Pak court puts off hearing on plea for Musharraf extradition



Lahore: A Pakistani court Monday adjourned the hearing of two petitions seeking the extradition of former President Pervez Musharraf and registration of a case of treason against him until November 1.

The Lahore High Court put off the cases after Deputy Attorney General Tanveer Hashmi appeared before the judge and sought more time to respond to the petitions.

Justice Azmat Saeed accepted his request and adjourned the matter till next month.

The two petitions were filed by lawyer Ilamuddin Ghazi and Aziz Ahmad Awan.

Ghazi levelled 15 allegations against the former military ruler.

He alleged Musharraf had dissolved an elected parliament without "any cogent reason just to save his own skin".

Ghazi contended that Musharraf had violated the constitution when he prevented judges of the Supreme Court and four High Courts from performing their judicial duties and detained Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry with his children during the 2007 emergency.

He also alleged that Musharraf had ordered the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Khan Bugti and that Musharraf had joined the US in its war on terror after the 9/11 incident without the Pakistani nation's consent and handed over innocent citizens to America.

Ghazi requested the court to direct the federal government to lodge a case of treason against the former President.

Awan, in his petition, asked the court to issue directions for Musharraf's extradition and issuance of an Interpol Red Corner Notice.

Musharraf, who quit as President in 2008 to avoid being impeached, has been living in self-exile in London since last year.

He recently announced his return to active politics through his All Pakistan Muslim League party but has not set a date for coming back to the country.

PTI