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Islamabad High Court rejects Musharraf’s plea to drop terror charges

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Islamabad, Oct 10 : The Islamabad High Court has rejected a petition filed by former President Pervez Musharraf seeking to drop terror changes and transfer of the judges detention case from the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) to the sessions court.

An IHC division bench comprising Chief Justice Athar Minallah and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb on Wednesday resumed the hearing of the petition filed by Musharraf through his lawyer Akhtar Shah.

The former President has been seeking transfer of his case from the ATC to the sessions court on the ground that initially the FIR was registered under the Pakistan Penal Code against him in connection with the detention of 60 judges of the superior judiciary after the imposition of emergency on November 3, 2007.

However, in 2013, a single-member bench of the IHC had ordered the police to invoke the anti-terror law against the military dictator since detaining judges is an act of terrorism.

The ATC has already declared Musharraf a proclaimed offender in the judges’ detention case as he has been abroad since March 2016.

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