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Musharraf Challenges Special Court’s Verdict in Treason Case

ISLAMABAD: General retired Pervez Musharraf filed a petition with the Lahore High Court on Friday challenging the verdict by a special court in Islamabad in the high treason case against the former dictator for suspending the Constitution on November 3, 2007.

On December 17, a special court in Islamabad found Musharraf guilty of high treason and handed him a death sentence under Article 6 of the Constitution.

The verdict marked the first time in Pakistan’s history that a military chief was declared guilty of high treason and handed a death sentence.

In his petition, Musharraf has raised objections to paragraph 66 of the judgment. Maintaining that the decision was announced in haste, the former president has prayed to the high court to suspend the decision.

Paragraph 66 is a dissenting note by Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth where he writes: “As a necessary corollary to what has been observed we find the accused guilty as per charge.

The convict is therefore hanged by his neck till he dies on each count as per charge. We direct the Law Enforcement Agencies to strive their level best to apprehend the fugitive/convict to ensure that the punishment is inflicted as per law and if found dead, his corpse be dragged to the D-Chowk, Islamabad, Pakistan and be hanged for 03 days,” ruled Justice Waqar Seth, the presiding judge.