Treason case: Musharraf summoned at special court on Dec 24

Special court accepts request by federal govt to start treason case against Musharraf for violating the constitution.


Web Desk December 13, 2013
Former dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Former dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has been summoned at a special court for the treason case on December 24 under Article 6 of the Constitution, Express News reported on Friday.

A three-member bench - headed by Justice Faisal Arab of the Sindh High Court (SHC) - will hear the case. The bench also includes Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar of the Balochistan High Court (BHC) and Justice Yawar Ali of the Lahore High Court (LHC) as its members.

The request that was submitted by the federal government at a special court on December 12 to start a treason case against Musharraf was accepted.

It 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 (18)

Pakistani Patriot | 7 years ago | Reply

@Ch. Allah Daad: Chaudhry sahab, please read a little bit and get yourself educated on facts before commenting purely based on your sentiments. Declaration of emergency by military chief IS constitutional, while holding the constitution in abeyance was not illegal in 2007. The government's case rests on suspending a few judges for a few days and the PCO. That will be weak as PCOs before had been legitimized by the supreme court which set a legal precedence, and you cannot hold musharraf responsible for 18th amendment violation when it was not even in place in 2007.

Pakistani Patriot | 7 years ago | Reply

@Mirza: You are entitled to your opinion but you are not entitled to make up your own facts and history. Musharraf was ligitimized as president by this very supreme court and this very chief justice (well retired for one day now). Dictators don't hold free and fair elections, they don't institute free media, and they are certainly not elected by a freely elected parliament (90% of which are in today's parliament), and they don't step down on their own by handing over the seat to elected offcials. Give me ONE example of a dictator who did all that? Musharraf did all this and a lot more for the country and that's why he is well liked in Pakistan and respected around the world. You can have your kind of democrats i.e. Nawaz and PPP, I would rather have the likes of Musharraf any day.

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