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Islamabad High Court rejects plea to drop terrorism charges against ex-president Musharraf

The bench dismissed the petition because of Shah’s repeated absence during the hearing of the case.

SNS | New Delhi |

The Islamabad High Court on Wednesday dismissed a petition that sought deletion of terrorism charges against former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf and transfer of the judges, detention case from the Anti- Terrorism Court (ATS) to the sessions court.

An IHC division bench comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb resumed the hearing of the petition filed by Musharraf through his lawyer Akhtar Shah, Dawn news reported.

The bench dismissed the petition because of Shah’s repeated absence during the hearing of the case.

The former President has been seeking deletion of terrorism charges and subsequent transfer of his case from the ATC to the sessions court on the ground that initially the FIR was registered under the Pakistan Penal Code against him in connection with the detention of 60 judges of the superior judiciary after the imposition of emergency on November 3, 2007.

The prosecution has laid entire evidence against the accused in this case.

However, the trial is at a standstill as the former leader is absconding in the case.

In May this year,  Musharraf’s health all of a sudden started deteriorating and was taken to a hospital.

Musharraf has been living in Dubai since March 2016, is facing treason charges for suspending the Constitution in 2007, a punishable offence for which he was indicted in 2014.

Earlier, a special court while accepting Musharraf’s request to postpone the hearing of the high treason case against him adjourned the hearing till June 12. During the hearing, Musharraf’s counsel Salman Safdar informed the court that his client is unable to walk and he also could not speak well.

Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, has been declared a fugitive in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case and the Red Mosque cleric killing the case.