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Musharraf’s legal eagles fall into downward spiral

ISLAMABAD:Led by one of the country’s most senior lawyers, Sharifuddin Pirzada, Pervez Musharraf’s legal team has so far failed to get relief during the ongoing proceedings of the high treason case.

During the special court’s hearings, Musharraf’s team raised several objections over the constitution and jurisdiction of the three-member court. His lawyers alleged bias of judges and also requested that the court grant exemption to the “high level accused” in the case first because of security concerns and later on medical grounds. But the court was not convinced and ordered for his personal appearance. The court also held that appropriate orders shall be passed in case of failure.

The court twice sought the medical report on the health condition of Musharraf from the AFIC and refused to give exemption to the accused subsequently. Musharraf’s legal team has also taken this matter on different platforms to seek remedies. The Islamabad High Court (IHC) rejected Musharraf’s lawyers’ objections over the constitution and jurisdiction of the special court to initiate the treason trial. The objection against the appointment of the prosecutor was also turned down. The defence team also filed the same objections before the special court, but it is yet to announce its decision.

After alleging bias of the special court, the defence team later retracted its objections over Justice Tahira Safdar and also tendered an apology for their oversight when she presented her clarification.

Musharraf’s legal team had also challenged the July 31, 2007 judgment of the apex court in which the November 3, 2007 emergency rule imposed by Musharraf was declared as illegal and unconstitutional. A 14-member larger bench of the apex court had rejected the petition. On January 31 (today), the special court had issued bailable arrest warrants against Musharraf.

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