Defending lawyer Salman Safdar said that the former president wished to appear in court on May 13. Upon hearing this, the three-member bench headed by Justice Tahira Safdar directed Musharraf to appear in court before Ramazan.
“If he can come to court on May 13, Musharraf can also appear before the court on May 2. If he doesn’t, the court will pass an appropriate order regarding recording his statement,” Justice Tahira said.
On March 25, judges of the Supreme Court had said the treason trial against Musharraf will continue, come what may.
A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, had expressed annoyance at the former president’s continued absence from court and rejected his lawyer’s appeal to have the trial postponed.
Justice Khosa had said sometimes Musharraf goes to the hospital and sometimes to his house. After the last hearing, we were sure that he would be admitted to the hospital, he had said, adding that it seems his car takes wrong turns while coming to court.
The court has given Musharraf three options to record his statement – the first is that he presents himself at the next hearing, the second that he record his statement via video link and the third is that his lawyer presents it on his behalf.
However, General (retd) Musharraf’s lawyer said he is not one to accept defeat. He wants to come back but his heart freezes, he informed the court.
He said the former president’s statement cannot be recorded via Skype.
Justice Khosa said General (retd) Musharraf used to show fists but cautioned that he shouldn’t show the court one. Under Article 187, the court is granted exceptional powers, he noted, adding that General (retd) Musharraf’s trial will be conducted under any and all circumstances.
It’s best that you find a solution, otherwise the court will issue an order, said the top judge.F