ISLAMABAD - Legal team of former president Pervez Musharraf advised him not to appear before the apex court that is all set to hear the two petitions seeking the trial of former dictator for treason under Article 6 of the Constitution for declaring the emergency in 2007.
According to sources close to former dictator, former President Gen (Retd) Pervez Musharraf on Saturday held meeting with members of his legal team which included Sharif-Ud-Din Pirzada, former attorney general Malik Qayum, Justice (Retd) Molvi Anwar-ul-Haq and Naeem Bukhari and discussed the order of Supreme court that will hear the two petitions seeking the trial for treason under Article 6 of the Constitution for declaring the emergency in 2007.
According to sources, Musharraf’s legal team advised him not to appear before the court on Monday; rather renowned lawyer Pirzada should represent him before the court on Monday.
“Musharraf has agreed to stay away from court proceeding. Pirzada is expected to represent him before the court on Monday,” a close aid of Musharraf told TheNation on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, the former president also met with some retired generals and senior members of their political party All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and discussed the strategy to face the Supreme Court and their political rivals.
APML senior leader Saeed Khokher talking to The Nation said that a large number of legal experts were aspirant to represent Musharraf in this case and that Musharraf was not worried following court notice.
“Our leader is a strong man. He has just returned to Pakistan to do something for Pakistanis the corrupts politician want to afraid him however, they will not be successful on their motives,” Saeed Khokhar said.
He added that peoples of Pakistan know that their politicians are corrupt and they were not concerned about the problems confronting common people. Khokhar urged to support Pervez Musharraf as he has just came back to serve them.
Earlier, President LHCBA, Rawalpindi Bench, Taufiq Asif, and Maulvi Iqbal Haider filed the petitions under Article 184(3) of the Constitution.A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, will hear the identical constitutional petitions filed against the former president Pervez Musharraf . On Friday last, another petition was filed in the Supreme Court by former president of the Lahore High Court Bar0 Association (LHCBA), Rawalpindi Bench, Ahsan-ud-Din Sheikh, praying for directing the Federation to prosecute former President Pervez Musharraf under sections 2 and 3 of the High Treason (Punishment) Act 1973.
Both the lawyer leaders made former president Pervez Musharraf and the Federation of Pakistan through the Ministry of Law and Justice and Parliamentary Affairs as respondents.
The petitioners prayed to the apex court to direct the Federation to take Pervez Musharraf in custody. They contended that former president Pervez Musharraf by his acts, and orders of Nov 3, 2007 and later, had assaulted the judiciary and tried to destroy this vital organ of the state, adding that he undermined, curtailed and negated the independence of the judiciary.
The petitioners further submitted that Pervez Musharraf also blocked and obstructed access to justice by detaining the judges holding their offices constitutionally and by substituting them with those appointed unconstitutionally and invalidly. The petitioners recalled that it had been so held by the apex court in the judgment in the Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) case.