Musharraf Review Petition----Supreme Court declares petition as time-barred
Jan 30th, 2014: Dr. Raza Bokhari, International spokesperson for General Pervez Musharraf, Former President of Pakistan, issued the following statement to various media outlets:
The Supreme Court of Pakistan grossly ignored the norms of justice and did not follow precedence by applying statute of time limitation and declared inadmissible the review petition filed by Former President Musharraf against the July 31st, 2009 decision of the Supreme Court headed by ex-Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhary. The Court noted that the review petition should have been filed within 30 days and not after a time lapse of more than 4 years.
It is widely accepted, both domestically and internationally, that the Supreme Court judgment of July 31st, 2009 against the Former President was ill-conceived, unilateral, and partisan, which also did not provide an opportunity to General Musharraf to present his defense.
It is also extremely relevant to compare that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 2009 filed a review petition in the Musharraf plane hijacking case of October 12th, 1999. The petition was filed after a time lapse of 8 years; the same Supreme Court did not apply statute of time limitation and accepted the petition for review. Subsequently, on July 19th, 2009, a five member bench headed by Justice Tassadiq Hussain Jillani, who is currently the Chief Justice, had set aside the judgment and exonerated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
It is unfortunate that the Supreme Court has shown selection bias and has missed an important opportunity to play a positive and meaningful role in bringing institutional reconciliation within Pakistan.