The treason trial against former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf will continue, come what may, judges of the Supreme Court said on Monday.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, expressed annoyance at the former president’s continued absence from court and rejected his lawyer’s appeal to have the trial postponed.
Justice Khosa said sometimes Musharraf goes to the hospital and sometimes to his house. After the last hearing, we were sure that he would be admitted to the hospital, he said, adding that it seems his car takes wrong turns while coming to court.
The court has given Musharraf three options to record his statement – the first is that he presents himself at the next hearing, the second that he record his statement via video link and the third is that his lawyer presents it on his behalf.
However, General (retd) Musharraf’s lawyer said he is not one to accept defeat. He wants to come back but his heart freezes, he informed the court.
He said the former president’s statement cannot be recorded via Skype.
Justice Khosa said General (retd) Musharraf used to show fists but cautioned that he shouldn’t show the court one. Under Article 187, the court is granted exceptional powers, he noted, adding that General (retd) Musharraf’s trial will be conducted under any and all circumstances.
It’s best that you find a solution, otherwise the court will issue an order, said the top judge.