Government submits request to start treason case against Musharraf

Interior secretary submits request stating former dictator violated constitution by imposing emergency in Nov 2007.


Web Desk December 12, 2013
Former dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: The federal government submitted a request at a special court to start a treason case against former dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, Express News reported on Thursday.

The request was submitted by Interior Secretary Shahid Khan, stating that Musharraf had violated the constitution by imposing emergency rule in the country in November 2007.

Treason case

On November 17, the federal government had decided to initiate treason proceedings against Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution.

It had requested the Supreme Court on November 18 to constitute a ‘special court’ for the former dictator’s trial.

Attorney General Munir A Malik had said that there is strong evidence against Musharraf and that he can be sentenced to death or life imprisonment.

The federal government on December 9 finalised a charge-sheet, cataloging five charges against Musharraf including imposing emergency in the country on November 3, 2007, detaining superior courts’ judges and abrogating the constitution by imposing the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO).

The decision to start this case came after Musharraf was granted bail in criminal cases against him, including the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto, slaying of Baloch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti and Lal Masjid siege.

COMMENTS (14)

Muslim Leaguer | 8 years ago | Reply

The countdown for Musharraf’s punishment starts! This is the right time to undo the blunders of recent past.

Pakistani Patriot | 8 years ago | Reply

@Ch. Allah Daad: What makes you think the majority of the nation cares about the constitution when their constitutionally elected leaders only plunder the country? In Pakistan's history it is the elected governments who have destroyed the country while in Musharraf's time Pakistan prospered. Your logic does not bear facts. The people's first priority is good governance that leads to economic prospecrity and security - on both of these grounds Musharraf was much better than your constitutionally elected leader.

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