Musharraf ropes in legal eagles to defend him in Pak SC

Last Updated: Friday, July 24, 2009 - 19:34

Islamabad: Facing "bad times", former
President Pervez Musharraf has formed a team of top lawyers
and legal experts to defend him after Pakistan`s Supreme Court
summoned him to explain his actions of imposing emergency and
sacking over 60 judges in 2007.

The team will be headed by legal expert Abdul Hafiz
Pirzada, who travelled to London earlier this week to hold
consultations with Musharraf. Top lawyers Khalid Ranjha, Malik
Qayyum and Fawwad Chaudhry are also members of the team.

Chaudhry told TV news channels over phone from London
that Musharraf had said that he had done everything in the
national interest during his tenure as President.

Chaudhry also quoted the former army chief as saying: "I
saw good times, and I will see bad times now."

Musharraf`s legal team is currently preparing arguments
to defend him in the apex court, sources said.

A 14-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief
Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry issued a notice to Musharraf on
Wednesday asking him to explain his decision to impose
emergency in November 2007 and to sack over 60 members of the
superior judiciary who did not endorse the measure. The matter
will come up for hearing on July 29.

Musharraf met Pirzada, former Foreign Minister Khursheed
Mehmood Kasuri and Muttahida Qaumi Movement leader Babar
Ghouri in London yesterday to discuss the implications of the
apex court`s move.

Chief Justice Chaudhry was among the judges deposed by
Musharraf. He was restored to his position in March this year
following country-wide protests by the lawyers` movement and
the opposition PML-N.

The apex court`s action has sparked speculation as to
whether the powerful army will support Musharraf.

Though Musharraf resigned in August last year to avoid
being impeached by the civilian government, political circles
here believe he continues to have the support of the military.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, July 24, 2009 - 19:34

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