Islamabad - The Special Anti-Terrorism Court yesterday deferred the hearing of a petition seeking exemption for former President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf from appearing before the court in judges detention case.

ATC Judge Sohail Ikram was to conduct the hearing of the case but he was on leave. As a result, the hearing in this matter was adjourned till March 11 for further proceedings. On the last hearing, Musharraf’s counsel Ilyas Siddiqui Advocate moved an application along with a medical certificate stating Musharraf’s medical condition and sought exemption for him.

Prosecutor Aamir Nadeem Tabish objected that such medical certificates had already been submitted many times and since arrest warrants had been issued for Musharraf over non-appearance, the court should not take a lenient position in this matter.

In this matter, the court had also issued arrest warrants of Musharraf but the same were cancelled after Advocate Siddiqui submitted medical certificate of Musharraf.

In the application, Musharraf’s counsel contended that the court had issued arrest warrants of his client for not presenting Musharraf’s medical report along with his application seeking exemption from appearance before the court. He added that now Musharraf’s medical report was being submitted. Therefore, the counsel prayed to the court to withdraw Musharraf’s arrest warrants.

The current legal proceedings were initiated against Musharraf for detaining over 60 judges, including the former chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, after his 2007 proclamation of a state of emergency across the country.