A special court on Friday rejected yet another application of Pakistan’s former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf seeking stay on the hearing of high treason case against him.
This was the second application turned down by the three-member court within a day.
Earlier, the same court had rejected an application by Musharraf’s lawyers contending that their client should only be tried under the army act rather than civilian laws.
However, the court declared that the former military ruler was no more a serving army official, therefore he could well be tried under the civilian law.
Musharraf is being tried for high treason for imposing an emergency rule in the country and suspending the constitution in 2007.
Seventy-year old Musharraf, a former commando, and not publically known to have any heart problem, allegedly suffered a heart attack soon after he left his residence on Thursday noon to appear before a special civilian court that began his trial in high treason case on December 24 last year.
Musharraf has continuously been avoiding appearing before the court since then as his lawyers assert that their client is facing serious security threats from the Taliban and other militant outfits.
Musharraf who came into power after toppling the elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on October 12, 1999. The former military ruler was forced to resign in August, 2008 when the then ruling party Pakistan Peoples Party and opposition Pakistan Muslim League (PML) threatened to impeach him.
Musharraf is also facing trial in murder cases of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, and former Chief Minister of Southwestern Balochistan, and a veteran politician, Nawab Akbar Bugti. He is on bail in those cases.