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Musharraf treason case: Pak court reserves judgment; verdict on Nov 28

Musharraf became Pakistan's first army chief to be charged with treason when he was indicted on March 31, 2014

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Ajmal Kasab, Pervez Musharraf, Kulbhushan Jadhav
File photo of Pervez Musharraf | Photo: Reuters

A special Pakistani court on Tuesday said it will announce its verdict in the high treason case against former military dictator General (retd) Pervez on November 28.

The previous Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government had filed the treason case against the ex-army chief in 2013 over the imposition of extra-constitutional emergency in 2007.

A three-member tribunal headed by Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth conducted the hearing in the case on clamping the state of emergency on November 3, 2007.

After reserving the judgement on Tuesday, the court announced that the verdict would be given on November 28. It also directed the counsel of Musharraf to submit final argument if any by November 26, Dawn News reported. Musharraf is said to be living in the UAE.

If convicted, Musharraf, 76, may face death sentence.

Musharraf became Pakistan's first army chief to be charged with treason when he was indicted on March 31, 2014. He pleaded not guilty to five charges and dismissed them as being politically motivated, The Express Tribune reported.

The hearing in the high-profile case was stalled after Musharraf left for Dubai in 2016.

Musharraf left Pakistan for Dubai for medical treatment on March 18, 2016 with a commitment to come back. He managed to go abroad after his name was removed from the no-fly list or Exit Control List on the orders of the Supreme Court.

A few months later, however, the special court declared him a "proclaimed offender" and ordered the confiscation of his property owing to his no-show at the hearings.

He has repeatedly refused to return to Pakistan citing security reasons.

His lawyer Akhar Shah said that the former president could not appear in person due to security reasons. He also said that Musharraf's health was not good and was not allowed by the doctors in Dubai to travel.

Musharraf seized power in 1999 by toppling the government of prime minister Nawaz Sharif and ruled until 2008 when he was forced to step down.

First Published: Tue, November 19 2019. 21:25 IST