The Pakistani Supreme Court has shot down a bid by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to overturn a guilty verdict in his long-running treason case, arguing he must turn himself in to authorities before making any appeal.
The self-exiled former president, who has stayed in India for medical treatment since 2016, was denied an appeal in Pakistan’s highest court on Friday. A document purported to be the court’s rejection notice circulated online, stating Musharraf had “not yet surrendered himself” in compliance with previous judgements, and therefore his request was “not entertainable.”
سپریم کورٹ رجسٹرار آفس نے سابق صدر پرویز مشرف کا حصوصی عدالت کی فیصلے کے خلاف اپیل پر اعتراض لگا کر واپس کردی، کہا گیا ہے کہ پہلے سزا یافتہ کو خود کو قانون کے مطابق حکام کو گرفتاری دے#musharraf#specialcourt#supremcourtpic.twitter.com/PRwnLjCko1
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Musharraf’s attorney, Salman Safdar, confirmed the court’s decision, but said his client would file another appeal within a month’s time, noting he had “already prepared arguments for this purpose.” Though the court document said the former ruler’s appeal lacked legal validity, it specified that he would be permitted to challenge the move. (RT)
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