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Musharraf Awarded Death Sentence In High Treason Case

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The Special Court hearing the case of former President General (retired) Pervez Musharaf has awarded him the death sentence in the case of high treason.

The case against him was registered by the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) for his imposition of Emergency Rule in 2007.

The special bench hearing this case consisted of Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Seth, Sindh High Court Justice Nazar Akbar and Lahore High Court Justice Shahid Karim.

The government’s case was being presented by Advocate Ali Zia Bajwa.

Bajwa had urged the bench to change the verdict but the court refused to do so. He then added that Musharraf’s Prime Ministers should also be tried as aiders and abettors and given the same treatment as him. The bench gave the prosecution two weeks to come up with a new charge sheet.

Musharraf’s counsel Raza Bashir asked for 15 to 20 days to record the former president’s statement but the bench refused saying that they had already given the former president six opportunities to do so.

The verdict was to be announced earlier in November but due to the Interior Ministry and Attorney General’s recommendations and the need for the prosecution to present more argument’s the verdict was delayed.

A detailed judgement will be released in two days.

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