The Supreme Court on Wednesday instructed the government to initiate investigation against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in the high treason case.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told the parliament last month that Musharraf will be tried for treason for abrogating the constitution twice.

The government had formally informed the apex court, which had already received several petitions, seeking Musharraf’s trial.

A three-member bench of the Supreme Court, headed by senior judge Justice Jawad S Khawaja‚ in its order, Wednesday directed the government to pursue investigation against the former military ruler under the constitutional provisions in high treason case and complete the investigation in the minimum possible time.

Attorney General Munir A Malik informed the court that the special investigation committee has already initiated its work and assured the court that the government will move forward according to the directions of the court.

The government has formed a committee comprised four senior officers of the Federal Investigation Agency to question Musharraf’s about his actions during his 1999-2008 rule.

Musharraf had dismissed the elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in October 1999 in a bloodless coup shortly after he was removed as the army chief.

The Supreme Court while disposing off all petitions said that all eyes are now on the government as to when it concludes investigation and formally initiate the case.

Musharraf quit as the President of Pakistan in August 2008 and then went into exile.

He returned to the country in March after nearly four years of self- exile to take part in the May 11 general elections. However, the courts disqualified him for standing in the elections.

He has been under house arrest at his residence in Islamabad since April 19. The authorities have declared his farmhouse as sub-jail as he was not shifted to jail over security threats.

He has also been formally charge-sheeted in the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf is also facing trial in the murder of a senior tribal leader, Nawab Akbar Bugti, who was killed in a military operation in 2006.

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