The government on Wednesday submitted a reply in the Supreme Court for the trial of former President Pervez Musharraf, saying that it will form a committee including members of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to collect evidence against the accused.

Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, announced this week his government will pursue high treason case against Pervez Musharraf in the Supreme Court for abrogating the country’s constitution when he imposed emergency rule in November 2007.

The apex court had set a three-day deadline to finalise a mechanism for treason trial. The attorney general Munir A Malik then called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss the case.

Several individuals had filed petitions, seeking trial of Musharraf for high treason, in the Supreme Court, however, legal experts were of the view that the high treason trial could only be initiated if the federal government approaches the courts.

 

Shriaf announced in the National Assembly that Musharraf had twice abrogated the constitution and he must face courts.

 

“We have decided high treason case against Musharraf according to Article 6 of the constitution,” the Prime Minister said in the National Assembly or Lower of the Parliament.

 

Opposition parties welcomed Sharif’s announcement and announced support and demanded high treason charges against all those who had supported Musharraf’s action.

 

Musharraf had dismissed the government of Nawaz Sharif in October 1999 and later sent him into exile to Saudi Arabia.

 

Gen Musharraf, who returned to the country in March after three-year exile, is presently under house arrest at his farmhouse in Islamabad due to cancellation of his bail in the murder case of a tribal elder Nawab Akbar Bugti in 2005.

 

Besides treason charges and Bugti case, he is being tried in the judges’ detention case and Benazir Bhutto’s assassination case.

 

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