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Pak rejects Musharraf's conditions for his high treason trial

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

has rejected former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's demands of military security and safe passage to to face his high treason trial, saying an "absconder" cannot give conditions and "dictate his prerequisites" to the

The federal yesterday told a three-member special that being an absconder for high treason, 73- year-old Musharraf cannot seek any relief until he surrenders before the which is trying him in the high treason case.


"An absconder cannot dictate his prerequisites to the and give conditions, that too his own subjective satisfaction, as to when he will appear and for how long," the said in its response.

Musharraf filed an application before the special on May 5 in which he expressed willingness to face the trial under military protection. He also sought assurance from the that he would be given safe passage back to

The government, through its chief prosecutor Mohammad Akram Sheikh, said, "The application has been filed only to prolong the conclusion of the trial," the Dawn reported.

"That similar applications requesting 'foolproof' security and citing medical and security reasons have previously been made in the other cases pending against the absconding accused but no other allowed these requests." it said.

However, the said it was willing to provide "all due security" to Musharraf "as per his entitlement".

It also said that measures of effectiveness of the security could not be left to the whims of the absconding suspect, as in that case, security measures would never be found adequate.

The federal said Musharraf's demands were delaying tactics and said the suspect's conduct showed he had no desire to appear in

The government's response also expressed doubts over the authenticity of the medical reports filed by Musharraf's counsel.

"There is neither any independently verified evidence of the ailments and travel restrictions nor has any material been placed on record," it said.

"The attestation by consulate general of Pakistan, is dated August 9, 2016, whereas the body of the vakaltnama (power of attorney) has an overwritten date as April 30, 2017, which on the face of it shows that it is not an authentic document," the response said.

According to the reply, the through its order dated July 19, 2016, declared Musharraf to be a proclaimed offender/absconder. Perpetual arrest warrants have been issued against him, after which proceedings to confiscate his properties have also been initiated.

The asked the to dismiss Musharraf's application seeking military security and safe passage to Dubai, and to take "all appropriate coercive measures to procure the attendance of absconding accused to complete the trial".

The special will resume proceedings in the high treason trial on May 19.

Musharraf imposed emergency in 2007 by suspending the constitution is high treason according to the constitution in and carries maximum death penalty.

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First Published: Thu, May 18 2017. 14:48 IST
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