ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Wednesday turned down a petition challenging the notification of government about establishing a special court to initiate trial against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in high treason case under Article 6.

The single bench of IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi declared the petition as non-maintainable by maintaining the objections raised by the Registrar Office over the petition. In its short order that was earlier reserved, the court directed the petitioner to approach any appropriate forum for the redressal of his grievances.  During the hearing, the petitioner Riaz Hanif Rahi stated that it is an important and high profile case and all legal and constitutional requirements should be fulfilled. He argued that Musharraf was former president and army chief and how his trial is possible without registering case and arresting him.

The petitioner was of the view that Musharraf would take benefit of these legal lacunas. He maintained that the head of special court was also among the other affected judges who refused to take oath under PCO of Musharraf while another judge is nephew of former judge of Supreme Court Justice (Retd) Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday. He continued that speculations are circulating in the media regarding the two members of the special court and questions are being raised regarding the transparency of proceedings against Musharraf. Therefore, Riaz requested the court to declare the notification regarding the establishment of special court as null and void.

On this juncture, the judge remarked, “Did you want to sabotage the whole process of initiating trial against Musharraf under Article 6?”

The petitioner replied that his demand is not to halt the bench rather constitution of a new bench for the special court.

Earlier, Registrar Office Islamabad High Court had raised objections over the petition challenging the notification of special court.

A local lawyer Riaz Hanif Rahi had moved the court through his petition and challenged the special court for the trail of former president. However, Registrar office of IHC had raised objections that the petitioner is not aggrieved person in this particular case.