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Musharraf wants Supreme Court to summon his ‘collaborators’ in proclamation of 2007 emergency

Islamabad, Apr. 25 (ANI): Former Pakistan president General (retired) Pervez Musharraf has said that all the individuals who aided, abated or collaborated with him in the proclamation of November 3, 2007 emergency should also be summoned.

Musharraf contended this on Wednesday before a three-member bench of the Supreme Court.

A counsel representing Musharraf in a reply against one of the petitions filed by Barrister Amjad Malik said that their presence is necessary before proceeding under the constitutional jurisdiction of the Supreme Court under enforcement of the fundamental rights.

According to the Daily Times, Malik explained that the word ‘treason’ against an individual amounts to a wild and reckless allegation of a ‘traitor’.

He added that the proceedings under Article 184(3) of the constitution on such charges would amount to adversely affecting the fundamental rights of Musharraf in terms of articles 4, 8, 10 and 10A of the constitution.

It further said that the current continued proceedings would eventually become a talk of the town and would mean condemning Musharraf without a fair trial the reply stated, the report said.

According to the report, the conscious decision of the caretaker government not to file a complaint under Section 3 of the High Treason Punishment Act 1973 was a policy matter and exercise of any discretion by the Supreme Court in this regard would mean entering into the realm which belongs to the executive, the counsel said. (ANI)