Special court to issue Musharraf’s treason case detailed verdict tomorrow

Lahore High Court declares trial in Musharraf treason case illegal

ISLAMABAD: The special court on Thursday (Dec 19) will issue the detailed verdict of high treason case against former preisdent and General (retd) Pervez Musharraf at 12 pm.
On Dec 17, special court in Islamabad has sentenced former president and top military official Pervez Musharraf to death in high treason case.
According to details, a three-member bench comprising Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court (PHC) Waqar Seth, Justice Nazar Akbar of Sindh High Court (SHC) and Justice Shahid Karim of Lahore High Court (LHC) has announced the verdict that was reserved on December 5.
During the hearing, Justice Seth said that ex-president has been found guilty of violating the Article 6 of the Constitution by clamping the state of emergency on November 3, 2007.
According to the High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973, “any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or hold in abeyance, or attempts or conspires to abrogate or subvert or suspend or hold in abeyance the Constitution by use of force or show force or by any other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.” The sentence for high treason is death or lifetime imprisonment.
The verdict was split 2-1 and a detailed verdict will be issued in 48 hours.
Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asif Ghafoor on Tuesday said that the special court verdict in the Pervez Musharraf treason case has been received with “alot of pain and anguish within the rank and file of Pakistan armed forces”.
The statement comes after sources said a meeting of the top military leadership was underway at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi in the wake of the judgement.
The DG ISPR statement said that 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.


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