Special Court rejects Pervez Musharraf’s petition seeking transfer of his trail to military court

Islamabad: The special court constituted to try former president general retired Pervez Musharraf in high treason case has dismissed petition seeking transfer of his trail to the military court. The special court has ordered former president Pervez Musharraf to appear before court on March 11.

Announcing its verdict about the jurisdiction of the court‚ a three member bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab said only the special court is authorized to hear the high treason case. The bench in its judgment said that the army act which has been referred to in the petition no longer exists. It further stated that Pervez Musharraf is no longer a military officer‚ therefore‚ the military court is not authorized to hear his case.

The special court will now continue to hear the treason case against the former dictator. The hearing of the case has been adjourned till fourth of next month. Former President who appeared before the special court in the last hearing on Tuesday, avoided indictment on the request of his legal team, pleading that the jurisdiction of the special court should be decided first and the case be referred to a military court.

The three-member special court bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab and comprising Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali heard the federation’s appeal for initiating a treason trial against Musharraf for subverting the Constitution while issuing the proclamation of emergency rule on November 3, 2007.