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Pakistan court overturns Musharraf death sentence

Youth protest in support of former Army Chief General Pervez Musharraf in Karachi on December 30, 2019, after he was convicted of treason and sentenced to death by a special court. (Photo by AFP)

Kamran Yousaf

Press TV, Islamabad

A big relief for Pakistan’s former military ruler and President Pervez Musharraf, as one of country’s top courts overturned his death sentence in high treason case.

Last month Musharraf was found guilty over suspending the constitution and detaining judges in 2007 in order to extend his rule.

The special tribunal handed down death sentence to him, creating history in Pakistan that any General was convicted in Pakistan for his unconstitutional steps.

Musharraf, however, challenged the decision and insisted that the case against him was politically motivated.

The Lahore High Court has now accepted its plea and ruled that the very formation of special tribunal was unconstitutional.

There has been mixed reaction on the streets of Pakistan over the court ruling. Musharraf is currently living in self imposed exile. He never appeared before the special tribunal since he left the country in 2016.

The former strongman ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008. He ousted the government of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who later returned to power and initiated a treason trial against him.

Musharraf may have heaved a sigh of relief but the latest court ruling has raised many legal questions. One of them is that whether or not the High Court could strike down the special tribunal which has already given the verdict. This and other questions may now be settled before the Supreme Court.

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