Major relief for Pak ex-prez Pervez Musharraf; Lahore High Court quashes death sentence

The Hush Post | 7:52 pm | One-minute read |

In a major relief to former Pakistan military dictator Pervez Musharraf, the Lahore High court today quashed the death sentence handed down to him by a lower court. The special court of Islamabad had last month hand down the death penalty to the 74-year-old Musharraf finding him guilty of treason.

A three-member full bench of the High Court unanimously declared the formation of the special court against Musharraf as “unconstitutional”.

The special tribunal had tired the former president for high treason. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government had filed the case in 2013.

Musharraf had filed the petition against the decision challenging the formation of the special court.

“The special court was constituted without the formal approval of the cabinet,” Additional Attorney-General Ishtiaq Ahmad Khan told the court.  Khan also maintained that the charges filed against the former president were flimsy since, under the emergency powers of the executive, fundamental rights could be suspended.

SELF-IMPOSED EXILE

Musharraf ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008 and lives in Dubai in self-imposed exile. He had imposed emergency in November 2007 for which Nawaz Sharif filed a treason case against him in 2013.

In 2008 the former Army chief resigned in the face of impeachment proceedings by the new governing coalition. He went into exile until his ill-starred homecoming in 2013, exiling himself once more three years later.

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