On Tuesday, the special court announced the verdict of the ongoing high treason case against former military dictator Pervez Musharraf awarding him the death penalty under Article 6 of the Pakistan constitution.
Musharraf responded to the verdict today expressing his “disappointment” over the decision which he heard on television, according to sources.
The former president has been in a self-imposed exile ever since a travel ban on him was lifted in 2016 that allowed him to seek medical treatment abroad.
The 76-year-old has since spent most of his time between Dubai and London.
The former military ruler’s lawyer Akhtar Shah told AFP that “Musharraf wanted to record his statement and was ready to visit Pakistan but he wanted foolproof security which was not provided,”
He further added, “He is still in Dubai and sick.”
All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) termed the verdict “biased” and one which did not fulfill “legal requirements”.
“He agreed to record his statement in Dubai,” APML’s Malik Mubashir said. “The party would consult the lawyers about challenging it in the Supreme Court.”
On December 3rd, Musharraf made a statement from his hospital bed saying that he had served the country for 10 years and the trail against him was unfair.
“I keep coming and going to the hospital,” he said in a video message.
“As for me, the commission can come here, and I can give them a statement. They can come and hear me, see my condition and then decide for themselves. When they return they can give their statement and my lawyer will be heard in the court too and then I hope I will get justice,” he said.
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