press trust of india
ISLAMABAD, 6 JUNE: A Pakistani court today allowed the trial of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for sacking
and detaining dozens of judges in 2007 to be conducted at his farmhouse that has been declared a “sub-jail”.
Islamabad High Court said anti-terrorism court Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi could conduct 69-year-old Mr Musharraf’s trial at his farmhouse in the suburb of Chak Shahzad. The court gave its ruling after its Registrar and Mr Zaidi reviewed security arrangements at the farmhouse.
The anti-terrorism court is hearing a case against Mr Musharraf for detaining dozens of members of the superior
judiciary after imposing emergency rule in 2007.
Islamabad had no anti-terrorism courts till recently and the court was created specifically for Mr Musharraf’s trial.
The Chief Commissioner of Islamabad had recently issued a notification
for conducting Mr Musharraf’s trial at his farmhouse but it was later withdrawn after Mr Zaidi raised concerns about his security.
Mr Zaidi also informed Islamabad High Court in writing about his security concerns.
Mr Zaidi had sought the establishment of a courtroom within Mr Musharraf&’s farmhouse and a bulletproof vehicle for his personal use due to security concerns associated with the high-profile case.
Reports said the administration of Islamabad had set up the courtroom and asked the Cabinet Division to provide a bulletproof car to the judge. The anti-terrorism court is currently located in the congested district and sessions court complex in Islamabad. The administration of Islamabad recently recommended that Mr Musharraf’s trial should be held at his farmhouse because he would be exposed to threats every time he was driven from his residence to the court complex in the heart of Islamabad.
The Pakistani Taliban have issued at least two videos in which they threatened to kill Mr Musharraf for carrying out operations against militants during his rule.
The anti-terrorism court has scheduled the next hearing of the case against Mr Musharraf for 6 June.