Court rejects Musharraf’s petitions in treason trial

The court had earlier on Thursday reaffirmed its previous order on non-bailable arrest warrants against Musharraf if he refused to appear before it on March 31 for indictment.



By Afzal Khan

Published: Sat 29 Mar 2014, 9:43 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 1:46 AM

The special court, currently conducting treason trial against former military ruler, has rejected all his petitions apparently designed to delay or offset indictment on charges of suspending the constitution and sacking or detaining over five dozen judges of superior courts.

The court had earlier on Thursday reaffirmed its previous order on non-bailable arrest warrants against Musharraf if he refused to appear before it on March 31 for indictment.

Thursday was a day of twists and turns in the treason case. The high drama was capped by a walk-out from the courtroom by the head of three-member bench Justice Faisal Arab. His act triggered intense media speculation that he had quit the special court over claims by Musharraf’s defence lawyers that he wasn’t impartial.

But at the end of the day, the court quashed speculations that Justice Arab had quit the bench leading to its disintegration. The defence lawyers insisted that Arab had categorically recused himself from the case which meant that it would have to be reheard from the start. They threatened to challenge Justice Arab’s reversal and announced that they call for playing the video clips of the Thursday’s proceedings.

The court also dismissed petitions against the non-bailable arrest warrant of Musharraf.

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