ISLAMABAD - The Islamabad High Court (IHC) Monday sought opinion of Attorney General of Pakistan (AGP) about the admissibility of former federal minister for science & technology Zahid Hamid's petition in which he has challenged the special court's order dated November 21.

A single bench of IHC comprising Justice Athar Minallah issued these directions in a petition of Zahid Hamid against the special court's orders where the special court by a majority decision had directed the prosecution to proceed against the three others in the treason case being conducted against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

The special court had ordered to include Zahid Hamid (Musharraf's law minister), former chief justice Abdul Hameed Dogar and former prime minister Shaukat Aziz among the co-accused.

The single IHC bench heard the matter as objection case and deferred the hearing till December 12. Earlier, former president High Court Bar Association Rawalpindi (HCBAR) Taufiq Asif Advocate had also challenged before the IHC to separate trial of Pervez Musharraf from rest of the co-accused as the joint trial would delay the adjudication.  On December 4, the IHC bench hearing this matter had also sought AGP's advice.

On Monday, IHC bench clubbed both the matters and would hear on December 12.

Previously, registrar office of IHC had raised objections over both the petitions that the high court had no jurisdiction to hear a petition against the interim order of special court. Justice Athar Minallah of the IHC also observed that the special court has been given special powers.

In the petition of Zahid Hamid, his counsel has claimed that the nomination of accused was a power resting with the prosecution. Special court by nominating more accused in this matter has travelled beyond its jurisdiction.

He moved the court through Khawaja Haris Ahmed Advocate and cited federal government, Pervez Musharraf and the Special Court constituted under the Criminal Law Amendment (Special Court) Act, 1976 as respondents.