Islamabad - A division bench of Islamabad High Court (IHC) Tuesday made it clear that the court had not restrained the Special Court from proceedings against former President Pervez Musharraf in high treason case.

The court further observed if the Special Court wanted to conduct hearing of the case, it can start the proceedings. The division bench of IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi and Justice Aamir Farooq made these observations while hearing the petitions challenging Special Court’s orders dated November 21, 2014.

The four identical petitions were filed by former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, former judge of Supreme Court Justice (Retd) Abdul Hameed Dogar, former Law Minister Zahid Hamid and former President District Bar Association Rawalpindi Taufiq Asif Advocate who had challenged the Special Court’s verdict in which it had directed the federal government to include the names of former PM Shaukat Aziz, former Federal Law Minister Zahid Hamid and former Supreme Court judge Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar as co-accused of Musharraf in high treason case.

During the hearing, the court also directed all the parties to inform the date for next hearing of these petitions after consultation so that court could decide this matter.

One petitioner Taufiq Asif appeared before the court that his petition is different from that of Shaukat Aziz, Justice (Retd) Abdul Hamed Dogar and Zahid Hamid while this court had restrained the Special Court to conduct the hearing. At this juncture, Justice Qureshi made it clear that IHC had not issued any stay order in this regard.

Previously, the federation of Pakistan had apprised the IHC that it is ready to initiate investigations against former PM Shaukat Aziz, Justice (Retd) Abdul Hameed Dogar and former Federal Minister Zahid Hamid in high treason case.

Additional Attorney General (AAG) Afnan Karim Kundi had appeared before the court representing the federation and informed the court that the Special Court issued the judgement dated November 21, 2014 without hearing the petitioners and no investigations were held against them so far. In this regard, he told the court that federal government is ready to initiate investigations against all of them.

Advocate Iftikhar Gillani, the counsel for Justice (Retd) Abdul Hameed Dogar, had contended that the Special Court had no powers to nominate accused in this case. He requested the court to declare the said judgement as null and void.