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SC asks Musharraf to appear over treason

Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Monday ordered former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to appear before it on Tuesday over treason allegations. It also instructed the government to put the former president on its Exit Control List, barring him from leaving the country for an indefinite period.

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued notices to Musharraf and the federal government to submit their stance on the issue. The court told the Islamabad police chief to ensure that the former president or his lawyer is presented before the court on Tuesday.

Earlier, on Sunday night, the Chief Justice withdrew himself from the three-member bench that was formed to hear a petition challenging the nomination of Musharraf to run for elections.

In its comments on Monday, the Supreme Court noted that it was necessary to issue notice to the respondents in these petitions. “The office shall ensure service of notice to the respondents for tomorrow,” Justice Jawad Khawaja told the court, referring to Musharraf and the state.A number of petitions have been admitted by the Supreme Court and the Lahore High Court challenging the candidature of General Musharraf and seeking that he be tried for treason for imposing martial law in the country in 1999 and also declaring emergency in 2007. Musharraf returned to Pakistan in March. At the time time of his arrival, the former army chief had vowed that he would contest all the court cases that were filed against him. Prior to his arrival, Musharraf’s lawyers had applied for and succeeded in securing pre-arrest bail for their client.

Earlier, Musharraf had told a press conference he would contest from Islamabad, Karachi, Kasur and Chitral.

 

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