First time Pakistan’s special court sentenced Parvez Musharraf to death in treason case

The first time, a three-member bench of the special court of Pakistan, Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court Waqar Ahmed Seth chaired by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to death in a sedition case against him on Tuesday, The Dawn reported.

The former army chief moved to Dubai for medical treatment in March 2016 and did not return, citing safety and health reasons.

In the special court, Justice Seth, Sindh High Court (SHC) Justice Nazar Akbar and Lahore High Court Justice Shahid Karim ruled. Musharraf is accused of illegally suspending the constitution in 2007 and instituting the emergency rule.

Musharraf pleaded not guilty and has always claimed that the charges against him were politically motivated. He can face the death penalty if found guilty. President from 2001 to 2008, he was one of the longest-reigning rulers of Pakistan.

He was expected to lead his party in the election but was disqualified from standing and found himself fighting the charges related to his time in power.

The former leader’s high treason case has been pending since December 2013 when he was booked in the case. He was charged on 31 March 2014, and the prosecution filed a particular court order in September of the same year.

However, due to litigation at the appellate forums, Musharraf’s trial came to a halt, and he left Pakistan in March 2016 “in search of medical treatment. The former President of Pakistan has then declared an absconder as he failed to appear in court despite repeated summons and the court issued a directive to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to arrest them.

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