Musharraf's lawyers 'threatened with beheading'

Islamabad: Pervez Musharraf's lawyers today said the Pakistani Taliban had threatened them with beheading if they continued to represent the former military dictator and called for a change in the venue of his high-profile treason
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PTI March 05, 2014 17:06 IST
Islamabad: Pervez Musharraf's lawyers today said the Pakistani Taliban had threatened them with beheading if they continued to represent the former military dictator and called for a change in the venue of his high-profile treason trial.

The lawyers produced a handwritten letter sent to them allegedly by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), asking them to disassociate themselves from the case.  

Musharraf's counsel Ahmad Raza Kasuri said TTP has threatened his client's legal team including himself, Anwar Mansoor and Sharifuddin Pirzada.

Kasuri read out the letter, signed as “people of South and North Waziristan” in a special court hearing the former president's high-treason trial.

“We cannot go ahead with this case in these conditions,” he said, before reading out the letter.

“Dear Sirs, we request that the three of you stop representing Musharraf otherwise we will destroy your children and behead all of you,” the letter was quoted as saying by media reports.

70-year-old Musharraf's lawyers also submitted an application from him, seeking permission to travel abroad for treatment and also to attend to his “seriously ailing mother”.  Similar requests have been denied by the court in the past.

Kasuri said that the court, which has been set up at the National Library here, should move to a safer location after the suicide attack on a local court in Islamabad on Monday that killed 11 people, including a judge.  An application has been filed in this regard by the lawyers.

 
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