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Special Court hears treason case

ISLAMABAD: The counsels of former president Pervez Musharraf begun their counter arguments during hearing of the treason case against him on Thursday, ARY News reported.

A three-member special court headed by Justice Faisal Arab resumed the hearing today.  

Earlier, chief prosecutor Akram Shaikh in his arguments said that under Article 90 the Prime Minister and the Federal Cabinet have no role in the matter. 

Defence counsel Anwar Mansoor in his arguments said that the judges of the bench have been posted by a Grade-21 government officer, while the special court and posting of judges is discretion of the federal government. 

Musharraf's counsel said that the prosecution have confessed that the case has not been instituted by the prime minister or the federal government. A person sitting in the federal government has filed the case. He said the prime minister can delegate his powers to the cabinet but no minister could delegate his powers to a secretary or any other official. 

He said the federal government had constituted an inquiry committee and that committee was not empowered to launch a case. The report of the inquiry committee was not submitted to the cabinet and neither the cabinet made decision with regard to instituting a case. 

Earlier, chief prosecuting officer Akram Sheikh said that the investigating officer could appear before the bench if required and that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had not interfered in the probe of the case.

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