The federal govt has asked the court hearing Musharraf’s treason case to wrap it up soon

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The federal government has filed an application asking the court hearing the treason case against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf to wrap up the case soon.

The two-member bench hearing the case on Monday was informed by the prosecution’s lawyer that General (retd) Musharraf has not appeared in court despite multiple summons issued to him.

Justice Yawar Ali questioned whether the trial can continue in General (retd) Musharraf’s absence. He needs to record his statement about the allegations leveled against him under Section 342 of the Pakistan Penal Code, which refers to wrongful confinement.

The former president’s lawyer, Akhtar Shah, said that he wants to appear before the court but is not doing so due to security concerns. He will return when his health permits, he said.

Justice Ali asked whether a fugitive’s lawyer could appear in court. At the next hearing, the lawyers will argue on the legal aspects of Section 342, he said.

The court also expressed anger over prosecutor Akram Sheikh’s leaving the courtroom without informing the court.

The hearing was adjourned till August 29. The interior secretary has been asked to personally appear at the next hearing.