Last Chance for the Ailing Musharraf

Tayyab Baloch Reporter

05th Dec, 2019. 10:47 am

A special court in Islamabad has adjourned treason case against the former president of Pakistan General Retired Pervez Musharraf till December 17th.

According to the details, special court in Islamabad heard the treason against the former president. He was ordered to submit his answers in the court by today.

Government-appointed prosecution team presented in court. However, the team once again sought time.

Court in its remarks said, “Court is giving you time till December 17, If there is a barrier, submit a written argument two days in advance, in case of failure the court will announce its verdict.”

General Musharraf had released a video message on December 4 in which he talked about his poor health.

The video statement, recorded from a hospital bed, came a day after the former president complained of health issues and was shifted to a medical facility in Dubai.

“In my view, the [treason] case against me is baseless. I have gone above and beyond the call of duty for the country. I have fought wars I served the country for 10 years. That’s why I consider the case to be baseless. I consider it to be unfair and the prerequisite of justice are not being fulfilled.”

“The commission can come here and listen to me. They must see themselves how my health condition is and then decide. That commission, with my lawyer, must then be heard in the court,” he added.

The former president also expressed hope that he would get justice in the high treason case. “I hope, I will get justice,” said Musharraf.

Elaborating upon his health, the former dictator said his condition “is very bad”.

“I had been visiting the hospital regularly. This morning also, I felt dizziness and fainted. I had to be admitted to the hospital later.”

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has said the court is ‘burdened’ with the responsibility to hold a high treason trial in a way that is manifestly seen as fair by all parties, including the accused, as such case carries capital punishment.

The IHC three-judge bench which on November 27 stopped a Special Court from unveiling its order in a high treason case against Gen (retd) Musharraf issued its 24-page detailed order on Tuesday.

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