ISLAMABAD: A special court seized with the high treason case on Wednesday rejected former military ruler Pervez Musharraf’s plea, seeking to postpone the hearing against him on medical grounds.
When a three-member special court bench headed by Justice Tahira Safdar resumed hearing in the case, Musharraf’s counsel Salman Safdar argued that his client was facing precarious health condition and he was not fit to travel to Pakistan. He pleaded that the hearing should be postponed and give to his client another chance to appear before the court in person.
Musharraf’s lawyer argued that his client was fighting for his life and he was losing his weight rapidly after he underwent cardiac chemotherapy.
The counsel contended that though he felt ashamed in seeking adjournment at every hearing, the health condition of his client was deteriorating with each passing day. He said that his client was on wheel-chair and he could not even walk.
To this, Judge Tahira Safdar remarked that the Supreme Court had issued clear instructions in this regard and the hearing could not be dragged. The prosecution raised objections to the plea.
The court, meanwhile, ordered the law ministry to set up a penal of lawyers, who could defend the accused in the court during the trial. The special court also sought the monetary details, expected to be spent on the lawyers’ panel, from the law ministry till June 27 and adjourned the case.
The special court’s order has virtually revoked Musharraf’s right to choose his own defence in the high treason case.