The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed the counsel for former President Pervez Musharraf to supply a travel itinerary of his client the following month, as his return would enable a particular court to proceed in the high treason case.
As Musharraf, the only real accused in the entire case, has been absconding since March 2016, there’s been no progress inside it for days gone by two years, dawn news reports.
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The special court seized with the high treason case had made a decision to progress last month and constituted a commission to record a statement of Musharraf under Section 342 of the criminal procedure code and the prosecution and defence counsel were likely to advance final arguments.
When the IHC division bench resumed hearing of the case on Monday, defence counsel Salman Safdar requested it to adjourn the proceedings explaining that the special court was lying dormant following the retirement of its president, former chief justice of the Lahore High Court Yawar Ali.
The bench, however, suggested to the counsel to go to his client in Dubai and convince him to handle trial and bring the former leader back when possible.
“It might be best for Gen Musharraf if he comes home and face trial,” remarked the bench.