‘Calling For Humiliation Of Corpse Inhumane’: Social Media Reacts To Strongly-Worded Judgement
The detailed verdict in the Musharraf high treason case was released today, with one of the judges directing law enforcement agencies to hang the former president’s corpse at D-chowk in Islamabad if he died before punishment. This aspect of the verdict has received strong reaction on social media, with people calling out the severity of the judgement while calling it shameful and inappropriate.
Lawyer Taimur Malik stated on Twitter that paragraph 66 of the judgement, which calls for Musharraf’s hanging at D-Chowk, was inappropriate, unusual and unfortunate.
Paragraph 66 of the Pervez Musharraf judgment is inappropriate and unusual. What did the Special Court aim to achieve by suggesting that “if found dead, his corpse be dragged to the D-Chowk…” Very unfortunate! pic.twitter.com/KwCHJiuu1C
— Taimur Malik (@taimur_malik) December 19, 2019
Journalist Amir Zia called the punishment shameful and condemnable, and asked if this should be referred to as ‘judicial madness’.
Shouldn’t we call it judicial madness? The special court judges want #Musharraf’s “corpse be dragged to the D-Chowk, Islamabad, #Pakistan, and be hanged for 03 day.”
Shameful, condemnable verdict… shows the bias of these judges. pic.twitter.com/sfnf53EdhT
— Amir Zia (@AmirZia1) December 19, 2019
A social media user said that this was one of the reasons why the death penalty should be eliminated, adding that it engendered a ‘horrific limitless bloodlust’. He added that for all his sins, the former president did not deserve to die.
This is one of many reasons why the death penalty should be eliminated. It engenders this horrific limitless bloodlust. For all his sins, Musharraf does not deserve to die; and he most certainly does not deserve to be displayed in D-Chowk as a festering corpse. https://t.co/gL5VF2C0Oh
— Kala Kawa (@kaalakawaa) December 19, 2019
Journalist Wajahat Kazmi stated that this was a new low.
This is a new low! Law Enforcement Agencies directed to drag Pervez Musharraf's dead body to the D-Chowk, Islamabad and hang it for 3 days if he is found dead before he could be arrested and executed – #غدار_مشرف pic.twitter.com/FzOnNIi0bJ
— Wajahat Kazmi (@KazmiWajahat) December 19, 2019
One user, while calling this outrageous, said that this was absolute provocation and personal vendetta in the garb of an order. He further questioned that under what law Justice Waqar Seth had ordered Musharraf’s corpse to be hung at D-chowk.
This is outrageous. Its absolute provocation and personal vendetta in the garb of an order. Under what law Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth presiding over the Special Court ordered Muharraf's corpse to be dragged to the D-Chowk and be hanged there for 3-days?
Rapists ko to latkaya ni gya pic.twitter.com/5uK4xw9CuH
— Ak47♛ (@HolaItsAk47) December 19, 2019
Journalist Murtaza Solangi expressed the hope that the outrage against paragraph 66 of the Special Court resulted in the creation of a national consensus against the death penalty as it was demeaning and against human dignity.
I hope the outrage against #Para66 of the Special Court judgment on death penalty against Pervez Musharraf results in creation of national consensus against #deathPenalty as it is against the very concept of punishment and it is demeaning and against human dignity.
— Murtaza Solangi (@murtazasolangi) December 19, 2019
Lawyer Saad Rasool said that the court had released Nawaz Sharif, sent Asif Zardari to hospital and had freed countless suspects of terrorism and espionage while it had ordered Musharraf’s corpse to be hung.
— Saad Rasool (@SaadRasooll) December 19, 2019
One user called out the severity of the judgement and asked if declaring Musharraf traitor was not enough.
Special court, in its verdict against Musharraf, directed to apprehend him, let his corpse be dragged to the D-Chowk and hanged for 3 days.
Are you serious Adlia? Humiliating him for constitution breach by labelling ‘ghaddar’ wasn’t enough, already? pic.twitter.com/qZ1Rtirmhq
— Sameena E. (@SameenaERana) December 19, 2019
Journalist Atif Mateen stated that public hanging was different but humiliating a dead body at a public place was going a bit too far.
Radical or brutal: Public hanging is different but humiliating a dead body at public place (D-Chowk) for three days is a next level. It will have far reaching consequences for judiciary if not these judges. SC-Army tension bound to get high https://t.co/4gpQ83y056
— Atif Mateen (@AtifMateen2) December 19, 2019
Journalist Farzana Shah question if this was permitted under any law and if personal vendetta played any part in the verdict.
Detailed verdict against #Musharraf states that if he dies, his corpse should be brought to D-Chowk and be hanged for 03 day.
Who has authored this verdict ? Personal vendetta ? or any Ethnic hatred?
Is this permitted under the law? Isn't it against Islam?verdict still unbiased? pic.twitter.com/wXu3HSHAeP
— Farzana Shah (@Jana_Shah) December 19, 2019
Journalist Muhammad Taqi stated that he disagreed with the ‘hanging at D-Chowk’ part of the verdict, but the rest was a befitting response to the army adventurists.
Strongly disagree with the D-Chowk bit in the #MusharrafVerdict which is reminiscent of the 18th century posthumous punishment given to Oliver Cromwell. The rest is pure gold and a befitting response to the army adventurists
— Mohammad Taqi (@mazdaki) December 19, 2019