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Decision given by General Musharraf received with ‘pain and anguish’ by armed forces: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: The decision by the special court which has sentenced former president and chief of army staff General (r) Pervez Musharraf to death has been received with “pain and anguish”, read a statement from the DG ISPR, on Tuesday.

Musharraf, 76, is currently in Dubai where he is seeking treatment of multiple diseases.

The case had been heard by a special bench comprising Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth of the Peshawar High Court, Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court and Justice Nazar Akbar of the Sindh High Court (SHC). They had been appointed on the orders of the Supreme Court.

“An ex-army chief, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee (CJCSC) and President of Pakistan, who has served the country for over 40 years, fought wars for the defence of the country can surely never be a traitor,” the military’s public relations wing said in a statement.

It said that the due legal process seemed to have been ignored including the constitution of a special court, denial of fundamental right of self-defence, undertaking individual specific proceedings and concluding the case in haste.

“Armed forces of Pakistan expect that justice will be dispensed in line with the Constitution in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” read the statement.

Musharraf has been found guilty of abrogating the constitution on November 3, 2007 and imposing a state of emergency in the country.


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