Published On: Fri, Mar 28th, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Justice Faisal Arab rescues from high treason case against Pervez Musharraf

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ISLAMABAD: Justice Faisal Arab heading 3-member Special Court (SC) in high treason case against Pervez Musharraf has refused to hear the case and rescued him from the bench upon leveling of charges of partiality against him by counsels of former president .

He remarked “ if someone thinks we are demonstrating partiality then we too don’t take any interest in hearing of the case.

SC led by Justice Faisal Arab took up for hearing high treason case against the former president on Thursday. During the course of hearing of application filed by counsels for Pervez Musharraf seeking correction in respect of Anwar Mansoor statement in SC March, 14, 2014 orders, Anwar Mansoor said while addressing Justice Faisal Arab “we are not satisfied with the hearing of this case.

Anwar Mansoor said “ I did not say that Pervez Musharraf does not intend to come to court. I had said Musharraf could not appear in the court due to security concerns. The court also accepted security threats being faced by the accused. He was granted exemption after his plea for security threats was accepted. Issuance of non bailable arrest warrants is not matter of joke.

He said that the court changed the meaning of his arguments. “ I had said if the accused is ready to appear in the court then non bailable arrest warrants are not issued, he added.

Justice Faisal Arab remarked “ if there is any objection over the court’s order then it can be rectified.

Justice Faisal Arab further remarked “ if you think the court is not neutral then we too don’t have any interest in the case”.

He observed if the arguments are given continuously this way then he will not be able to hear the case. There is no shortage of judges in the country and he can not hear the case further.

Talking to media men later, Anwar Mansoor said “ rescuing from bench is discretionary power of Justice Faisal Arab. We did nothing.

Ahmad Raza Kasuri said to media men “ rescuing of Justice Faisal Arab from the bench is not our success. We had given arguments that appearance of the accused in the court was not possible and non bailable arrest warrants were issued upon it.}