KARACHI - Sindh High Court on Tuesday issued notices to former President General (r) Pervez Musharraf and former Attorney General Malik Qayyum for seeking explanation over the petition moved by Moulvi Iqbal Haider till May 19. Sharif Peerzada, former Attorney General of Pakistan as respondent, along with his counsel, Aziz A Munshi, appeared before the division bench comprising Justice Musheer Alam and Justice Safdar Ali Bhutto. He requested the court to grant him further time to submit his comments over the petition. In this way, the court adjourned the hearing. Meanwhile, neither the other respondents nor their counsel appeared as per court orders. The petitioner, Moulvi Iqbal Haider, chairman of Awami Himayat Tehreek Pakistan (AHTP), moved the petition under Article 199 of the Constitution of Pakistan. The petition was aimed at seeking trial of former president and his allies Sharifuddin Pirzada and Malik Qayyum over the charges of high treason, as they abated in abrogation and subversion of the Constitution of 1973, either by proclaiming or assisting in proclaiming Provisional Constitution Order (PCO 2 of 2007). The other respondents in the petition are federal law secretary, federal interior minister and Home Secretary Sindh. The petitioner acknowledged that deposed CJ and a number of judges remained firm and rejected all offers as well as intimidations to take oath or re-appointment in the PPP government. This determination and the continued movement by lawyers reached its pinnacle when Long March commenced on March 12 and was called off on night between March 15-16 when Prime Minister announced reinstatement of Justice Iftikhar as CJP with his team from March 21. While tracing the judicial and constitutional history of relying on Article 6 of the Constitution, petitioner said that democratic government which came after martial law or dictatorship, never tried the abrogates and their un-constitutional acts were given legal protection by act of parliament. He submitted that all acts committed by the former President, Pervez Musharraf on Nov 02, 2008, were illegal and thereafter all amendments made by him were also illegal. Musharraf and all those who supported him, should be liable to be proceeded under the high treason and should be brought to the justice. He also prayed to declare that the person or persons, responsible of government functionaries institutions, including (r) General Pervez Musharraf, Sharifuddin Pirzada, Malik Qayyum and others who intentionally and deliberately violated the order dated 3rd November 2007, were required to be proceeded in accordance with law. He further declared that Pervaiz Musharraf, the then Chief of Army Staff and President of Pakistan, Mr. Sharifuddin Pirzada and Malik Qayyum and others who extended support to Musharraf with regard to issuance of proclamation of Emergency, PCO 2007 and Oath of Office (Judges) Order, 2007, under which the provisions of the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan were made in abeyance and thereafter many provisions of the Constitution were amended. Hearing adjourned In another case, a full bench of Sindh High Court adjourned the hearing over the petition moved by Sindh High Court Bar Association (SHCBA) pertaining to appointments of judges in the high court till April 21. The full bench comprised of Justice Mushir Alam, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain, Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Maqbool Baqar and Justice Faisal Arab was conducting the hearing, in which Attorney General of Pakistan Abdul Latif Khosa appeared before the bench. He opposed to give any explanation over the judges appointments in the high court, while submitted his comments by representing the government. Khosa maintained that according to the rules, the consultation and recommendations regarding the appointments of judges could not be justified publicly. He said that the appointments were made according to the constitution and the issue is the internal matter of the judiciary and it should be remained furtively. He further told that nothing was done unconstitutionally regarding the appointments of the judges, while it would not be in the interest of the judiciary to make the record publicly. On the occasion, Advocate General Sindh Muhammad Yousuf Leghari said that the rules of the courts could not be violated at any cost. The plaintiff challenged the judges appointments and extension of their jobs tenure in SHC by seeking direction to the federal secretary law and justice for producing record of the consultation pertaining to appointment of judges in high court. In the petition, the plaintiff impugned appointment of Justice Bin Yamin as permanent judge, reappointment of Justice Agha Rafique Ahmed Khan by giving him benefit of 19 months of service during 1995 and onward, while extension of six months given to Justice Syed Pir Ali Shah and Justice Arshad Noor Khan as additional judges of SHC.