Pakistani court orders ex-leader Musharraf be arrested, hanged

Pakistani court orders ex-leader Musharraf be arrested, hanged

Pakistani court orders ex-leader Musharraf be arrested, hanged

"We disapprove the statement of Director General ISPR, who has criticised the judgment of the special court whereunder the ex-Chief of the Army Staff and former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf had been convicted of violating Article 6 of the Constitution and committing high treason", the PBC mentioned in an announcement on Thursday.

The premier has barred federal ministers and government spokespersons from issuing statements on the verdicts of the Supreme Court and Special Court.

It added that the legal process "seems to have been ignored".

The high treason trial of the former leader has been pending since December 2013 when he was booked in the case.

The unrest eventually cost Musharraf his position, forced to resign in August 2008 after his party performed poorly in a general election and he was facing impeachment by parliament. The former general said he planned to appeal.

Anwar Mansoor Khan said Gen Musharraf had been denied the chance to defend himself when he was tried in absentia, and he said the judgement was against the constitution.

As per the detailed verdict, cited by Pakistan Today, "The then Corps Commanders Committee in addition to all other uniformed officers who were guarding him each and every time, with boots on, are equally and fully involved in the act and deeds of the accused person".

The death sentence was handed down by Pakistan's anti-terrorism court, with two of the three judges electing for the penalty. "This is a case in which I have not been heard and I have been victimized". They are not listening to me and they are not listening to my lawyer.

"The results or reactions to my decisions are not important" said the chief justice.

Retired general Talat Masood, now a security analyst, called the court's decision "extraordinary" and "bold".

It should come as no surprise that institutions should clash in a place like Pakistan, where the army and a tiny elite hold sway.

The 76-year-old Musharraf seized power in a coup in 1999 and later ruled as president.

A cigar-smoking, whisky-drinking moderate, the general became a vital American ally in the "war on terror" after the September 11 attacks and escaped at least three Al-Qaeda assassination attempts during his nine years in office.

He escaped at least three Al-Qaeda assassination attempts during his nine years in office.

In November 2007, Musharraf suspended the constitution and imposed emergency rule, prompting protests. A barrage of legal cases mounted.

In March 2014, Musharraf was charged with high treason for implementing emergency rule and suspending the constitution in 2007.

December 2013: Musharraf is booked in the high treason case. "This court after presentation of undeniable, irrefutable and unimpeachable evidence by the prosecution against the accused reaches to the conclusion that indeed the accused is guilty and deserves exemplary punishment", the judgment read.

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