ISLAMABAD, Dec. 13 (Xinhua) -- A special tribunal in Pakistan to try former President Pervez Musharraf on high treason charges issued a summons to him on Friday.
Musharraf, who faces high treason charges for suspending the constitution when he imposed emergency rule in 2007, was summoned to appear before the court on December 24.
Prime Minister Nawas Sharif last month approved the selection of three judges for the special court to try the former military ruler.
Musharraf had taken over in a bloodless coup when he dismissed the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999.
It is the first time in Pakistan's 66-year history that a former military leader will be tried for high treason.
In June Sharif announced high treason trial of Musharraf in his speech to the National Assembly or lower house of parliament less than three weeks after returning to power following his PML-N party's victory in the general elections.
The 69-year-old former army chief stays at his farmhouse in Islamabad after he got bails in three high profile cases including the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Musharraf, who had gone into exile in 2008, returned to the country in March this year to take part in parliamentary elections. However, a court disqualified him from standing in the May elections.
Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said that Musharraf cannot leave the country as his name is included in the list of those who are barred from going abroad.
Investigators from the Federal Investigation Agency have already questioned Musharraf as to why and on whose behest he had imposed emergency rule in the country.
News Analysis: Musharraf's high treason trial stirs controversy in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- The Pakistani government's decision to initiate treason proceedings against former military president Pervez Musharraf has stirred up a controversy as some critics have viewed the move as a means to divert attention from serious domestic problems.
The government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has taken the decision amid rumors that Musharraf would be allowed to leave the country under a deal. Full story