ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Law, Justice and Human Resources on Monday sent a letter to the Supreme Court of Pakistan for constitution of a special court to try General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
The Chief Justice has been requested to constitute a three-member special court, which could try Musharraf in the high treason case.
The letter reads: “Federal Government has decided to invoke the power vested in it under Section 4 of the Criminal Law Amendment (Special Courts) Act, 1976 (Act No.XVII of 1976) to establish a special court to try General (retd) Pervez Musharraf for various offences falling under Section 2 of the High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973 (Act LXVIII of 1973.
“The law provides that the special court shall comprise of three serving judges of high courts. Since there are five high courts and it would be difficult to nominate three judges from these five high courts for the special court, therefore, it would be appropriate that the apex court may nominate any three judges from the high courts for the said special court.
“It is, therefore, requested that the instant matter may please be placed before the Hon’ble Chief Justice of Pakistan for the nomination of three judges from the high court. It is also requested that out of three judges, one may be nominated to be the president of the special court. The special court will function at Islamabad.” The letter was signed by Secretary Law and Justice Zafarullah Khan.