ATC reserves judgment over Musharraf’s assets, declaration as absconder
ISLAMABAD: The Anti-Terrorism Special Court of Rawalpindi reserved its judgment in the petitions against the declaration of former president Pervez Musharraf as an absconder and against the freezing of the former ruler’s bank accounts and seizing his property, DawnNews reported on Saturday.
The petitions had been filed by Musharraf’s wife, Sehba Musharraf, at the Rawalpindi branch of the ATC. Both petitions were heard at the same hearing.
During the hearing, Sehba’s lawyer, Ilyas Siddiqui, said an inquiry was required before freezing a joint account involving an accused, adding that no inquiry had been carried out in this case.
FIA prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar said Sehba possessed no personal income and that the joint account mainly contained Pervez Musharraf’s money.
He added that Musharraf was an absconder and no one may submit a request to restore his accounts until he himself returned to Pakistan.
Furthermore, he informed the court that out of 11 accounts that were frozen, seven were personal accounts belonging to Musharraf.
Subsequently, the court reserved its judgment which was expected to be announced on Oct 3.
In Sept 2011, Sehba had filed a petition seeking a stay on its order to confiscate the properties and freeze the accounts of her husband in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case.
Sehba had said the orders against her husband declaring him an absconder and attachment of his properties be withdrawn or recalled and the attached property be released to the petitioner.