LAHORE  -   The head of prosecution team in high treason case against former military ruler General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf on Monday moved an application before Islamabad’s Special Court requesting it for withdrawal of his power of attorney after the formation of new government.

Advocate Muhammad Akram Sheikh, the head of the prosecution team, had moved an application for resignation from the office on July 30.

A Special Court comprising Lahore High Court (LHC) Chief Justice Yawar Ali, Balochistan High Court (BHC) Chief Justice-designate Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Nazar Akbar of the Sindh High Court (SHC) has been hearing the high treason case of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf. The trial against Pervez Musharraf has been pending since March 2016 as the ex-President left he country after his name was removed from the Exist Control List (ECL). 

Former PML-N government had lodged the complaint against Musharraf in December 2013 for holding the Constitution in abeyance on November 3, 2007.

Akram Sheikh said that he had rendered appearance in the case with utmost dedication and mindful of the implications that it is not only a case of first impression but also entails risk to one’s personal security, professional practice, risk and threat of security to the family. 

He said that since the first hearing of the case on Dec 24, 2013, he has been appearing diligently in the matter and cannot reconcile the letter of special law and its sporadic application in this case.

Akram Sheikh said that he was disillusioned to see that after elections a new Federal government has come into existence and the new Minister of Law & Justice is the former senior counsel of the accused and another former senior counsel of the accused has been appointed as Attorney General of  Pakistan.

The applicant said that since the case involves a fundamental civil-military relationship, the new Federal government must have an opportunity to decide how they would like to handle this case.

Anticipating the change in Federal government and before proceeding abroad for a personal visit for which the permission from the Supreme Court had been obtained, he said that he submitted his resignation to the caretaker government on July 30, 2018, to which he did not receive any response while he was in the country.

He said that in his absence his office received a letter from the Federal government  on August 17, 2018 in which he was apprised that resignation has not been accepted/approved so far and decision on resignation is likely to take more time in view of change of government. He said that other members of his team rendered appearance before the Special Court on August 20, 2018.

Pervez Musharraf was indicted on five counts on March 31, 2014 and the prosecution completed its evidence on September 18, 2014 within six months of his indictment.

The applicant asked the court to grant him permission for withdrawal from the prosecution team in Musharraf’s high treason case.