A special court on Tuesday issued a show cause notice to the joint secretary of Ministry of Interior for not submitting details of properties owned by former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
Carrying out treason trial of Musharraf for subverting the Constitution on November 2007, the special court on May 5 stated Musharraf a proclaimed offender and directed the internal ministry to advertise the court verdict.
In the show cause notice, the court directed the joint secretary “to clarify his position as to why he should not be carried on under Section 6(2) of the Criminal Law.” If it found that his answer was unsatisfactory under the said section the court may commence contempt proceedings against the official,.
On Tuesday, when the special court resumed hearing the prosecution team told the bench that the court’s orders had been conveyed by the prosecution at ‘proper time’ to the Ministry of Interior.
Nonetheless, when the joint secretary Dilshad Ahmed Babar was asked about the details, he failed to fill the bench and requested the court for more time to comply with the order.
The bench expressed concerns over the ‘poor disposition’ of Babar and noted that he presumed the charge of his post on May 25, 2016 but failed to comply with the court’s order.
“This time was sufficient to comply with the court’s order,” noted Justice Miankhel, who heads a three-judge bench. “The joint secretary is in charge of wasting the time of the court and the bench is left without any choice but to place the official on notice, ” he included.