ISLAMABAD: The special court formed to try former President Pervez Musharraf for high treason ordered him to appear on February 18, while Justice Faisal Arab remarked that a non-bailable warrant for Musharraf would be issued if he failed to appear before the court.
Earlier, a three-member special court headed by Justice Faisal Arab and comprising Justice Tahira Safdar and Justice Yawar Ali resumed the hearing in Islamabad on Friday.
During today’s proceedings, the former president failed to appear before the court, while his counsel submitted a request seeking exemption for his client from appearing before the court.
Musharraf’s lawyers filed requests in the court to not issue any directives before any decisions on their client’s plea for exemption and other miscellaneous petitions have been announced.
The lawyers said petitions were pending in relation to the court’s jurisdiction and the judges comprising the special court, adding that a decision should also be reached on whether Musharraf’s trial should be moved to a military court.
The next hearing in the case will be on February 10, but Musharraf is not required to attend.