ISLAMABAD - Special Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad Saturday deferred the hearing of judges’ detention case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf till September 10 due to absence of petitioner advocate Chaudhry Mohammad Aslam Ghumman as well as Musharraf’s lawyer Ilyas Siddiqui advocate.

The ATC judge Atiq-ur-Rehman conducted the hearing of the case at Musharraf’s Chak Shahzad farmhouse, which is already declared as sub-jail.

During the hearing, public prosecutor Aamir Nadeem Tabish presented three witnesses including constable Alamdar and two personnel of special branch including Mehmood Shah and Mazhar Iqbal.

He also informed the court that summons were sent to complainant of the case advocate Muhammad Aslam Ghuman but his son refused to receive the summons saying that his father is currently in abroad.

Therefore, Tabish requested the court to record the statement of three witnesses.

On this juncture, a junior lawyer of advocate Ilyas Siddiqui, the counsel for Musharraf, told the court that advocate Siddiqui could not appear before the court due to his engagements in Balochistan High Court.

He requested the court to adjourn the case proceedings.

On this, the judge deferred the hearing till September 10 and directed to issue summons to Aslam Ghuman and all the other witnesses.

It is worth mentioning here that in the previous hearing the court issued notices to 29 witnesses including 24 lawyers and five government officials to appear before the court.  Out of total 35 witnesses, only 6 witnesses have recorded their statements till now while court has summoned the remaining 29 witnesses in this regard.