Yesterday, former president and military leader Pervez Musharraf was handed a historic verdict over the high treason case against him when he was sentenced the death penalty.
Following the historic verdict, Major General Asif Ghafoor issued a statement regarding the verdict saying that the “decision given by special court has been received with lot of pain and anguish by rank and file of Pakistan Armed Forces”.
According to sources, a meeting took place of the top military leadership at the General Headquarters in Rawalpindi where this statement was released by the Inter-Services Public Relations.
“An ex-Army Chief, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee and President of Pakistan, who has served the country for over 40 years, fought wars for the defense of the country can surely never be a traitor,” said the ISPR statement. “The due legal process seems to have been ignored including constitution of special court, denial of fundamental right of self defence, undertaking individual specific proceedings and concluding the case in haste.”
“Armed Forces of Pakistan expect that justice will be dispensed in line with Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” he said.
This is the first time in Pakistan’s history that a former army chief and leader of the country has been sentenced to death. Musharraf has been out of the country since 2016, when he was granted bail to seek medical treatment abroad.
The former president is currently admitted in a hospital in Dubai. From his hospital bed, Musharraf made a statement about the treason case against him saying it was “absolutely baseless” and adding “I have served my country for 10 years. I have fought for my country. This [treason] is the case in which I have not been heard and I have been victimised”.
The military has remained quiet over the course of the trail against him.
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