Former President and General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, who was due for his treason hearing yesterday, was excused and will not appear before court on the coming Friday, March 14.

Musharraf’s lawyer, Ahmad Raza Kasuri had earlier stated that his client will not appear before the special court set up for his trial unless fool-proof security measures were guaranteed. Furthermore, the Interior Ministry also wrote a letter to security agencies regarding the threats received by Pervez Musharraf and conveyed that the former President was under threat from terrorists.

The three-member bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab postponed the hearing from Tuesday to Friday stating, “In the light of prevailing security threats to Pervez Musharraf’s life, the court exempts the accused from appearing before the court today (Tuesday)”. However, the court asked the Interior Ministry to take the required security measures for Friday, March 14.

“Let all the security measures be taken by Friday on which the accused should appear before this court wherein the charge could be framed against him in the high treason case,” directed the special court.

The court has also asked for the issuance of notices to the prosecution pertaining the application filed by the former General, in which he has asked that all those civilian leaders and military officials who were consulted before the proclamation of emergency be summoned in court.