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Special bench formed to resume hearing treason case against Musharraf

LAHORE: A bench of a special court on Saturday was formed to resume hearing of treason case against former president General (r) Pervaiz Musharraf.

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Justice Mian Saqib Nisar approved the letter by law ministry, finalising the names of bench members.

Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Yawar Ali will head the bench while Justice Nazar Akbar of Sindh High Court (SHC) will be the second member of the bench.

The law ministry will issue the notices to concern parties soon after resuming the hearing.

Earlier, the bench formed to hear the case against Musharraf had dissolved once again as Justice Yahya Afridi rescued himself from hearing the case over objections by Musharraf’s lawyer.

The special court had also issued orders to the interior ministry to take special measures for the detention of Musharraf in the treason case.

In 2013, the former military ruler was nominated as the sole accuser in the high treason case, while in 2014, he was indicted by the special court comprising judges from three different high courts.

Meanwhile, the prosecution has presented all its evidence and produced its witnesses before the court. The last witness testified before the court on September 18, 2014.

Last year, the Islamabad High Court ordered the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to re-investigate the case to ascertain role of facilitators in the imposition of emergency in the country on November 3, 2007.

Musharraf, who is facing multiple charges including treason and murder over the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, arrived in Dubai on March 18 for what his lawyers said was urgent medical treatment after a three-year travel ban was lifted.

Musharraf was banned from leaving Pakistan in March 2013 after he returned to the country on an ill-fated mission to contest elections. The former ruler was barred from taking part in the polls and instead faces a barrage of legal cases

Meanwhile, despite security reassurances from the interior minister, Pervez Musharraf has declined to come back to the country.

The court had ordered the federal government on March 16 to take all necessary steps to ensure that the former president was brought back to the country from the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The court had also said in its order that the former military ruler’s arrest should be made possible by seeking help from Interpol. It had also ordered the interior minister to cancel the national identity card and passport of Musharraf.

The case which was started in 2013 revolves around the imposition of emergency in Pakistan by the former military ruler in November 2007 by showing utter disregard for the constitution

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