Pakistan’s former military leader, General Pervez Musharraf has been sentenced to death by a three-member special court in Islamabad. The sentence comes as a punishment to charges related to his declaration of emergency rule in the country in the year 2007 to extend his political tenure. “Pervez Musharraf has been found guilty of article 6 for violation of the constitution of Pakistan,” government law officer Salman Nadeem said.
Former President Nawaz Sharif had initiated the treason case against Musharraf after coming into power and the case has been pending since 2013.
The former President had requested the special court to postpone the reserved verdict until he was able to personally appear before the Lahore High Court and sought suspension of his trial in absence. “Musharraf wanted to record his statement and was ready to visit Pakistan but he wanted foolproof security which was not provided,” his lawyer Akhtar Shah said according to reports from media sources. “He is still in Dubai and sick.”
Pervez Musharraf had seized the power of the country by a coup, led in 1999 and later on ruled Pakistan as its president. In an attempt to hold himself in power and while facing growing opposition from within his party, had declared Emergency rule which resulted in the suspension of all human, civil and democratic rights of the citizens of Pakistan. However, as his party failed to hold power, he declared his resignation in 2008. The former military dictator has been living in exile in Dubai since he was allowed to leave the country in March 2016 for medical purposes and has since then not returned to Pakistan citing the same.