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Wednesday 19 February 2020

‘If Musharraf dies before hanging, hang his body at crossroads’

The Pakistani court that sentenced Pervez Musharraf said in its verdict his body must be hanged if he were to die before the law hangs him

In what reads like the verdict of a kangaroo court in a banana republic, the 167-page detailed judgment issued by a special court of Pakistan that held Gen Pervez Musharraf guilty of treason says if he dies before he is hanged, his body should be dragged to the D Chowk in Islamabad and kept there hanging for three days. Pakistan’s former military ruler Gen Musharraf was sentenced to death by a special court for “betraying the country” earlier this week.

The 167-page detailed verdict has been written by Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court Waqar Ahmed Seth. Waqar Seth, who headed a three-member court bench, sentenced the former head of Pakistan Army to death on Tuesday (17 December) for abrogating the Constitution.

For the first time in the history of Pakistan, a military ruler has been sentenced to death for treason. A sedition case was filed against Musharraf in December 2013. On 31 March 2014, he was removed and his trial began.

Musharraf fled to Dubai in 2016 and never returned to Pakistan. The court, in a 167-page order, has sought to ensure that Musharraf is fully punished for every case against him.

The court said that the then Corps Command Committee and all uniformed officers posted under Musharraf would be considered as accomplices in this misdeed. The court convicted Musharraf and ordered that he be hanged till breath for these crimes.

The court pronounced this sentence under Article 6 of the Pakistani Constitution under which if a person conspires against the Constitution to crush it, attempt to suspend it or force its direction, he is considered guilty of treason. Such a person can be hanged.

Pervez Musharraf is reportedly seriously ill, and analysts do not expect him to face the sentence as Dubai has no extradition treaty with Pakistan. Nonetheless, his lawyer in the UK appealed, calling for a retrial.

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