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Govt, not the court, allowed Musharraf to leave country: SC

High treason case
INP
ISLAMABAD
The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the registrar of the special court to submit report regarding the delay in the high treason case against former army chief and president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf within 15 days and sought a reply from the government regarding measures taken for his return to the country.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa issued notice to the registrar of the special court seeking report on the cause of delay in hearing of the trial. Justice Mazhar Alam and Justice Sajjad Ali Shah are other two members of the bench. The bench was hearing a contempt petition filed by the Lahore High Court Bar. Advocate Taufiq Asif told the top court that Pervez Musharraf is out of country and that is the reason behind delay in trial. LHC bar had filed a petition for initiation of the high treason case under Article 6 of the Constitution.
“The statement of the accused in court is a concession for him,” the top judge said.
An accused asked in his statement under Section 342 CrPC, if he is agreed or not with the witness accounts, the chief justice remarked. Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa remarked that the special court was directed to complete the trial as soon as possible in Abdul Hameed Dogar’s case. He ordered the attorney general to submit reply till March 25 regarding the steps taken by federal government to bring Pervez Musharraf back.
The bench issued notices to the Federation, Pervez Musharraf and the registrar of the special court.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said can the government and court become helpless against a suspect. He said the court will decide whether Musharraf is deliberately missing the hearings.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said the former president was allowed to go abroad by the government, not by the court. Musharraf’s statement can be recorded through a video link, he added.
“If Pervez Musharraf still refuses to record his statement, the special court can write ‘denied’ before every statement by the suspect,” the chief justice said.
Justice Asif Saeed Khosa affirmed that cases will not be postponed from now onwards, and told that 2000 pending cases have been solved in a month and half.



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