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Government to pursue Musharraf treason case
By Tariq Butt / Agencies June 22, 2013
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ISLAMABAD: The Nawaz Sharif government has decided to let former president Pervez Musharraf face high treason charges for abrogating the Constitution, said a news report.

A federal minister said that in the Supreme Court case seeking Musharraf’s trial for treason charges, the government would support upholding the Constitution and the rule of law instead of saving the former president from trial, the report published in the daily The News said.

The minister, who holds an important cabinet portfolio, said as indicated by Nawaz Sharif prior to his appointment as the prime minister, the government would support Musharraf’s trial under on high treason charges.

A few days back, the newly-appointed Attorney General Munir A Malik met the prime minister to know his views about the government’s stance on the issue of Musharraf’s trial. The meeting was held to decide the stance to be taken by the government before the apex court on June 24 when the case would be heard by it.

Former Attorney General Irfan Qadir, while representing the caretaker government, had submitted a statement saying that the interim setup was not interested in prosecuting Musharraf.

In its last hearing of the case, the court made it clear that it would implement article 6 of the Constitution in Musharraf’s case even if heavens fall.

The three-member bench comprising Justice Jawwad S Khawaja, Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan also observed that hearing case would be decided in accordance with the law.

The Nawaz Sharif government, the minister said, would assure that the court decision would be implemented. Under the law, the interior secretary has to lodge a complaint against Musharraf under the Article 6 read with High Treason (Punishment) Act 1973 for subverting or abrogating the Constitution.

The caretaker government was asked by the court to proceed in the case in line with the Constitution but it had flatly refused to initiate the treason trial of Musharraf, contending that it was beyond its mandate.

In its last hearing of the case, the Supreme Court had made it clear that it would implement the Article 6 of the Constitution in the Musharraf treason case even if heavens fall.

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