Dec. 24 - The treason trial of former military leader Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf is delayed after a bomb is found enroute to the Islamabad court . Sarah Toms reports.
This bag of explosives and two guns were discovered along the road to the court where Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf was due to face trial for treason. Police said the material had not been assembled into a bomb but still security was on high alert. Around a dozen paramilitary officers were stationed outside the National Library, where the hearing was due to take place. Lawyers said Musharraf couldn't attend and the hearing was postponed until January first. (SOUNDBITE) (English) A LAWYER REPRESENTING FORMER PAKISTANI PRESIDENT MUSHARRAF, AHMED RAZA KASURI, SAYING: "At the very offset, we moved an application and we brought to the notice of the honourable court that General Musharraf presence is not possible because of the security hassles, and security hazards. And we also brought to the notice of the court that today 5 kilograms of explosive has been found very close to his house and certain weapons have also been recovered. " The treason charges relate to the former military leader's decision in 2007 to suspend the constitution and impose emergency rule. Musharraf says all the accusations against him are politically motivated. He is the first Pakistani former military ruler to face trial for treason. After nearly four years of self-imposed exile, Musharraf returned to Pakistan hoping to lead his party into elections. Instead he was disqualified and found himself fighting an array of charges relating to his time in power.