Pak govt asked to respond to Musharraf extradition petitions

Two petitions seek the extradition of former Pak president Pervez Musharraf.

Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 12:05 PM IST

Lahore: A Pakistani court on Thursday asked the federal government to respond within 10 days to two petitions seeking the extradition of former president Pervez Musharraf and the registration of a case of high treason against him.

Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed of the Lahore High Court observed that several months had passed since the petitions were taken up by the court but the government had not yet furnished its response to them.

The Deputy Attorney General appeared in the court yesterday and sought more time to file a reply.

Saeed then asked the government to submit a reply in 10 days and adjourned the case till March 25.

The court was hearing two petitions filed by Ilamuddin Ghazi and Aziz Ahmad Awan.

Ghazi, a lawyer, levelled 15 allegations against the former military ruler, who is currently living in self-exile in Britain.

He alleged that Musharraf had dissolved an elected Parliament without "any cogent reason just to save his own skin" in 2007.

He also contended that Musharraf had violated the Constitution by preventing judges of the Supreme Court and High Courts from performing their duties.

Accusing Musharraf of killing "thousands" of people during the military operation against Lal Masjid in Islamabad, Ghazi claimed the former president joined the United States in the war on terror after the 9/11 incident without the country`s consent.

Awan, in his petition, had asked the court to issue directions to the government to extradite Musharraf and seek Red Corner notices from the Interpol in this regard.