Interior secretary testifies in Musharraf treason case

* SC larger bench constituted to hear govt’s petition against travel ban overturn


ISLAMABAD: The special court on Wednesday recorded the first testimony of Interior Secretary Shahid Khan in the Pervez Musharraf high treason trial and adjourned the hearing of the case till June 24.
The three-member court headed by Justice Faisal Arab asked the complainant (Shahid Khan) to submit the original letter of the Prime Minister’s Office which ordered investigation against the former military dictator. The complainant told the court that the original letter might have been submitted in the Supreme Court and said that the photocopy of the letter was attested by PM Office’s Deputy Director Sadia Sarwar. Defence lawyer Shaukat Hayat objected to the originality of the letter. 
Shahid Khan record his statement with the court and told it that he was directed through a letter from the PM Office on June 26, 2013, to initiate a treason case against Musharraf. He said that in compliance with the directives of the PM Office, he referred the matter to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for investigation and registration of a case against Musharraf. Shahid Khan said that on June 27, the FIA constituted a joint investigation team (JIT) to probe the treason case, and on November 16, 2013, the FIA team completed the investigation. 
He told the court that after the FIA report, the advice of the Law Ministry was sought, and after consultation, five allegations were levelled against the former military ruler under Article (6). Khan admitted that the complaint of the case was signed by him and submitted to the court. In his statement, he said the charges against Musharraf were levelled in line with the investigation of FIA. Meanwhile, the chief prosecutor of the case, Akram Sheikh submitted in the court that in compliance with the court orders, the documents concerned were handed over to the defence lawyers. The court has said the cross-examination of the complainant would start from the next hearing of the case on June 24.
In a separate development, a larger bench of the Supreme Court (SC) has been constituted to hear the petition filed by the federal government against Sindh High Court (SHC) decision on the removal of Musharraf’s name from the ECL. The bench will hear the government’s petition on June 23. The government’s plea for early hearing of the case was rejected by the court. Notices have been issued to the parties concerned in this case. 

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