Lahore High Court declares trial in Musharraf treason case illegal

The Lahore High Court declared on Monday the trial in the former military dictator Pervez Musharraf treason case illegal. It had earlier reserved its verdict.

Musharraf had initially filed a case to stop a special court from hearing the case and once that court sentenced him to death, he filed another petition seeking to nullify the order.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi heard the case. It issued a short order on Monday.

On Monday, the additional attorney general appeared before the court and said the issue of the treason case was never discussed during a cabinet meeting, nor was it on the cabinet’s agenda. He also said there was no notification available on the formation of the special court.

Musharraf’s lawyer, Ali Zafar, is arguing that by not bringing the matter to the cabinet, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif did not follow protocol. He says the order to file the treason case, is therefore, not valid.

The federal government’s lawyer confirmed that the PM had dealt with the case single-handedly. He sent it to the FIA, which then filed a recommendation and a special court was made.

Musharraf’s lawyer says the basis of the case is wrong. A verdict in the case is expected today.

Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan said that the court had ruled that the special court was not formed according to the law. The federal government is supposed to make the complaint and form the court but in this case the interior ministry did, he told SAMAA TV.

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