Pakistan Court mulls options for recording Pervez Musharraf in treason case

Vastavam web: A special court hearing the treason case against Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday ordered the preparation of a questionnaire for the former military ruler and sought assistance to determine whether or not he can record his statement via video link. The previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had filed the treason case against the ex-army chief general (retd) Musharraf in 2013 over the imposition of extra-constitutional emergency in November 2007.

The trial has not seen much progress since Musharraf, 75, left went to Dubai in March 2016 after his name was removed from the Exit Control List. He has not returned since, and is said to be suffering from Amyloidosis, a rare condition for which he has been receiving medical care. However, Musharraf’s lawyer maintained that the former president’s presence in court was essential and that his statement could not be recorded via video link, the report said.

The prosecution lawyer said that Musharraf’s not recording his statement in the case should not hinder it, and that the trial should move forward. The bench asked that assistance be provided to ascertain whether the former president could record his statement via video link within the parameters of the law.

In 2018, the special court resumed proceedings in the treason case and ordered the blocking of Musharraf’s identity card and passport. However, ex-chief justice Saqib Nisar while hearing a case regarding Musharraf’s disqualification in the run-up to the 2018 elections had allowed him to return and restored his travel documents. The former dictator, however, did not return.