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Pak govt may shelve Musharraf treason case

Pak govt may shelve Musharraf treason case Pakistan is considering shelving the treason trial against former military ruler General (retd.) Pervez Musharraf in order to mend fences with the powerful Army.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had initiated the treason case against Gen. Musharraf in December 2013 for abrogating the Constitution in 2007 when he had imposed emergency.

The three-bench special court conducted 80 hearings to dispose of some 26 petitions, which the defence filed to delay the case.

The Express Tribune has reported that after surviving a wave of protests in 2015, the government wants the issue to linger on till the functioning of a special tribunal created to try Gen. Musharraf becomes irrelevant.

Already, the official prosecution team has refused to prosecute abettors in this case, citing it as “unending process of trial”.

“This is part of a new strategy in the changing circumstances after the Peshawar incident,” commented an Interior Ministry official, adding that “it is also part of overall scheme of the federal government to improve relations with the military establishment”.

– PTI