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Plea filed against representatives who held presser after Musharraf case verdict

Plea filed against representatives who held presser after Musharraf case verdict
December 26, 2019
ISLAMABAD (92 News) – A plea has been filed against the government representatives who held presser after the announcement of high treason case verdict in the Supreme Court on Thursday. According to the reports, Special Assistant on Information Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, Law Minister Farogh Naseem, Attorney General Anwar Mansoor Khan and others have been nominated in the petition while media channels have also been made party for further proceedings. The petitioner stated that these representatives have carried out contempt of court by insulting the decision of treason case against Pervez Musharraf during their presser. The claimant demanded the authorities to launch action against the mentioned names under Article 204 of the Constitution and disqualify them from their public offices. “As per law, no one has right to scandalize any judge. The government leaders have attacked the freedom of judiciary with their pressers,” the petition stated. The petitioner further stated that supporting a proclaimed offender comes under violation of law. Earlier on December 17, the special court handed down death penalty to former president Pervez Musharraf in the high treason case. A three-member bench of the special court headed by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and comprising of Justice Nazar Akbar of the Sindh High Court (SHC) and Justice Shahid Karim of the LHC announced the short verdict. However, one of the judge dissented from the sentence. According to the verdict, Pervez Musharraf had violated the constitution on November 3, 2007. It has been stated in the verdict that the violation of the constitution is proved against Pervez Musharraf and he is awarded death penalty under Article 6. The high treason case against the former president for clamping the state of emergency on Nov 3, 2007, has been pending since December 2013. He was booked in the treason case in December 2013. Musharraf was indicted on March 31, 2014, and the prosecution had tabled the entire evidence before the special court in September the same year. However, due to litigation at appellate forums, the trial of the former military dictator lingered on and he left Pakistan in March 2016.