ISLAMABAD – Former president general (retd) Pervez Musharraf’s counsel in high treason case Ahmed Raza Kasuri said on Sunday that his client was ill and could not be able to appear before the court on Monday.
Meanwhile three member special court headed by Justice Faisal Arab and comprising Justices Syeda Tahira Safdar and Yawar Ali Khan would resume hearing of the treason case against former military dictator today (Monday) in National Library Building.
The court on the previous hearing had ordered Musharraf to appear before court on Monday. The court will indict him (Musharraf) during Monday’s hearing.
Meanwhile talking to a private TV channel Musharraf’s counsel Ahmad Raza Kasuri said that he would try to submit Musharraf’s medical report in the court and if the report is not available on time‚ he would file a petition asking the court to exempt him from appearing in person.
Ahmed Raza Kasuri has said his client is ill and not in a position to appear before the court tomorrow.
Kasuri said the whole world known Musharraf is ill and is not in a position to move towards court from hospital.
The 70-year-old was rushed to a military hospital on Thursday after developing what a police official called a “heart problem” while being taken to hear treason charges against him at a special tribunal in Islamabad.
Musharraf’s team says the treason allegations, which relate to his imposition of emergency rule in November 2007, are politically motivated and his lawyers have challenged the authority of the three-judge tribunal.
“Everyone is aware of his sickness. The whole world knows that he is in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and the court also knows that,” lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasur said.
“We just have to make an oral request in the court that since he is not well, his presence should be dispensed with,” Kasuri said.
The ex-dictator spent his fourth day in the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi. The ECG of Musharraf is being conducted after six hours; meanwhile the blood and cholesterol tests of Musharraf were also conducted on Sunday.
The court had adjourned its proceedings Thursday and summoned Musharraf to appear on Monday, but Kasuri said he hoped it would now “exempt his personal presence”.
“The court is not making a special concession to Musharraf. It is according to the law. Human life is over and above justice,” Kasuri added.
Former president general (retd) Pervez Musharraf is being prosecuted under Article 6 of the Constitution for imposing an emergency in the country on November 3, 2007 and for detaining members of the superior judiciary.
Aside from the treason allegations, Musharraf also faces trial over the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, the death of Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti, raid on Lal Mosjid and the detention of judges’.