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‘Absconder cannot dictate pre-requisites to court’: Pak govt rejects Musharraf's conditions to face trial for high treason

In an application filed before a special court earlier this month, Musharraf had expressed willingness to face trial under military protection and sought assurance from the court that he would be given safe passage back to Dubai.
India TV News Desk Islamabad May 18, 2017 14:20 IST
India TV News Desk

The Pakistani government today rejected the conditions put forth by former President and Army chief Pervez Musharraf to face trial in a case of high treason.

In an application filed before a special court earlier this month, Musharraf had expressed willingness to face trial under military protection and sought assurance from the court that he would be given safe passage back to Dubai.

In a response submitted to the three-judge special court seized with the high treason case, the Nawaz Sharif government said that Musharraf, being an absconder for high treason, cannot seek any relief until he surrenders before the court, Dawn online reported.

"An absconder cannot dictate his pre-requisites to the court and give conditions, that too his own subjective satisfaction, as to when he will appear and for how long," the response stated.

"The application (by Musharraf) has been filed only to prolong the conclusion of the trial," the government through its chief prosecutor in the case, Mohammad Akram Sheikh, said.

However, the government added that it was willing to provide all due security to Musharraf, as per his entitlement.

The government asked the court to dismiss Musharraf's application seeking military security and safe passage to Dubai, and to take all appropriate coercive measures to procure the attendance of absconding accused to complete the trial.

The special court will resume proceedings in the high treason trial on Friday.

With IANS Inputs