Islamabad: Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf was indicted Monday on charges of high treason. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Justice Faisal Arab, who heads the three-bench court, read out the indictment against the former army strongman with Musharraf pleading "not guilty" to all charges, Dawn online reported.
"I honour this court and prosecution, I strongly believe in law, I don't have ego problems and I have appeared in court 16 times in this year in Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi," the 70-year-old, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, said.
"I am being called a traitor, I have been chief of army staff for nine years and I have served this army for 45 years. I have fought two wars and it is 'treason'?" he asked.
A non-bailable arrest warrant for Musharraf was issued in case he failed to appear before the court Monday.
For his appearance in the special court Monday, three different routes were chalked out by the capital police before Musharraf's departure from Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC).