Aitzaz demands open trial of Musharraf in treason case; says army has no need to show reaction on trial

Aitzaz demands open trial of Musharraf in treason case; says army has no need to show reaction on trial | PakistanTribeISLAMABAD – Leader of the opposition in Senate Chaudhry Aitzaz Ahsan has said that there should be open trial of former dictator Parvez Musharraf in treason case.

He said showing any reaction by army over the matter of Parvez Musharraf trial is irrelevant, adding that it is matter law and constitution. He said that a case of high treason is being initiated against a person who clamped the emergency on 3rd November 2007 and put the constitution of the country at abeyance. He said Musharraf could face a long trail in treason case. He said that the high jacking case against Mian Nawaz Sharif was fake.

While talking to media persons outside the Supreme Court Aitzaz Ahsan said Musharraf was not given immunity on the 3rd November 2007 actions, which he had received on 12th October 1999 actions. He said both parliament and court did not awarded immunity to Musharraf for his action of 3rd November 2007. He said that the three judges of the high courts are initiating trial of Musharraf, adding Musharraf could file appeal against verdict in Supreme Court of Pakistan. He said Attorney General Munir Malik is saying right because Musharraf himself fixed responsibility on him for clamping emergency on November 3rd, 2007.

He said Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry would also not present when the trial of Musharraf would be initiated, adding that Musharraf and his lawyers would challenge the constitution of the tribunal. He said eight days are left in the retirement of General Kayani, adding that it would not be possible to complete the trial of Musharraf in this period.

He said that it is also possible that Musharraf will go in writ petition over the matter. Aitzaz Ahsan said that in the current case the challan of I is being present, adding that Musharraf said I did this I did this, I did this and I did this. He said Musharraf could be held responsible. He said prosecution has no need to go above these facts, adding that Musharraf could file objection that so and so general, governor and former prime minister Shaukat Aziz should be tried with him in the case. He said that the court will take decision whether the matter could be broadened or not. He said that the evidence is being present against Musharraf in a limited circle. He said that America and Saudi Arabia has nothing to do with this matter, adding this is internal matter of Pakistan. He said it is hoped that both countries will not try to influence the matter. He said that if Musharraf would be tried in fair manner then no one would be bothered about the matter.

Replying a question said that US and Saudi Arabia helped Nawaz Sharif to go outside the country after getting life imprisonment in plane high jacking case, adding that it was question whether high jacking was done or not, adding that the high jacker was on the earth and plane was in the air, adding this whole story was wrong. He said Musharraf had arrested the family members of Nawaz Sharif also including his father, mother, wife, brothers and children. He said in current case only Parvez Musharraf is arrested. He said that the chosen judges of the high courts have given names for the tribunal, adding that the transparency is vital for giving the names of the judges for the tribunal.

Aitzaz Ahsan said that he was the counsel in case of chief justice, adding that the proceedings should be carried out against one person instead of any institution. He said presenting judges as witnesses in case is another matter, adding that the putting constitution of the country at abeyance is another matter, after which the judges were detained. Judges would have to give their testimonies if the charge of placing them under house arrest is also brought forth by the government, he said. He said the technical problems are present in the formation of the tribunal.

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