islamabad - The Islamabad High Court will take up former judge of Supreme Court Justice (Retd) Abdul Hameed Dogar’s petition challenging a verdict of Special Court about reinvestigation of high treason case today (Wednesday).

A division bench of IHC comprising Justice Noor-ul-Haq N Qureshi and Justice Aamer Farooq will conduct the hearing of the petition moved by Justice (Retd) Dogar. The former SC judge moved the petition through his counsel Barrister Iftikhar Hussain Gillani and challenged Special Court’s verdict dated November 27 in which a three-member special court hearing the high treason case against former military ruler General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf had ordered reinvestigation of the case. In his petition, he cited Special Court, secretary interior and former President Musharraf as respondents and prayed the court to declare the said order of the Special Court as null and void.

The special court had noted in the order, “We are of the view that for conducting an inquiry or investigation into an offence punishable under the High Treason (Punishment) Act 1973, the power is vested with the Federal Investigation Agency under Section 5 (1) of FIA Act 1974.”

The Special Court, comprising judges of three high courts, was established for the trial of the former army chief under Article 6 of the Constitution. The SC had ordered the investigation team to record afresh statements of former Army Chief Pervez Musharraf, Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and ex-Law Minister Zahid Hamid.

The court said on the basis of fresh statements the investigation team shall be free to form an independent opinion about them in the investigation report. However, it clarified that the job of the team is only to collect evidence and place it before this court.

Earlier, the Islamabad High Court on the petitions of Shaukat Aziz, Zahid Hamid and Abdul Hameed Dogar had ordered reinvestigation into the case. Pervez Musharraf on 7th November, 2007, not only imposed emergency but also promulgated Provisional Constitutional Order while the judges of the superior courts were asked to take fresh oath under the PCO.