Verdict On Former Gen Pervez Musharraf Treason case

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf (C) is escorted by soldiers as he arrives at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on April 20, 2013. Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on April 20 appeared before an anti-terrorism court after spending the night at police headquarters, officials said. He was moved into police custody after being arrested on April 19, an unprecedented move against a former army chief of staff ahead of key elections. The arrest relates to Musharraf's decision to sack judges when he imposed emergency rule in November 2007, a move which hastened his downfall.

A Three-member bench of a special court on Tuesday handed a death penalty to former dictator retired Gen Pervez Musharraf in a long-drawn treason case. Musharraf has been convicted for abrogating the Constitution and imposing an emergency in the country in 2007.

The verdict, the first of its kind in the country’s history, drew varying reactions from politicians, journalists as well as members of civil society, with some expressing surprise and others hailing the judiciary System.

Groundbreaking in Multiple ways:

Public Hours resident editor Told that the decision was “groundbreaking in many ways” providing in the situation.

“The decision of the special court [to hand] down a death sentence to former president retired Gen Pervez Musharraf is groundbreaking in many ways.

  • “First, it establishes a very strong legal deterrence against future interventions in which the constitution can be suspended. In this way it strengthens constitutional democracy in Pakistan.
  • “Second, it elevates the stature of the judiciary as a pillar of the State that is growing stronger by the day.
  • “Third, it helps bring greater institutional equilibrium within the various pillars of the State.
  • “Fourth, it reasserts the concept of civilian supremacy even if symbolically.”

He too, predicted that the decision may be appealed in the Supreme Court and added: “The [apex] court has the option of suspending the death sentence till the final appeal is heard. It is clear that the sentence will not be implemented any time soon. The significance lies in the very fact that such a sentence has been handed down.”

Published On Public Hours December 18,2019


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