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Musharraf Sentenced To Death; Detail Verdict Released

A special court in Islamabad that sentenced Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf to death, issued its detailed verdict on the matter on Thursday. Pervez Musharraf was sentenced to death for High Treason by dismissing the constitution of Pakistan in 2007.

 

In its detailed verdict, the Court observed that  the act of suspending the Constitution was not a one-man job, adding that the former military dictator’s uniformed accomplices were  “equally and full involved”. The court spurned the concerns of having taking the decision in “haste”, stating “been afforded more than his due share of fair trial” and “given every opportunity to defend himself”.

 

On Tuesday, the court had sentenced Musharraf to death for imposing a state of emergency on November 3, 2007, adding that it had found him guilty of high treason in accordance with Article 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

It was a majority verdict, with two of the three judges giving the decision against Musharraf.

 

The case was heard by a bench comprising Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth of the Peshawar High Court, Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court and Justice Nazar Akbar of the Sindh High Court. The bench was formed on the orders of the Supreme Court.

 

The judge noted that Musharraf’s aiders and abettors cannot be inducted in the complaint as it was filed by the federal government. However, the verdict adds that it does not absolve the government from “investigating these officers and filing a complaint against them”.

It was a majority verdict, with two of the three judges giving the decision against Musharraf.

Justice Nazar of the SHC wrote a 44-page dissenting note while the judgement comprises 25 pages.

Earlier, Perver Musharraf issued a video message addressing the concern. Speaking from his hospital bed, he labeled the decision as a personal attack, while calling the verdict suspicious. He stated that this was an unprecedented case where neither the accused, nor his lawyer was allowed to speak in defense.

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