Monday, March 31, 2014

Musharraf indicted in treason case.

ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf has been indicted in the treason case under hearing by the special court on Monday here, Geo News reported.
Musharraf is accused of treason under Article 6 for suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution, imposing an emergency in the country in November 2007 and detaining judges of the superior courts.
The former president has rejected all the charges levelled against him.
A three member bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab is hearing the treason case against Pervez Musharraf.
During today’s hearing, Pervez Musharraf has said, “He does not expect justice from present rulers.”
Musharraf also said that he gave 44 years of his life to Pakistan Army and made defense invincible, adding that he gave repute and progress to this country, does it mean treason?
"I honour this court and prosecution, I strongly believe in law I don´t have ego problems, and I have appeared in court 16 times in this year in Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi," the 70-year-old, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, said.
"I am being called a traitor, I have been chief of army staff for nine years and I have served this army for 45 years. I have fought two wars and it is ´treason´?" Musharraf declared a state of emergency in November 2007 amid mounting legal challenges to his rule.
Barrister Farogh Naseem is pleading case of former president Pervez Musharraf in Special Court. He has requested Special Court to let Musharraf go to US for treatment.
Barrister Farogh Naseem also submited request in Special Court, seeking permission for Musharraf to visit her ailing Mother abroad.
For nearly three months, Musharraf has been in the AIFC where he was taken after developing a cardiac condition.
Musharraf had to rush to the AFIC on Jan 2 after he suffered chest pain while he was on his way to the special court. Initially, he was kept in the ICU but was later shifted to a room.
Late on Saturday, Musharraf was again moved to the AFIC’s ICU after his condition deteriorated due to stress upon receiving the news of his mother's illness who is currently hospitalised in Sharjah and is suffering from respiratory complications.
Earlier, non-bailable arrest warrant for Musharraf were issued in case he failed to appear before the court today.
Security measures at the Special Court were beefed up in anticipation of Musharraf’s appearance in court today, in compliance with an order issued on March 14, demanding his presence – enforced or voluntary – in the dock.
Islamabad police had covered their bases; a four-member committee was formed to escort the former president from the AFIC to court, where he has been admitted since January 2. Security passes were issued to a select few only and a police team was formed to arrest the retired general and bring him to court in the event that he refuses to appear voluntarily.

link: http://www.geo.tv/article-143025-Musharraf-indicted-in-treason-case

Musharraf makes second court appearance in treason case.

ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf has made his second court appearance in the special court conducting his treason trial on Monday here, Geo News reported.
Earlier, it was reported that Pervez Musharraf has left the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiolgy (AFIC) for appearance in the special court as against the reports that his BP suddenly shot up, shifted to the ICU and there was 50/50 chance of his appearance in the court.
Musharraf is likely to face indictment in the high treason case today.
Musharraf had to rush to the AFIC on Jan 2 after he suffered chest pain while he was on his way to the special court. Initially, he was kept in the ICU but was later shifted to a room.
Late on Saturday, Musharraf was again moved to the AFIC’s ICU after his condition deteriorated due to stress upon receiving the news of his mother's illness, who is currently hospitalized in Sharjah and is suffering from respiratory complications.
Earlier, non-bailable arrest warrant for Musharraf were issued in case he failed to appear before the court today.
For his appearance in the special court today, three different routes were set up by the capital police before Musharraf’s departure from AFIC.
A police squad and commandos had reached AFIC early in the morning to escort Musharraf to the court's premises.
For the former president’s security, three thousand police and Rangers personnel were deployed on the routes. The police squad is being headed by Superintendent Police Islamabad Mustanser Feroz and strict security measures were also in place outside AFIC.
Meanwhile, Musharraf’s lawyer Ahmad Raza Kasuri told media that defence lawyers would not appear in court as the case had taken on a political nature.

link: http://www.geo.tv/article-143021-Musharraf-makes-second-court-appearance-in-treason-case

Musharraf’s counsels decide to boycott special court.

ISLAMABAD: A team of counsels defending the former military ruler General (reted) Pervez Musharraf in treason case have decided to boycott the proceedings of the special court.
According to the sources, the decision was taken as Justice Faisal Arab would continue to hear the treason case.
The sources said Musharraf counsels are of the view that Justice Faisal Arab had decided to dissociate himself from the hearing.
The counsels claimed that Justice Faisal Arab’s remarks against Anwar Mansoor are unnecessary and against the facts, the sources added.

link: http://www.geo.tv/article-142987-Musharrafs-counsels-decide-to-boycott-special-court

Monday, March 10, 2014

Former CJP Iftikhar Chaudhry ready to publish his Book.

ISLAMABAD: Sources said that Former Chief Justice of Pakistan Mr. Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry, who is known for his blunt decisions, is now ready to give new entry as his two books related were in last phase of printing while he has also been offered by a newspaper to write articles.
According to reports, these books are response of former military ruler Gen (retd) Pervaiz Musharaf book.
It has been written in English and Urdu. English one is written by foreign scholar whereas Urdu book by Pakistani journalist.
Book chapters have been distributed on former chief justice’s personal life, friends, advocacy, being a judge, appointment as chief Justice, Pervaiz Musharaf emergency imposition, restoration of judges, progress made by judiciary up to now.
Foreign social organization also has increased contacts with Iftikhar Chaudhry and supporting their countrywide visits.
In this regard he has met with foreign social organization delegation last week, who offered him for their effective support to countrywide visits and other social activities, but he didn’t give clear response.
Iftikhar Chaudhry has also been offered by national daily to write columns but he didn’t respond them as well.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

IHC directs govt to provide bullet proof car to ex-CJP.

ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court on Wednesday directed the government to immediately provide a bullet proof car to former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Express News reported.
In his verdict on a petition filed by Advocate Sheikh Ahsanuddin, IHC Justice Shaukat Siddiqui said the former chief justice should be provided security on a par with former prime ministers.
In an earlier hearing on January 4, Siddiqui had said that adequate security should be put in place at Chaudhry’s residence. He had added that the bulletproof vehicle provided previously was ‘out-of-order’.
“Bulletproof vehicles from other government functionaries will also be taken back if the former CJP is not provided with a bulletproof car,” Justice Siddiqui had warned.
He had further observed that the government seemed vindictive towards the former CJP by not providing him enough security.

link: http://tribune.com.pk/story/659031/without-delay-islamabad-court-directs-govt-to-provide-bullet-proof-car-to-iftikhar-chaudhry/

Friday, December 13, 2013

People satisfied with overall performance of judiciary: survey.

KARACHI: Judiciary’s role has gained a significant importance in the society over the past years in Pakistan, according to a survey report.
How people rank the performance of the higher judiciary can be gauged from the results of the survey conducted jointly by Geo News, daily Jang and The News International in coordination with Gallup Pakistan.
The findings show that not only the people’s confidence in courts has improved in the wake of the historic lawyers’ movement in Pakistan but today they praise the role played by the Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and the higher judiciary.
Opinions from more than 2600 people from the four provinces were obtained to compile the survey report.
To the question how they found the overall performance of the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, 53 percent people termed it as ‘very good/ good’. If we break it up then 23 percent people ranked it as ‘very good’ while 30 percent dubbed it as ‘good’.
A total of 11 percent viewed the CJ’s overall performance as ‘bad’ while 10 percent people did not give any reply.
In reply to the next question as to how they see the overall performance of the higher judiciary, 51 percent declared it ‘very good/ good’. Break up: 21 percent ‘very good’ and 30 percent ‘good’.
Thirty percent people described it as ‘average’ while 11 percent viewed it as ‘bad’.
Eight percent people gave no reply to the question.
The third question was: How would you label the higher judiciary - ‘conservative’ or ‘liberal’?
Forty-three percent people said they neither view it as conservative nor liberal but in their opinion it is ‘moderate’.
Thirty-six percent termed it ‘liberal’ while 19 percent dubbed it as ‘conservative’.
Two percent people came up with no reply.

link: http://www.geo.tv/article-129777-People-satisfied-with-overall-performance-of-judiciary-survey