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Pak 2007 emergency based on Shaukat Aziz’s ‘secret letter’, claims Musharraf’s counsel

Islamabad, Apr. 24 (ANI): The legal counsel of former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf has claimed that the November 3, 2007 emergency was imposed on the basis of a top secret letter written by then prime minister Shaukat Aziz which contained the names of all government functionaries who were taken on board.

Counsel Raja Ibrahim Satti told a three-member Supreme Court bench that Musharraf alone could not be held responsible for the imposition of emergency. He said the offence of treason is an offence of conspiracy or mutiny and can never be attributed to a single person as all the conspirators, executioners or persons obeying such a command are equally liable, reports The Express Tribune.

Satti also claimed that the judges who had violated their oath and taken oaths under the new setup are also liable, therefore there will be a long list for the purpose of prosecution.

The bench, with Justice Khilji Arif Hussain and Justice Ejaz Afzal Khan as the other two members, was hearing six identical petitions seeking the initiation of a trial against Musharraf under article 6 of the constitution and the provisions of the High Treason Act 1973.

Satti, a member of a team of lawyers representing the former dictator, also argued that all the petitions banked heavily on the 2009 judgment and an order of the SC issued on November 2007, but both the decisions were biased and needed to be revisited by a full bench.

Urging the court to direct the removal of Musharraf’s name from the Exit Control List (ECL), he said that the former army chief was “needed by his ailing 95 year old mother in Dubai”. (ANI)