'Only Musharraf be tried for treason'

'Only Musharraf be tried for treason'

The apex court accepted former chief justice Abdul Hameed Dogar’s appeal to exclude him from the investigation into the treason case launched against 72-year-old Musharraf in 2013 for imposing emergency in 2007 when he was president.

Spelling further trouble for military ruler Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s Supreme Court today ruled that only he should be tried on the charge of treason for subverting the Constitution in 2007.

The apex court accepted former chief justice Abdul Hameed Dogar’s appeal to exclude him from the investigation into the treason case launched against 72-year-old Musharraf in 2013 for imposing emergency in 2007 when he was president.

It removed the names of three persons from the list of accused.

A three-member special court trying Musharraf on November 27, 2015 had directed Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to re-investigate the case by including ex-prime minister Shaukat Aziz, former minister Zahid Hamid and ex-chief justice Dogar.

Dogar had challenged his inclusion in Islamabad High Court, which on December 12, 2015 rejected the plea. It said that the special court trying Musharraf had no jurisdiction to associate any individual with the high treason probe.

“A fresh investigation into the said offence by associating any person with the same lies within the prerogative of the Federal Government,” Justice Asif Saeed Khosa said in the judgment.

Musharraf now lives in Karachi with his daughter. He is not allowed to leave the country under an order by the court.