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Government dismiss the entire prosecution team in Musharraf treason case


The government on Thursday de-notified the entire prosecution team in the high treason case against former military dictator General (r) Pervez Musharraf, for abrogating and subverting the Constitution by proclaiming emergency in the country on Nov 3, 2007.

The prosecution team was hired in November 2013, during the tenure of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Nawaz Sharif.

According to local media reports, the special court hearing the treason case against Musharraf for violating Article 6 of the Constitution adjourned the hearing without any proceedings on Thursday after it was informed that the government had dismissed the prosecution team.

Renowned lawyer Akram Sheikh was heading the prosecution team. He resigned soon after the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s (PTI) victory in last year’s general elections. However, the remaining team members including Tariq Hassan and Nasir ud Din Nayyar continued working.

A special court led by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth and comprising Justice Nazar Akbar and Justice Shahid Karim noted that it had received a notification wherein the interior ministry had de-notified the prosecution team.

A notification says that the step has been taken under Section 4-A of the Central Law Officers Ordinance, 1970, which deals with appointments made by the president. It says that the services of the teams have been “disengaged”.

Musharraf was indicted in the case in March 2014 for suspending the Constitution in 2007. In 2016, he left to seek medical treatment in Dubai and hasn’t returned since.

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