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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