Musharraf treason case: IHC halts announcement of special court ruling in


The Islamabad High Court halted a special court from issuing a ruling in the high treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf. 

The special court was set to announce the ruling in the treason case tomorrow. The IHC was hearing petitions filed by former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government to postpone the announcement of the judgment.

In a hearing conducted today in Islamabad, a three-member bench of the high court, comprising of IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, Justice Aamer Farooq and Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani first heard the petition filed by the PTI government.

Additional Attorney General (AAG) Sajid Ilyas Bhatti represented the government in court. Former President Musharraf was represented by lawyer Salman Safdar. Justice Minallah first addressed the additional attorney-general in his remarks. 

“Is there an official notification about the formation of the special court?” the judge asked and was told by Bhatti that an official notification in this regard existed. The court also expressed displeasure over the absence of Law Secretary Muhammad Khashih-ur-Rehman from proceedings. 

However, upon a second summon to appear in court, the law secretary arrived in court at around 1:30 pm. The court reprimanded the bureaucrat for being late, suggested reports.   

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