ISLAMABAD- The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) today presented the investigation report in the special court during the hearing of the treason case against the former military ruler Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
The three-judge court, headed by Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court, heard the case pertaining to treason charges against Musharraf. The abettors of the 2007 emergency decision as enlisted in the report, Former Governor Punjab retired Lt-Gen Khalid Maqbool, Governor Sindh Ishratul Ibad, Sharifuddin Pirzada and former attorney general Malik Mohammad Qayyum, denied being accomplices to the alleged crime.
The then secretary interior also expressed unawareness about any prior knowledge regarding the decision of the imposition of the Nov 3 emergency. The former attorney general Qayyum said that he did not have any prior information about the decision. The report said that no meeting of the cabinet was held on Nov 2, 2007.
A one page application written by Joint Secretary Interior Chaudhry Mubarak was also presented along with the report. The FIA report comprising of 237 pages, contained statements of 24 witnesses on 97 pages. The report included summary of the testimonies on six pages and apart from statements it also had 125 documents attached with it.
The court summoned the Interior Secretary Shahid Khan on May 20, saying that failure to do so could lead to ending of the case. Musharraf’s defence counsel, Barrister Farogh Naseem, says the report will help him defend his client in the legal battle.