PESHAWAR (9 News) – After the retirement of Justice Tahira Safdar, the federal government appointed Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth as the bench’s new head in high treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf.
The three-judge bench of the special court, headed by Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth, accepted a plea by Musharraf’s to postpone the hearing on the grounds of his counsel’s ailment.
The petition requesting adjournment stated that Musharraf’s counsel, Raza Bashir, was suffering from dengue and is currently under treatment at a hospital. However, the court nominates new defence counsel in Musharraf treason case
The hearing of the treason case against Musharraf was adjourned till October 24 by the special court. The court has decided to conduct the hearing of the case on a daily basis from October 24.
Earlier, a special court rejected former president Pervez Musharraf’s pleas for his acquittal and a delay in the high treason case.
Announcing the reserved verdict on Wednesday, the court withdrew the right of Pervez Musharraf to defence in court. The court ruled that trial could not be postponed due to illness of an accused. It remarked that they cannot give more opportunity to Musharraf on the order of the Supreme Counrt.
The court ruled that trial could not be postponed due to illness of an accused. It remarked that they cannot give more opportunity to Musharraf on the order of the Supreme Court. The court remarked that Musharraf could the lawyer of his choice if he surrenders to the law.
The former army chief, who took power in 1999, is facing a treason trial under Article 6 of the Constitution as well as Section 2 of the High Treason Act on a complaint moved by the federal government.
The trial court, in line with the Supreme Court’s (SC) directive, was scheduled to record Musharraf’s statement to complete the trial but he could not appear before the court due to medical reasons.