ISLAMABAD: The defence counsel for Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday asked the special court conducting his high treason case to summon all those who abetted the former military ruler in the imposition of emergency on November 3, 2007.
Since the indictment of Musharraf on April 1, rumours were making rounds that he was about to leave the country as part of a deal between the government and military. But Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s refusal to allow him a safe passage drew the military’s ire, providing enough fodder for media mills to grind. Farogh Naseem, Musharraf’s lawyer, asked the three-judge bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab, to try all abettors of the November 3, 2007 emergency.
Naseem said that international laws do not permit targeting an individual while ignoring his collaborators. “I request the court to issue notices to all persons who were consulted during the proclamation of emergency and should be tried for treason,” Naseem said. “It includes all persons involved in preparation of the notification of emergency rule and its implementation.” The court should try all abettors under the treason trial, he said, adding that the inquiry report had not named anyone except Musharraf.
Naseem complained that Federal Investigation Agency’s investigation report has not been made public, and questioned the motives of the prosecutor, saying that a dissenting note by a member of the probing committee was not included in the report. He pleaded before the court to direct the complainant to provide him a copy of the investigation report and dissenting note prepared by the FIA regarding the role of collaborators and abettors of his client.
He said that it was the prosecution’s responsibility to bring before the court all the evidence regarding the November 3, 2007 emergency. Musharraf’s lawyer also objected to the pending of the decision regarding the appointment of Akram Sheikh as prosecutor of the case. Justice Arab said the court will announce its decision April 18.
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