The Supreme Court of Pakistan has summoned General Musharraf to explain why he dismissed the court and imposed “emergency” rule in 2007. One can only wonder what the good general will say but one thing is for sure, the Army will probably not be forthcoming in allowing its former chief to be dragged into court. The next few weeks are going to be interesting.
The former president, who stepped down in August 2008 after almost nine years in power to avoid impeachment proceedings, was issued a notice to appear before the court on July 29, lawyer Rashid A. Rizvi, who opposed Musharraf’s replacement judges, told reporters in Islamabad.
The retired army chief, presently in London, may go to court himself or send his lawyer to appear before a 14-member panel of judges, Malik Abdul Qayyum, the former attorney general of the Musharraf government, told reporters today. The panel is headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, dismissed by Musharraf in 2007 and reinstated this year.
Musharraf cited interference by judges in government matters when he dismissed them in 2007. Musharraf took power in a military coup in 1999, overthrowing then Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.