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PBC “strongly disapprove the statement of the DG ISPR” on Musharraf verdict

PBC “strongly disapprove the statement of the DG ISPR” on Musharraf verdict

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The apex body of lawyers in Pakistan known as the Pakistan Bar Council (PCB) have “strongly disapproved” the criticisms of the detailed verdict on Musharraf from the DG ISPR.

The DG ISPR released a statements criticising the detailed verdict on the high treason case against former military leader Pervez Musharraf. Following the release of this statement, the Pakistan Bar Council was quick to strongly ““disapprove the statement of Director General ISPR, who has criticised the judgment of the special court whereunder the ex-Chief of the Army Staff and former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf had been convicted of violating Article 6 of the Constitution and committing high treason,” according to a statement by the the PBC Vice-Chairman Amjad Ali Shah yesterday.

The military were vehemently opposed to the judgement released yesterday, especially the clause of “hanging for three days” that was issued against the former president. During a media briefing on Thursday shortly after the release of the full verdict, Major General Asif Ghafoor said, ““The detailed judgment, especially the choice of words, is beyond the values of religion, humanity and civilisation”.

In the detailed judgment, Justice Waqar Seth, the presiding judge of the special court, “directed the law enforcement agencies to apprehend the fugitive/convict to ensure that the punishment is inflicted as per law, and if found dead, his corpse be dragged to D-Chowk, Islamabad, and be hanged for 3 days”.

According to the apex body of lawyers, the DG ISPR’s statements was a “a clear cut violation of the legal and constitutional provisions and thus amounts to contempt of the court”.

It added that if there were some flaws in the verdict, then the law has provided a proper course for challenging it in the higher judicial forum.

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