In the lifetime disqualification case against the former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, the Pakistan Apex Court gives him a deadline to be presented live in the court till Thursday afternoon and question how can a commando be so afraid to return to his country.
The three-judge bench team headed by the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP), Saqib Nasir hearing Musharraf’s appeal against his 2013 disqualification by the Peshawar High Court warned Pervez to appear in the court by 2 pm on Wednesday otherwise a decision would be taken as per the law.
Last week, a condition was presented before Musharraf that he will be able to file the nomination papers for the 25 July general election in case if he would appear in person before the court on Wednesday in Lahore for the hearing of the case.
However, he didn’t appear in court on Wednesday despite of the consistent orders from SC to unblock his National Identity card (CNIC) and passport.
Justice Saqib Nasir takes on Musharraf and said, “The Supreme Court is not bound to Musharraf terms. We’ve already said that if Musharraf returns, he will provided with security. We are not bound to provide a written guarantee”.
He further added, “If Pervez Musharraf is a commando, he should show us by returning. Instead of continuously parroting that he will return like a politician. Why does Musharraf need protection, what is he so afraid of?”.
Justice Nasir further stressed that if Musharraf has evaded death many times despite he was never afraid. He should face the court, the law, the nation and the constitution.
Pervez Musharraf was the former Pakistan Army chief who has began his military service in 1964 as a commando of the Northern Light Infantry. He ruled the country from 1999 to 2008. However, he was banned to contest the election for the lifetime by the Peshawar High Court (PHC) for the 2009 judgement in which he declared 2007 emergency as illegal.
He pleaded before the Supreme court to set aside the high court saying that he was condemned unheard without due process of law. Pervez was also found guilty in the Benazir Bhutto murder case and Red Mosque Cleric killing case.