Musharraf's lawyer allowed to withdraw plea on Special Court Act

ISLAMABAD – The special court on Monday allowed lawyers of former president Pervez Musharraf to withdraw their request related to Section 6 of the Special Court Act of 1976 in the treason case against him, a private TV channel reported.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, was hearing the case against the former army strongman. Farogh Naseem, counsel for Musharraf, presented his arguments during the hearing and said that the former president wanted to withdraw the written application submitted in relation to Section 6 of the Special Court Act of 1976 and wanted to present its reservations orally in this regard.

He said that the Section 6 of the Special Court Act of 1976 had been expunged. Chief Prosecutor Akram Sheikh said that on one hand the withdrawal of the application was sought while on the other, Naseem was presenting his arguments over it. Justice Arab remarked that the decision to return the application was to be taken by the court and a conditional request was not acceptable.

The counsel said the decisions in relation to the FIA report were very important for him, adding that he would devise a future strategy in light of the investigative agency. Under the ordinance of 1981, the amendment to include Section 6-1(a) had been removed, he said. Justice Arab said that Anwar Mansoor had spent half an hour contending over the application that Naseem wanted to withdraw.

The court allowed the defence team to withdraw the said application and said the decision to hand over the report of the FIA to defence attorneys, which was reserved earlier on April 24, would be taken on May 8.

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