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Lahore High Court accepts Musharraf’s petition seeking to stop verdict in high treason case

Justice Syed Mazhar Ali Akbar Naqvi of the Lahore High Court (LHC) removed its objections and admitted Dubai-based Musharraf’s petition for hearing, the Dawn News reported. The LHC also sought replies from the federal government and the Ministry of Interior by November 28. A separate petition was also filed by the interior ministry in the Islamabad High Court to stop the special tribunal from issuing its verdict in the treason case against Musharraf.

On Monday Justice Naqvi had directed Musharraf’s lawyer Khwaja Ahmed to give arguments regarding the maintainability of the petition. The LHC had questioned whether the plea falls under its jurisdiction as the 76-year-old former president is a resident of Islamabad, the Geo News reported. The court had also said that the case is with the Supreme Court and under the circumstances the petitioner should reach out to the apex court.

The special court had on November 19 concluded the trial proceedings in the high treason case against Musharraf for declaring a state of emergency in 2007 and had ruled that a verdict would be announced on November 28. Musharraf, who is living in Dubai in self-exile, challenged the special court verdict in the LHC on Saturday and sought suspension of his trial in absentia. If found guilty, Musharraf could be sentenced to death. The petitioner said that since Musharraf was not present in the country, the tribunal should be asked to wait until he got well and came back to face the trial.

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