On Tuesday, a special court trial of treason charges against retired General Pervez Musharraf requested authorities to freeze the former president’s bank accounts and seize his assets.

The court was headed by Chief Justice Peshawar and consisted of three other members. High Court Justice Mazhar Alam Miankhel also passed orders about the non-attendance of the accused before the court regardless of repetitive warnings.

Justice Miankhel commented that the court cannot conduct additional trials in the absence of the accused. “According to law, the accused cannot be trialed in absentia,” he asserted.

The Judge added that the defiance of the accused forced the court and the special court to command authorities to freeze Musharraf’s bank accounts and confiscate his property.

“A compliance report of the orders must be submitted with the court,” the court ordered.

The hearing was also adjourned by the court until the ex-president is under detention or surrenders.

Pervez Musharraf exited the country on March 18, a few days after the Supreme Court endorsed the Sindh High Court orders to eliminate his name from the exit control list (ECL).

The court has also confiscated the collateral bonds acquiesced by Musharraf’s underwriter Rashid Qureshi, as well as compelled him to submit a totality of Rs2.5 million as collateral deposit to the Registrar of the special court.

The former President’s lawyer said that his client is unwell and so left the country to receive medical treatment. The lawyer then appealed to the bench for a statement from Musharraf to be recorded via Skype which was rejected.

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