Pervez Musharraf, former Pakistan president, is all set to return to his homeland on May 1, according to his counsel’s statements on Saturday, moreover, Musharraf is also slated on May 2 to appear in a special court for his case hearing.
Counsel Suleman Safdar quoting Musharaf’s family told ARY News the ex-president, facing a high treason case, currently in Dubai since 2016 seeking medical treatment, was insisting to return back to Pakistan but, doctors weren’t permitting his request over his medical conditions.
According to ANI news reports, a special court who is hearing Musharraf’s case had earlier ordered him to appear to the court before May 2, the counsel said. He added last month the Supreme Court had ordered Musharraf to appear in the special court before May 2, or else, he would surely lose the right to defend himself and therefore, court’s decision will be based on prosecutor’s arguments.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government has filed the high treason case against Musharraf in 2013, alleging that Musharraf unlawfully had suspended the country’s constitution with a help of the military and had also instituted an emergency rule in 2007.
Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa-led three-member bench of Supreme Court has noted the court’s proceedings of Musharraf’s treason case came to a cease as the ex-president fled to Dubai in 2016 to seek medical treatment and never came back.
While insisting that a trial becomes “unconstitutional” in absence of the suspect, Pakistan Supreme Court’s chief justice Asif Saeed Khosa warned ex-President Pervez Musharraf on Monday of strict motion against him if he doesn’t appear in the court’s hearing to record his statement.
Pak’s SC was hearing a petition legally filed by a lawyer who has stated the courts proceeding of treason case has come to near to a suspension as Islamabad’s former president has, since 2016, not returned to the nation.