Pervez Musharraf gets death sentence in treason case by special court in Pakistan (Photo Credit: PTI File Photo)
Pervez Musharraf, the former President of Pakistan, has been awarded death sentence in the treason case by special court on Tuesday. The special court announced death sentence for the former military ruler in treason case in a 2 to 1 majority verdict. According to the Pakistani media, the prosecution team was led by led by Advocate Ali Zia Bajwa, who represented the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government. The prosecution prayed upon the court to amend the indictment against the former military ruler. The special court of Pakistan was constituted to try the former president, who is currently admitted in a Dubai hospital. The case was being heard by a special bench comprising Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth Akbar of the Sindh High Court (SHC) and Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court. The bench was formed on the orders of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.
Last week, the special court ordered 76-year-old Musharraf to record statement by December 5 in the treason case after the Islamabad High Court (IHC), after hearing the petitions filed by Dubai-based Musharraf and the Pakistan government, stopped the special court from issuing the verdict on November 28.
The high treason trial of the former military dictator for clamping the state of emergency on November 3, 2007, filed during the previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government, has been pending since 2013. He was booked in the treason case in December 2013. Musharraf was indicted on March 31, 2014, and the prosecution had tabled the entire evidence before the special court in September the same year.
But due to litigation at appellate forums, the trial of the former military dictator lingered on and he left Pakistan in March 2016 with the nod of superior courts as well as the interior ministry for medical treatment. According to previous Pakistani media reports, Musharraf had amyloidosis, a rare disease caused by the build-up of an abnormal protein called amyloid in organs and tissues in the body, and is under medication.