Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf has been handed a death sentence in the high treason case against him. A three-member bench of a special court, headed by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth, on Tuesday, 17 December, delivered the verdict, Dawn reported.
The trial against Musharraf began in 2013 for abrogating the constitution in 2007, which is considered high treason, and is punishable by death under Article 6 of the Pakistani Constitution.
He also faces trial for illegal detention of judges in the same year.
Musharraf’s rise to power as Pakistan’s president was cemented by a bloodless coup in 1999, deposing the then-prime minister Nawaz Sharief
Facing impeachment following the 2008 elections, he went into a self-imposed exile to Dubai and returned in 2013, but he was unable to stand for elections.
In January 2014, Musharraf suffered a “severe heart attack” on his way to a special court to face the high treason charges, following which he was admitted to an army hospital.
The high-profile cases against him left him unable to travel out of the country till the ban was lifted in March 2016.
In the same month, the former army chief left for Dubai for medical treatment, and has not returned since, citing security and health reasons. The court has asked the government to explain why Musharraf was allowed to go abroad without its consent.
The special court announced the verdict it had reserved on 19 November, according to Dawn.
(Courtesy: The Quint)