Senior Counsel Challenges Order Against Musharraf’s ‘Abettors’

While both the government and the men implicated by a special court for ‘abetting’ retired General Pervez Musharraf in the imposition of emergency on Nov 3, 2007 are considering their legal options, a senior counsel challenged the order before the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday.


Taufiq Asif, former president of the Lahore High Court Bar Association’s Rawalpindi chapter, filed a petition against the order of the three-judge special court, handed down on Nov 21. The court had ordered the federal government to include former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, former law minister and, until recently, federal cabinet member Zahid Hamid, as well as former chief justice Abdul Hameed Dogar to be implicated as co-accused in the treason case against the former military ruler.

In the petition, Mr Asif has asked the court to first conclude the trial of Gen Musharraf, as the prosecution has already laid evidence against him. While the IHC registrar’s office has raised certain objections on the petition, as per the procedure, the petition may be fixed before a bench and the same objections would be heard on Thursday. The registrar’s office pointed out that certain key documents were not attached with the petition and objected on the grounds that the proper appellate forum for such a petition was the Supreme Court. -dawn