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ATC summons 18 prosecution witnesses in judges’ detention case

 An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday issued summons to call 18 witnesses from the prosecution in the judges’ detention case against former president Pervez Musharraf.

The witnesses include 13 senior lawyers and three police officials who will record their statements before ATC Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi at Pervez Musharraf’s farmhouse in Chak Shahzad on June 21.

Former investigator Hakim Ali Khan is among the police officials summoned.

The proceedings are being held at Musharraf’s farmhouse, declared a sub-jail by authorities, due to security reasons.

The case over the detention of the judges is based on an FIR filed against Musharraf in August 2009. The FIR itself is based on a complaint by a lawyer named Chaudhry Muhammad Aslam Ghumman.

Ghumman had asked police to initiate proceedings against Musharraf for detaining over 60 judges, including Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhary, after imposing emergency on November 3, 2007. The case is one of the three against Musharraf in courts within Pakistan.

On June 15, ATC Judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi ordered the prosecutor to submit evidences. Following the orders, the court staff on Tuesday issued summons to 18 prosecution witnesses.

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