Court to frame charges against Musharraf on Mar 31

Last Updated: Thu, Mar 27, 2014 20:36 hrs

A special court in Pakistan on Thursday said it will frame charges against former military President Pervez Musharraf on Mar 31 in connection with the treason case, media reports said.

Meanwhile, as against reports that said Justice Faisal Arab had recused himself from the court following an exchange of arguments with Musharraf´s counsel Anwar Mansoor, the judge said he had merely excused himself from Thursday´s hearing.

"Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court on Thursday excused himself from today´s hearing of the treason case against former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf but later had to issue a statement that he had merely walked out of the hearing," DawnNews reported.

"Mansoor told the judges that inclusion of the arrest warrant in the court´s order gave the impression that the former military strongman was not appearing before the court on purpose, adding that that was not the case. He said his client had serious reservations against the court´s move," the newspaper reported.

A Pakistani special court, which is hearing the treason case against former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, had earlier issued a non-bailable warrant against him.

Adjourning the case to Mar 31, the court also ruled on Thursday that its earlier order for the government to arrest and produce Musharraf if he refused to appear before it on the said date on his own remained intact.

Musharraf returned to Pakistan in March last year after years of self-exile in the UK.

Musharraf rose to power in Pakistan in a coup in 1999. He had stepped down from the power in 2008 and was threatened with impeachment, which resulted in his self-exile.

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