Musharraf death penalty: Special court verdict received with ‘pain and anguish’ by army, says ISPR

RAWALPINDI: Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that the special court verdict in the Pervez Musharraf treason case has been received with “a lot of pain and anguish within the rank and file of Pakistan armed forces”.

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“An ex-Army Chief, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee and President of Pakistan, who has served the country for over 40 years, fought wars for the defense of the country can surely never be a traitor,” said the ISPR statement. “The due legal process seems to have been ignored including constitution of the special court, denial of the fundamental right of self-defence, undertaking individual-specific proceedings and concluding the case in haste.”

“Armed Forces of Pakistan expect that justice will be dispensed in line with Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” he said.

The special court constituted to hear a high treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday sentenced the former dictator to death for imposing the state of emergency on November 03, 2007.

The case was being heard by a special 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 constituted on the orders of the Supreme Court.

Earlier today, the government had sought to include former chief justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, former law minister Zahid Hamid and former prime minister Shaukat Aziz as co-conspirators in the case.

The court, before announcing its verdict, had rejected the request and directed the plaintiff to argue his case on merit. The special court had informed the plaintiff that the Supreme Court has already ruled on the matter.

Former president Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday expressed his disappointment over a special court’s decision to hand him the death sentence in a high treason case against him.

Sources said the former military ruler, who is in Dubai and said to be in a critical condition, was “disappointed” with the special court’s decision.

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