A special court in Islamabad hearing the high treason case against former president general (retd) Pervez Musharraf on Thursday said it would pronounce the verdict on December 17 even if both sides ‘ arguments had not been completed by then.
The statement was made by the special court’s three-member bench, led by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth, who today held a hearing of the case against the former president.
Lawyers from the new prosecution team told the court that more time was needed to prepare for the trial. Justice Seth commented in response to this that they needed to set aside other cases and focus on this one.
Justice Nazar Akbar added that to prepare the case, four days were more than necessary. Prosecutor Ali Zia Bajwa told the court that there was a lot of pressure on them after taking the stand.
“What kind of pressure on a lawyer can there be?”Justice Akbar asked Bajwa, adding that the role of an attorney was to assist the court. Bajwa replied to this that 15 days should be provided to prepare the case.
Rejecting the plea of the plaintiff, Justice Seth said that no postponement would be granted and a written order specifying that arguments would be completed by December 17 should be submitted.
He said, “The case’s hearing will be delayed until December 17. Written arguments to be submitted two days before the said date. “It is appropriate to mention here that the Special Court on November 19 had said that the verdict in the case would be declared on November 28, before it was barred by the Islamabad High Court (IHC).
The special court said last week that it would allow Musharraf to make his statement in the high treason case until December 5, but noted that it was not bound to follow the order of IHC not to announce the verdict.