Pervez Musharraf demands presidential security to appear before court in Islamabad; case adjourned till 27 August

Islamabad: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on Monday sought presidential security to appear before a court in Islamabad in a high treason case citing threats to his life.

File image of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf. Getty Images

File image of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf. Getty Images

During Monday's hearing, Musharraf's attorney, Akhtar Shah, told the Justice Yawar Ali-led two-member bench of the special court that his client would return and "appear before the court if he is given presidential level security by the defence ministry", reports Dawn news.

"Musharraf's life is in danger... There were two attempts on his life, once in the Islamabad court and the other in Quetta during the Akbar Bugti case hearing," Shah added. In response, a bench member said, "There is a non-bailable warrant out against Musharraf, so to provide him security is the government's responsibility."

The case against the former leader is for suspending the Constitution on 3 November, 2007 — an offence for which he was indicted by the special court on 31 March, 2014. That same year, the state prosecution laid down all its evidence but the progress in the case still slowed down due to Musharraf who filed multiple petitions against his trial at the appellate forum.

In March 2016, he left the country for Dubai to "seek medical treatment" and has not returned since, Dawn reported.

Regarding the federal government's request to wrap up the case quickly, Justice Yawar observed, "It is necessary to record Musharraf's statement."

Musharraf has failed to appear before the court despite repeated summons. In July, the case had suffered a blow when the head of the prosecution Mohammad Akram Sheikh, whom the Pakistan Muslim League- Nawaz (PML-N) government had appointed, tendered his resignation citing an "imminent change of government at the Centre".

The court adjourned the case until 27 August.

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Updated Date: Aug 20, 2018 15:38:32 IST

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