Pakistan forms special court to try Musharraf on treason

Pakistan announced a special court to try former military ruler Musharraf under article 6 of the constitution.

Pakistan forms special court to try Musharraf on treason

Pakistan's federal government on Tuesday announced a special court to try former military ruler Pervez Musharraf under article 6 of the constitution, which deals with high treason and breach of the constitution.
Justice Faisal Arab, a senior judge of the Sindh High Court, will head the three-member special court, the Law Ministry confirmed in a statement obtained by Anadolu Agency.

No date has so far been fixed for hearing of the case.

The Pakistani government announced on Sunday that Musharraf would be put on trial under article 6 of the constitution.

The decision came one day after the Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) submitted a report to the government holding Musharraf responsible for the imposition of emergency and the detention of judges.

On November 3, 2007, Musharraf imposed a state of emergency in Pakistan.

The emergency order was immediately declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

However, security forces surrounded the Supreme Court and detained over five dozen judges, including Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

The chief justice and other judges were later restored following a popular movement championed by lawyers and civil society activists.

Musharraf took the reign of power on October 12, 1999 by toppling the elected government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a bloodless military coup.

Sharif was sent into exile under an agreement brokered by Saudi Arabia before he returned to Pakistan in 2007 and resumed his political activities.

Sharif is now serving his third term as prime minister of this South Asian nuclear Muslim state.

Futile

A lawyer for Musharraf described his trial under treason charges as a futile exercise.

"This is just an effort to divert the public attention from simmering issues like price hike, unemployment, and poor law and order in the country," Ahmad Raza Kasuri told Anadolu Agency.

"There is no substance in this case. It is just waste of time," he suggested.

Kasuri argues that Musharraf was not solely responsible for the imposition of emergency.

"The then prime minister (Shaukat Aziz), the cabinet, the corps commander and other top officials were with General Musharraf in that regard," he added.

"Why then only General Musharraf is being tried?" Kasuri asked.

Musharraf is facing trial for murder of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who died in a blast in Rawalpindi on December 27, 2007.

He is also accused of killing Baluch nationalist leader Nawab Akbar Bugti and Islamabad's Red Mosque imam Ghazi Abdul Rasheed.

Both men were killed in separate military operations in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

Musharraf has been granted bail in all three cases by different courts.

He had earlier been put under house arrest, an unprecedented move against a former army chief in a country where the military holds huge power.

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