ISLAMABAD - The interior ministry is all set to comply with the directives of the Special Court to ensure foolproof security of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for hearing in the treason case on January 1, sources said on Sunday. Sources told The Nation that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has directed the concerned departments including the ICT police to ensure that court orders were implemented in true letter and spirit. Sources further said that Pakistan Rangers and Police have been given due instructions to make necessary arrangements in this regard.

The sources said that both the initiations have started making security arrangements for Pervez Musharraf so that he was left with no excuse on security issue and enabled to appear in person before the court, which would announce the charges against him. An initial hearing in the case, being heard by a special tribunal, was halted on December 24 after explosives were found along the route Musharraf was to take to court. On the other hand, Musharraf is yet to decide whether or not to he would attend the court hearing on January 1. He told reporters that he has yet to take decision whether or not he would attend the court, saying the way this tribunal was formed, which involved the prime minister and the ex-chief justice, this itself smacks a little bit of a vendetta.

Musharraf’s lawyers have dismissed the charges as an attempt by the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who Musharraf ousted in a coup in 1999, to settle old scores through the courts.

Accordingly, Musharraf has challenged the constitution of the special court and intends to take the matter to the Supreme Court hoping to get judicial relief from the apex court under the new Chief Justice.

The treason charges relate to Musharraf’s imposition of emergency rule in November 2007, and if found guilty he could face the death penalty or life imprisonment. The treason claims are the latest and potentially most serious in a flurry of criminal cases relating to Musharraf’s nine-year rule that he has faced since returning to Pakistan in March. The case puts the govt on a possible collision course with the army, which is seen as being reluctant to witness its ex-chief suffer the indignity.