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Musharraf challenges death sentence in Supreme Court

Argues legal procedure not followed when special court formed

SAMAA | - Posted: Jan 16, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Posted: Jan 16, 2020 | Last Updated: 1 year ago
Musharraf challenges death sentence in Supreme Court

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Former military dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf has challenged the death sentence handed to him by a special court in the Supreme Court.

The 65-page appeal was filed by Musharraf’s lawyer Salman Safdar on Thursday morning. He has argued that he served as a four-star general in the army and served in the army for a total of 43 years.

He said that during his tenure as president, he uplifted the country’s economy from the brink of bankruptcy and worked to ensure peaceful relations with India.

The appeal argues that he hasn’t done anything that wasn’t in the country’s interests. His case is not of fleeing prosecution, argued his lawyer, adding that the government was too hasty in preparing the case against him and therefore ignored legal procedure.

Musharraf has also requested the top court to declare the death sentence awarded to him null and void. He argued that his right to fair trial was not given. He also said that the constitution of the special court was against the Constitution and the treason case was never approved by the cabinet.

The appeal also says that the special court did not give him the opportunity to record his statement in the case. The completion of the treason case without his statement is against Article 6 of the Constitution, it argued.

If the offence was so heinous then why did it take five years to prove it, he asked in the appeal.

Musharraf was sentenced to death for high treason on December 17. A three-member special court bench sentenced him.

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One Comment

  1. Muhammad Sabir  January 16, 2020 1:45 pm/ Reply

    Status given by the human,made law in the society(Pakistan) but the supreme authority (ALLAH)given the law to the human for the peoples made by Allah that is “though Quran” for the whole humanity is one, If some one poor did any mistake than he will be punished the with same which is for rich one. Islam have no distinction poor & King. Every one get the same penalty for the same conviction. So if some one did theft the poor & rich get the same (Saza yaanee thief must cut their hands )No shifarish acceptable and the judge (Q@azi give the decision that would not rejected by the president.

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