ISLAMABAD: A special court in Islamabad on Monday will resume hearing a high treason case against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf on March 8.
A three-member bench led by Peshawar High Court (PHC) Chief Justice Yahyah Afridi will resume the hearing on the imposition of extra-constitutional emergency in the country in 2007.
The chief commissioner, inspector general and additional IG of police in Islamabad have been directed to arrange “foolproof security arrangements” for the former military dictator.
In April 2014, the special court formally charged Musharraf for imposing emergency rule in the country in 2007. The former president appeared before the three-judge bench, rejecting all charges against him.
According to the prosecution, March 31, 2014, marked the ‘first day’ of Musharraf’s trial as he was finally indicted.
On March 18, 2016, Musharraf flew to Dubai for medical treatment as soon as his name was removed from the Exit Control List (ECL) according to an order by the Supreme Court.
On May 11, 2016, the PHC declared former president Musharraf as the proclaimed offender (PO) in the high treason case.
In May 2017, Musharraf had expressed his willingness to face the trial under the army’s protection and on a surety from the court that he would be given a safe passage to return to Dubai.