Former Pakistan President and military Pervez Musharraf sentenced to death for high treason following a six-year legal case.
A three-member special court in Islamabad on Tuesday convicted Musharraf of violating the constitution. He unlawfully declared emergency rule while he was in power, in a case pending since 2013.
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf
Musharraf seized power in a military coup in 1999 and ruled Pakistan as President until 2008.
Further in 2014, he was indicated with four charges, including three counts of subverting, suspending and changing the country’s constitution, firing Pakistan’s chief justice, and imposing emergency rule.
Moreover, it’s the first time in Pakistan that an army chief convicted of treason. Under Pakistan’s institution, hight treason is a crime that carries the death penalty and life imprisonment.
The special court ruled on the death sentence by two to one. The one not backing the death sentence but agrees on conviction.
Further, in a Tuesday statement, the media wing of the Pakistan Armed Forces said the special court’s sentence had been received “with a lot of pain and anguish.”
In addition, Pakistan’s Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said that,
Musharraf can surely never be a traitor.
That he served that country for over 40 years.
Moreover, the statement said,
The due legal process seems to have been ignored including (the) constitution of special court, (the) denial of fundamental right of self-defense, undertaking individual specific proceedings and concluding the case in haste.
It added that the Armed Forces of Pakistan,
expect that justice will be dispensed in line with the Constitution of Islamic Republic.