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Special court has sentenced Musharraf to death

Special court has sentenced Musharraf to death

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On Tuesday, a special court announced a historic decision regarding the long-drawn out high treason case against former president Musharraf by sentencing him to the death penalty.

A three-member special court comprising Chief Justice of the Peshawar High Court (PHC) Waqar Seth, Justice Nazar Akbar of the Sindh High Court (SHC) and Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court (LHC) is hearing the case.

On behalf of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government, the prosecution team, led by Advocate Ali Zia Bajwa, prayed upon the court to amend the indictment against the former military ruler.

Bajwa said the government wants to frame charges against former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, Abdul Hamid Dogar, and Zahid Hamid. He said, “It is imperative for all accused to be tried simultaneously. The aiders and abettors should be tried as well.”

The bench remarked that the Supreme Court had already decided on the matter and gave the government two weeks to submit a new charge sheet.

The court was expected to announce the verdict today after hearing arguments from the newly appointed prosecution team. The decision was reserved on November 19th and then fixed for November 28th.

The high treason case against the former president was originally filed on the basis that he implemented a state of emergency in 2007 unconstitutionally.