Interpol has rejected Pakistan’s request to bring Musharraf back, the interior secretary tells the court
Interpol rejected Pakistan’s request to return former military dictator General (retired) Pervez Musharraf, who is wanted in a high-profile treason case, the interior secretary told a special tribunal on Wednesday.
A two-member bank, consisting of Judge Yawar Ali and Judge Mazhar Akbar, cited the correspondence that took place between the Interior Ministry and Interpol before the next hearing date.
On the other hand, the prosecution’s lawyer, Akram Sheikh, excused himself from continuing the case. The court accepted your request.
“We have no objections,” said judge Ali. “You can distance yourself from the case.”
When the court asked about the arrest of (retired) General Musharraf, Interior Secretary Yousuf Naseem Khokhar said that Interpol had rejected Pakistan’s request. According to Interpol, the request can not be met, as it is against Article C of its rules, said the secretary. He also quoted Interpol as saying that the arrest could not happen since the case is political in nature.
The hearing was postponed until September 11.
On August 20, the federal government had filed an application asking the court to end the case soon. The attorney for the prosecution informed the two-member tribunal that the (retired) general Musharraf had not appeared in court despite the multiple citations that had been sent to him.
Judge Ali questioned whether the trial could continue in the absence of General (retired) Musharraf. You need to register your statement about the accusations made against you under Article 342 of the Pakistan Penal Code, which refers to unfair confinement.
The lawyer of the former president, Akhtar Shah, said he wants to appear in court but does not do so due to security concerns. He will return when his health permits, he said.
Judge Ali asked if a fugitive’s lawyer could appear in court. The court also expressed its anger at the fact that the prosecutor Akram Sheikh left the court without informing the court.