PESHAWAR: A petition has been filed in the Peshawar High Court (PHC) for contempt proceedings against those who are giving statements against the verdict of the Special Court in high treason case against former president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf.

The petition filed by Ajmal Khan Advocate has made Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Imran Khan, Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa, Director General ISPR Major General Asif Ghafoor, Federal Law Minister Farogh Naseem, Special Assistant to PM on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan and PM’s Special Assistant on Accountability Shahzad Akbar as respondents.

The petition said baseless allegations were made against the judges of the Special Court and inappropriate language was used against Judge Waqar Ahmed Seth. The petitioner prayed the court to initiate contempt proceedings against the respondents.

The Special Court on December 17 had announced short verdict in Musharraf treason case and a detailed verdict was issued on December 19. The detailed verdict had a controversial paragraph which generated a lot of debate. The para written by Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth stated the Musharraf must be brought to D-Chowk even if he is dead and hanged for three days.

The government and some sections of society took strong exception to this observation by the judge, arguing that such comments in a case of international importance are inappropriate.

The detailed verdict said Musharraf must be hanged on five counts regarding charges against him. The court also ordered making accountable all those who helped Musharraf go out of the country.

The Pakistan Army said after the short verdict that it was in a lot of pain and anguish over the sentencing to death of Pervez Musharraf.

“An ex-army chief, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) and President of Pakistan, who has served the country for over 40 years, fought wars for the defence of the country can surely never be a traitor,” the ISPR had said.

After the detailed judgment, the DG ISPR said the reservations expressed by the armed forces proved true after the detailed verdict. The federal government also took exception to the verdict and announced that it will move a reference in the Supreme Judicial Council against Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth.