Pak court debates right to order treason case against Mush
Last Updated: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 12:01
  
Lahore: A Pakistani court has asked a petitioner to come up with arguments on whether superior courts can order the registration of a case of high treason against former President Pervez Musharraf for subverting the constitution.

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court, while hearing a petition seeking registration of a case of high treason case against Musharraf, observed yesterday that under Article 6 of the constitution, only the parliament has the right to initiate such proceedings.

The court asked the petitioner to come up with arguments on whether superior courts can order the registration and adjourned the hearing till next week.

Lawyer Illamuddin Ghazi, who filed the petition, levelled several allegations against Musharraf, including that of sabotaging the constitution during the 2007 emergency, suspending and detaining the Supreme Court Chief Justice and other judges of the superior judiciary and forcing nuclear scientist A Q Khan to make a false admission regarding nuclear proliferation.

Ghazi alleged that during Musharraf's regime, "thousands of girls and boys" were killed with phosphorus bombs during a 2007 army operation against radical elements holed up in the Lal Masjid in Islamabad.

He claimed that Musharraf was also involved in a suicide attack on former premier Benazir Bhutto shortly after her homecoming in October 2007 in which about 140 people were killed.

He also alleged that Musharraf had ordered the murder of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti and threatened his (Bugti's) family members to leave the country.

Ghazi said Musharraf joined the US-backed war on terror after the 9/11 terror attacks without having the consent of the nation and also handed over innocent citizens to America.

He requested the court to direct the federal government to lodge a case against Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution and bring him to court to make him answerable for his "wrong-doing".

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, April 27, 2010, 12:01


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