his actions.

    The two other petitions filed by Barrister Anwar Mansoor challenging the appointment of the judges for the special and Akram Sheikh as prosecutor in the treason case.

    In these two petitions, Barrister Anwar Mansoor had taken the stance that the appointments were not legitimate.

    Musharraf has been summoned by the special court on December 24 to face treason charges under Article 6 of the constitution. He has been accused of subverting, suspending and aborting the Constitution, imposing emergency in November 2007 and detained judges.

    Earlier during the day, the Sindh High Court (SHC) disposed off an application seeking removal of the name of former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf from the Exit Control List (ECL).

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1075904/mus...d-inadmissible

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    Musharraf's pleas against special court declared 'inadmissible'
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    ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday rejected all three petitions filed by former president Pervez Musharraf against the special court constituted to try him for treason.

    Musharraf had raised objections over the authority of the special court, appointment of judges and prosecutor in his petitions filed before high court.

    The decision was announced by Justice Riaz Ahmad Khan, who declared the requests inadmissible.

    The special court comprises Sindh High Court's Justice Faisal Arab, Justice Tahira Safdar of the Balochistan High Court and Justice Yawar Ali of the Lahore High Court.

    Khalid Ranjha counsel for Pervez Musharraf, challenging the authority of the special court, stated that his client was the army chief when he introduced the 2007 emergency and only military court could examine his actions.

    The two other petitions filed by Barrister Anwar Mansoor challenging the appointment of the judges for the special and Akram Sheikh as prosecutor in the treason case.

    In these two petitions, Barrister Anwar Mansoor had taken the stance that the appointments were not legitimate.

    Musharraf has been summoned by the special court on December 24 to face treason charges under Article 6 of the constitution. He has been accused of subverting, suspending and aborting the Constitution, imposing emergency in November 2007 and detained judges.

    Earlier during the day, the Sindh High Court (SHC) disposed off an application seeking removal of the name of former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf from the Exit Control List (ECL).

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1075904/mus...d-inadmissible

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    Have our leaders not heard about being magnanimous when on top. This all sound so petty and vindictive. Draw a line on the past and move on we have enough problems to deal with

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    Bomb recovered near Musharraf’s house, halts case against him

    LAHORE: Ex-Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf was on Tuesday exempted from appearance before an Islamabad court after a five-kg bomb was recovered near his farmhouse on the outskirts of Pakistan's capital.

    The recovery was made as security forces were clearing the route, which Musharraf was due to take shortly to reach the court hearing treason case against him. The special court has been constituted to try him for "suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution'' besides imposing emergency and detaining judges during his rule in 2007.

    A police officer told the media two pistols, five-meter detonator wire and 16 bullets were recovered as well near Musharraf's farmhouse. Reports said a bomb disposal squad was rushed to the scene and the briefcase bomb was diffused immediately.

    But a TV channel reported the explosive material was not connected to any detonator and was not a 'live bomb'. Hundreds of cops and army soldiers had been deployed en route to the makeshift court set up at Islamabad's National Library for security reasons. The court was sealed with shipping containers forming the barrier around it.

    A three-member bench comprising justices Faisal Arab, Tahira Safdar and Yawar Ali exempted Musharraf from the appearance after his lawyers informed the court about 'the grave threats' the 70-year-old ex-President faces.

    Justice Arab, who heads the bench, said he understood the "gravity" of the situation and sought an application from Musharraf's lawyers for his exemption from the hearing.

    The court later ruled that Musharraf be presented before it on January 1 when a charge-sheet would be filed against him. It ordered full security for him.

    Musharraf faces death penalty in case of his conviction in the treason case, which he says is trumped up for political reasons. The case against him is unprecedented for an ex-head of the state and the all-powerful army.

    The ex-president had filed an appeal against the prosecutors in the case, saying they were 'persecutors' trying to settle personal scores against him as he had ousted and exiled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999. He had also challenged the authority of the special court.

    Musharraf has been embroiled in legal problems and spent most time in detention at his plush farmhouse since him return from a self-imposed exile in March. He had returned home to contest elections but was disqualified from taking part in them.

    He has managed to get bail in three other cases related to his alleged failure to provide security to ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto before her assassination in 2007, killing of a Baluch nationalist in a military operation, raid on Islamabad's Red Mosque and the detention of judges in 2007.

    The fresh treason case has belied rumours that a deal had been cut to allow Musharraf leave Pakistan as the army is said to be unhappy over the trial of its former chief.

    Musharraf vowed to stay put in Pakistan to clear his name in a rare interview last week.

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    Defending Musharraf: ‘Emergency was imposed after consultation’

    Leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Q (PML-Q) Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said that the former president Pervez Musharraf had imposed emergency after consultation with his cabinet. No one dared to speak up in front of him in those days as they always said that whatever president has said is right.

    Speaking to Muneze Jahangir in Express News programme “Achha Lage, Bura Lage”, he said that he supported Musharraf on principle and backed his plan of imposing emergency but had asked him to exclude the judiciary.
    Chaudhry Shujaat said that the opinion of the army was also considered because it was the army that was to implement it. “How could the emergency be implemented without the consent of the army?” he questioned.

    “Everyone in those days did say ‘yes sir’ to the president and did not want to make him angry,” he said. A separate meeting was held with top military brass of that time to discuss this plan, Shujaat said.
    The PML-Q chief said everyone involved should be implicated in the case in accordance to the Constitution and the law. He said that treason case cannot be maintained against Musharraf without Army Act.

    Musharraf’s decision about Lal Masjid was his personal judgment and he wished that Akbar Bugti be killed in the operation, Shujaat disclosed.

    Published in The Express Tribune, December 25th, 2013.

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    Musharraf to file intra-court appeal with IHC

    ISLAMABAD: Though the special court constituted for the ‘high treason’ trial of former president Pervez Musharraf has fixed January 1 for his indictment, the former military ruler is still seeking remedy from the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the case.

    Justice Riaz Ahmed Khan of the IHC on December 23 dismissed his three petitions against the establishment of the special court, appointment of its judges as well as Akram Sheikh as head of the prosecution team.

    However, Gen Musharraf has decided to file an intra-court appeal (ICA) with a two-member division bench of the IHC.

    Advocate Faisal Hussain, one of the counsel for Gen Musharraf, told Dawn that his client had given the go-ahead to the legal team for filing the ICA against the rejection of the petitions. The ICA will be filed on Thursday or by the end of this week, he added.

    “It is the right of Gen Musharraf as well as any other citizen to seek available remedies provided in the law and the constitution through the courts.

    “If a citizen is not given relief through a constitutional petition, what is the other way to agitate his grievances,” he added.

    Gen Musharraf in the petitions contended that the IHC single bench did not comprehend the gravity of the matter where the petitioner only sought his fair trial which was his fundamental right given in the constitution.

    The petitions stated that Musharraf gave his best to the country. He fought with utmost courage in the 1965 and 1971 wars and was promoted to the higher ranks.

    Recollecting the events of the bloodless coup, Musharraf stated: “In October 1999, the petitioner left for an official visit to Colombo, Sri Lanka, in order to represent Pakistan Army in the 50th anniversary celebrations of the Sri Lanka army.

    “On October 12, 1999, while he was flying back to Pakistan after performing his state duty, he was deprived of his ranks and General Khwaja Ziauddin was appointed as the chief of the army staff.”

    The pilot of the aircraft was “compelled either to land in India or get crashed in the air due to lack of fuel.

    In short, the manner of removal of his ranks was not only unethical and against the norms but also in violation of the Army Rules.”

    It alleged that prime minister Nawaz Sharif and former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry were inimical to Gen Musharraf as in October 1999 he had made the coup against Mr Sharif and in March 2007 he had suspended Justice Chaudhry.

    It claimed that the establishment of the special court and the appointment of its judges as well as the lead prosecutor Akram Sheikh were made in violation of the prevailing law, rules and the dictum laid down by the Supreme Court in its landmark judgments.

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    Does President Musharraf deserve to be called a Traitor?

    My Indian friend asked me a direct question sipping his coffee “What do I think is keeping Pakistan away from oblivion?”. I smiled , looked at him. Sipped on my delicious French Vanilla and replied to him in two words . “Pakistan Army!”. “ Well in that case it’s ironic but no doubt its true though the last General i.e. Pervez Musharraf almost made us bite the dust!” replied my Indian friend. “Ironic is my friend that his enemies cherish him but we test his patriotism”, responded with my head down with a feeling of remorse. Looking at me my friend just said “Maybe they are afraid of the change that he started. It always is the case. After all these political parties or dynasties have to survive” . “ True! Maybe he really shook the hornet’s nest” , I replied and looked on at my watch as I did not want to miss his i.e. The General’s first TV appearance after being bailed. Being in sales and trained well. I wanted to see if his spirit is still alive and kicking or has the unseen establishment of Pakistan managed to break it down as well.

    Whilst I drove home. I recalled the days post Laal Masjid and I remembered the onslaught President Musharraf received. No day passed by when the day ended with an anti Musharraf political circus unabated. What I feared at that time unfortunately turned out to be true! He had to go. Lucky for me that I got transferred abroad. But I remembered the day that I landed and went for my Umrah. I touched the Holy Kabah. Cried aloud and prayed to the Almighty. “Save my Pakistan as a Wolf Pack is about to attack and our hands are tied as many amongst us have their eyes shut and hearts closed and see that that the tune of Dajjal is their salvation. Save my Pakistan Allah”. This prayer of mine echoes in my ear till today. People ask me that whilst Mashallah life is a blessing . I still have that feeling of missing something in my eyes. “I miss my Pakistan” . I don’t want to go back to a country ruled by those hypocrites. I don’t want to see my nation eaten away by bits sometimes in the name of Democracy, sometimes in the name of Patriotism and sometime in the name of Religious Righteousness. To be honest the day I saw President Musharraf humiliated after all he did for Pakistan. I just decided to pack my bags and leave.

    I reached home. Switch on the TV and saw the General sitting firm in front of the camera. Whilst his spirit was high. His soul looked damaged as he must be asking himself that does he deserve this treatment after all he did for this country. Where he boosted the economy. Where he gave rights to the people at grass roots. Where he empowered the women. Where he gave freedom of speech. Where he gave respect to us. Where he put Pakistan on the world map. Where he stood eye to eye with the enemy and defined our boundaries. Where he helped heal the wounds of an injured Karachi. Where he started a journey for this country in line with the vision of Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. His soul looked dented. And why not? How many of us turned up after all what he did for us. How many of us now turn up for him whilst he fight the system for giving us back or trying to for what was rightfully ours.

    Yes, he stood up against dynasties of Sharif’s and Bhutto’s . Yes , he stood up against tyranny, Yes, he stood up against those who were looting this country. Yes, he stood for a Pakistan which deserved more and where its rulers were cutting it down by bits and pieces. On Oct 12th 1999. He was the one attacked and he retaliated. What else would you expect from an Army Chief and a Commando. Would you as Pakistan and Pakistanis like to see your commander in chief put his tails between his legs and surrender. Like the way General Niazi did in 1971. Would you have wanted a political dictator like Nawaz Sharif who almost took over all the key roles of the country became an absolute leader. Were all of you enchanted to see Pakistan being pushed in political isolation with your dollar reserves fluctuating around a Billion dollars. Yes, his men of honor. His Army took a stand for their commander in chief and over threw a political system which was pushing away the nation towards another disaster. I remember seeing my brethren being butchered every day in Karachi and branded as terrorists and dacoits. I remember those days that being a Mohajir I was seen as a Traitor to Pakistan just because not being a son of the soil. I remember dancing to the news when I heard Nawaz Sharif was gone . I remember bowing my head to Allah knowing that our Pakistan Army did the right thing on that day of October 1999.

    So what if on November 3rd 2007 ; President Musharraf held the constitution under abeyance on advice of his Prime Minister under the constitution of Pakistan to wade off an arrogant selfish judge who promised heavens to the poor ignorant masses of this country which sways with any circus it comes across. What this judge gave us nothing but yes he became a father of a multi millionaire. He never took a suo motto against the same corrupt lot which pushed Pakistan to the edge. The Circus went on in 2007 joined by thugs, hooligans, hypocrites, terrorists etc etc because they could see that they would not be able to loot Pakistan until and unless President Musharraf is there . Unfortunately, for us as Pakistanis . The Circus was successful and we were all enticed by it so much that we took our eyes for what was right for this nation. I remember his last words as the President with tears in his eyes. “Ab Pakistan ka Allah hi Hafiz” and so truthful was he on that day.

    The war against terror which many of the legacy of that circus brandish as not our war forgetting Pakistan was already a victim of this terrorism without check before we sided with the world to stand against it. This war has killed thousands of Pakistanis on both sides in the most brutal manner. Let them be killed by bombs, let them be killed by beheadings, let them be killed by bullets or let them be killed by drones. By preaching that it’s not our war and not letting us address the core issue. We have gifted the nation thousands of dead Pakistanis, a destroyed economy, a divided nation and in fact a religiously polarized and a confused nation. President Musharraf was addressing it in a way by keeping the casualties to the minimum.

    Today, when I heard the most corrupt President in the history of Pakistan call upon President Musharraf in an unsavory manner . Today , when I heard him and his son challenge the army between the lines and trying to drive a wedge in the nation and its unity by abusing its Generals of the past but trying to appease the soldiers. Trying it to give at another shot to create disharmony amongst our Army the only thing which keeps this nation united. I sometimes wonder who the real traitors are? Those who had to chant the slogan Pakistan Khappay or those who fought for this nation with their blood and the sweat.
    Who are traitors? Those who for their personal lust for power broke Pakistan into two. Who are traitors? Those who sold Pakistan and its soul to control on the power.

    After all what President Pervez Musharraf did for Pakistan and an ailing Karachi. The last thing he deserves is to be called a traitor. It’s been the history of us the Muslims . When Caliph Haroon Rasheed was in power due to his progressive ways. People use to despise him and conspired against him. His day and age is now remembered as an Golden Age. Today , the poor Pakistani who has gotten nothing out of the Dynastical Democracy remembers President Musharraf with tears in their eyes. Today, the professionals who saw Pakistan growing repent his going and await his return. Today any patriotic Pakistani await their patriotic son to return to power to avenge the ill their tyrant leaders has bestowed upon them in the last few years. Where their lives, their honor and their money has been taken away. They all await their patriotic son to return. The drama which would go on in an unconstitutional bench would only give an un-constitutional decisions and that’s it. Today, I await the day when The General would return and take command of this nation and put it back on track. Today, I live everyday when the true sons of Pakistan come in power not those who just come in power to loot and plunder. I am sure that the prayer I made holding the cloth of Holy Kabah years ago would Inshallah! come true and I would return to my motherland breathing to build it for my posterity under the right and patriotic leadership. Pakistan Zindabad!
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    Re: "Treason Case Against Musharraf: News and Discussions"

    Treason: the real test
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    Former military ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. — File photo
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    WHEN a former military ruler is put in the dock for treason in a country which has been under dictatorships for the most part of its existence, it is no less than history being made. The trial of retired Gen Pervez Musharraf is a landmark development in many ways.

    Many Pakistani political leaders faced treason charges, but it is for the first time that a former head of state is being tried under Article 6 of the Constitution. The former military strongman is expected to be indicted by a special tribunal comprising three high court judges on Jan 1, 2014.

    This case has all the ingredients of high drama with far-reaching political consequences. The trial of a former army chief in a country where the military remains a formidable force casting its shadow over politics may have serious ramifications.

    For Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, it may be an opportunity to settle scores with a man who not only deposed him but also put him on trial for sedition. There’s certainly a revenge aspect to the decision to initiate the treason trial, though the government maintains it only complied with the Supreme Court ruling.

    Some opposition leaders have also accused the government of using the trial to divert public attention from its failure to address other key issues.

    But Musharraf’s aides are confident the trial will collapse. “He has not committed any treason and the case will fall apart if the trial is fair and unbiased,” says retired Maj Gen Rashid Qureshi, a long-time associate of the former president.

    A formidable defence team headed by the crafty Sharifuddin Pirzada, an old hand at constitutional law, could complicate things for the prosecution. Some observers believe the trial may even drag on to Musharraf’s advantage.

    The Islamabad High Court has already dismissed the objection raised by the defence on the legality of the tribunal and the plea that the case be shifted to a military court. But the issue of the trial’s constitutional validity is likely to dominate the proceedings. The former general is being tried not for his original sin of staging a coup against an elected government but for his Nov 3, 2007 action of imposing emergency and holding the Constitution in abeyance.

    “Pro-prosecution bias and being selective about the incident could be a strong argument for the defence,” maintains a senior constitutional lawyer. This appears to be the main point Musharraf’s lawyers will take up.

    The main argument for not charging Musharraf for the Oct 12, 1999 coup is that his action was indemnified by the Supreme Court and parliament. But the question is whether the 2007 action alone provides sufficient ground for his trial under Article 6, ignoring the original takeover.

    Some senior lawyers argue that the term ‘abeyance’ was added to Article 6 by the 18th Amendment and thus cannot be applied retrospectively. Before the amendment, Article 6 mentioned only the terms ‘abrogation’ and ‘subversion’ of the Constitution.

    They argue there was no point in introducing the word ‘abeyance’ in Article 6 as it was already covered by ‘subversion’, and that the amendment has inadvertently benefited Musharraf. “The element of surprise will be our major weapon in the trial,” says Ahmed Raza Kasuri, a member of the defence team.

    Since ending his self-imposed exile and returning home earlier this year, Musharraf has been implicated in multiple murder cases. But the treason trial will be his most serious test.

    Musharraf may appear relaxed, but things can go wrong. “He returned to the country of his own will and is mentally prepared to face any situation,” said Qureshi.

    Breaking his silence, Musharraf recently gave interviews to a couple of private television channels appearing his usual confident self.

    But what could be the worst scenario? Conviction and the death sentence? Doubtful. The humiliation of their former chief has already perturbed the military and many observers believe that conviction could result in a strong reaction by the army. The military leadership seems to have distanced itself from the trial. But the manner in which the trial proceeds may change the dynamics. A prolonged trial could generate immense challenges for the already fragile political structure.

    The writer is a political and security analyst.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1076862/treason-the-real-test

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