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Serious terror threat to Musharraf, says counsel

ISLAMABAD: Former president Pervez Musharraf stayed away from the Special Court on Tuesday, as high treason hearing against him resumed, ARY News reports. 

Special Court adjourned hearing of high treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf till March 14. Defence counsel Ahmed Raza Kasuri informed the court that his client faces terrorist attack threat. 

Three-judges bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab hearing charges under Article-6 against Musharraf for proclamation of emergency in November 2007.

Ahmed Raza Kasuri, the counel of the former president, informed the bench that the life of his client has been in danger due to serious terrorism threat. 

Kasuri, submitted a letter of the interior ministry to the court with regard to security concerns about Musharraf. The counsel said if Musharraf suffered any incident after the court summons him, three judges of the bench will be held responsible. 

He said the complainant of the case, the interior ministry, is itself saying that Musharraf's life has been in danger. Planning has been made to kill Pervez Musharraf like former Punjab governor Salman Taseer, he said. 

Justice Faisal Arab asked the defence counsel to avoid sentimentality and plead the case. 

Chief Prosecutor Akram Shaikh informed the court that security has been stepped up for Musharraf and the number of policemen for his security has been increased from 1100 to 2200. 

The bench adjourned the hearing and ordered Musharraf to appear before the court on Friday. The former president is likely to be indicted in the case on that day. 

Justice Faisal Arab also ordered the interior ministry to ensure foolproof security arrangements for Pervez Musharraf. 

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