KARACHI - Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday summoned former President Pervez Musharraf and two of his top legal aides, under charges of violating the Constitution, till April 14. A division bench of the SHC, comprising Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali and Justice Karim Khan Agha, issued pre-admission notices to General (R) Pervez Musharraf, former advisor to the government of Pakistan, Shariffuddin Pirzada, and former Attorney General of Pakistan, Malik Muhammad Qayyum, seeking explanations pertaining allegations levelled in a petition filed against them by one Maulvi Iqbal Haider. The plaintiff has pleaded for trial of Ex-President Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf and his legal aides Sharifuddin Pirzada and Malik Muhammad Qayyum on charges of "High Treason" regarding the abrogation and subversion of the Constitution of 1973, either by proclaiming or assisting in proclaiming the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO 2 of 2007)". The petitioner drew the attention of the court to an order passed by a seven-member bench of Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) on March 02, 2007 under which the then President and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) was restrained from taking any supra-constitutional step. Citing the order by the apex court bench, headed by deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, the plaintiff added that Pervez Musharraf ignored the said ruling and appointed Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar as new CJP. The petitioner acknowledged that deposed CJ and a number of other judges rejected all offers and intimidations to take oath under the PCO or re-appointments in the PPP government. The petitioner said that all democratic regimes, which came after martial laws, never held the military dictators accountable for their un-constitutional acts and provided them legal protection through the parliament under the dubious pretexts such as transition towards democratic government. "All acts by the President Pervez Musharraf on Nov 02, 2008, as well as all amendments in the constitution thereafter were illegal. He (Pervez Musharraf) and all those who supported him should be tried for 'High Treason' and punished accordingly," he requested. Maulvi Iqbal Haider, Chairman of Awami Himayat Tehreek Pakistan (AHTP), also pleaded that the person or persons, government functionaries and institutions, including General (R) Pervez Musharraf, Sharifuddin Pirzada, Malik Qayyum and others, who intentionally and deliberately violated the order dated 3rd November 2007, should be dealt with in accordance with the law. He requested the court to declare that General (R) Pervez Musharraf, Sharifuddin Pirzada, Malik Qayyum and all those who extended support to the former dictator with regard to the 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 among them were amended, as criminals. The other respondents in the petition included federal law secretary, federal interior minister and home secretary Sindh.