Former Pakistani President-Pervez Musharraf Case (Download PDF)

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A former military ruler. Death sentence for high treason. Resigned the presidency in 2008. Facing impeachment changes. Self-imposed exile until August 14,2010. Own political party, the All Pakistan Muslim League. Contested the general elections in 2013.

  • Lived under tight security in Pakistan.
  • Barred by the courts from contesting in the elections.
  • Embroiled in several legal cases (assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto) .
  • Nawaz Sharif initiated a treason trial against Musharraf in 2013.
  • Not returned to Pakistan since Sharif allowed Musharraf to leave the country.
  • Charged with treason for imposing an emergency in November 2007.
  • Arrested several judges, indicted (accuse of or charge with a crime) in March 2014.
  • Left Pakistan in March 2016 for treatment in Dubai.
  • Special court directed law enforcement to apprehend Musharraf to ensure the death sentence is carried out.

Musharraf՚s Rule and Pakistan՚s Woes

  • Most loathed leader after former dictator General Zia-ul-Haq (1977 - 88) .
  • Pushed Pakistan into backwardness by introducing religious fundamentalism in the country.
  • Musharraf unwillingly joined the United States in 2001 for its war against the Taliban in Afghanistan.
  • Pakistan was pushed into the Afghan quagmire.
  • Tens of thousands of Pakistanis have reportedly lost their lives in terror attacks.
  • Ordered a fifth military operation in Balochistan.
  • Fueled the fifth Baloch insurgency in Balochistan.
  • Killed several prominent Baloch leaders leading to the ongoing conflict between Pakistan and Balochistan.

Public Response

  • Welcomed the Verdict of the special court
  • A valid one
  • Few journalists have also welcomed the judgement
  • Right step towards a good democracy
  • The army reacted angrily to Musharraf՚s verdict

Way Ahead

  • Article 6-Use of force or by any other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason, abrogates or subverts or suspends or hold in abeyance.
  • Pakistan՚s High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973- Punishment for high treason is death or life imprisonment.
  • Appeal against the verdict will lie in Pakistan՚s Supreme Court.

Article 45

  • The country՚s President can pardon him even if the top court upholds the special court՚s verdict.
  • President can grant pardon, reprieve and respite, Remit, Suspend or commute any sentence passed by any court tribunal or other authority.
  • Pakistan՚s army declared Musharraf not a traitor.

- Published/Last Modified on: March 31, 2020

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