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Pak court rejects Musharraf s plea to adjourn high treason case

A special court in Pakistan on Wednesday rejected former military dictator Pervez Musharraf s plea for adjournment of the hearing of a high treason case against him on medical grounds and decided to conclude the trial even in his absence. A three-judge bench headed by Justice Tahira Safdar also cancelled Musharraf s right of defence due to his repeated non-appearance before the court. The previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had filed the treason case against the ex-Army chief in 2013 over the imposition of extra-constitutional emergency in November 2007, which led to the confinement of a number of superior court judges in their houses and sacking of over 100 judges. The trial has not seen much progress since Musharraf, 75, left for Dubai in March 2016 after his name was removed from the Exit Control List. He has not returned since, and is said to be suffering from Amyloidosis, a rare condition for which he has been admitted to a hospital. The special court has ...

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