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Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf sentenced to death for treason

In a first for the South Asian nation, ex-army chief was tried with high treason for imposing emergency rule and suspending the constitution in 2007. Musharraf had toppled the civilian government of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999 and later became the country’s military president

A Pakistani special court sentenced former military dictator and president Pervez Musharraf to death in absentia on Tuesday, an unprecedented move in a country where the armed forces are often considered immune from prosecution.

In a two-to-one majority, the three-member special court headed by judge Waqar Ahmad Seth announced the verdict, his spokesman Mohammad Amjad said by phone on Tuesday, ending six-year long high treason proceedings against the former general for suspending the nation’s constitution in 2007.

Musharraf, who has been in Dubai since 2016 seeking medical treatment, has the right to appeal in the Supreme Court, according to former attorney general Ashtar Ausaf. It is the first time in Pakistan’s 72-year history that a military ruler has been tried for high treason.

Musharraf, as the army chief, toppled the civilian government of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999 and later ruled as the country’s military president. He imposed a state of emergency when facing growing opposition to his rule – suspending all civil liberties, human rights and democratic processes from November 2007 to February 2008.

He resigned later in 2008 to avoid impeachment by parliament, after a political party that backed him fared poorly in a general election. He has spent much of the time since then abroad.

The final years of his rule were marked by struggles with the judiciary stemming from his wish to remain head of the army while also being president. He had tried to sack the chief justice in March 2007, sparking nationwide protests and months of turmoil that led to the imposition of a state of emergency.

Last month, Musharraf issued a video recording from a hospital bed in Dubai in which he said he was not being given a fair hearing in the case that was filed by Sharif, soon after he returned to power in 2013.



“I served the nation and made decisions for the betterment of the country,” Musharraf said in the video clip.

The nation’s benchmark KSE-100 index fell as much as 1.5 per cent on the news of the verdict before paring losses to 0.3 per cent in Karachi.

A cigar-smoking, whisky-drinking moderate, Musharraf sided with the United States in its “war on terror” after the September 11 attacks in New York, a decision that was criticised by religious parties and ushered in years of Islamist violence in Pakistan.

The special court had delayed handing down its judgment in November after Prime Minister Imran Khan’s administration and Musharraf requested more time for arguments. An anti-terrorism court has already declared him to be an absconder and ordered the confiscation of his assets in the murder case of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Musharraf never attended legal proceedings, citing poor health. He has been in self-imposed exile ever since a travel ban was lifted in 2016 that allowed him to seek medical treatment abroad.

“Musharraf wanted to record his statement and was ready to visit Pakistan but he wanted foolproof security which was not provided,” said his lawyer, Akhtar Shah. “He is still in Dubai and sick.”

Comments

samir sardana 26 days ago
What about the Kashmir Genocide ?

The Ruling political dispensation of India (Hindoosthan) is a front of the RSS (a quasi wanna be Nazi party).The RSS in its documented history and intellectual posits has admired and co-opted and co-owned Hitler – not merely as a Role Model – but as a Kalki Avatar – or an Avatar of Vishnoo – the Hindoo God !

The SS part of the RSS is a lift from the Nazi SS and the “R” stands for “Rats”

The RSS is infested by the vermins of the Brahmin/Bania/Kayastha triad – which represent the priestly and trading classes of Hindoosthan who never fought a war for their nation – but incited the same and also carried out the largest unknown genocide in History – that of the Buddhists

The Bhagwad Gita JUSTIFIES genocide, w/o remorse,guilt and WITH DIVINE SANCTION.The Indian Military and Para Military,is a race of criminal mercenaries called Kshatriyas – who were the offspring of rapes by the Huns,Mongols,Sakas, Scythians,Persians, Parthinians,Greeks 1500-2000 years ago.They were discarded by their races and interbred and were treated as outcastes for centuries – until the Brahmins co-opted them as criminal mass murderers (around 1000 years ag Party – and who are now in Kashmir !

Nazis are on record JUSTIFYING their actions based on the thesis of the Bhagwad Gita explained in this note.

History Records that the Nazis were ALSO inspired by the Gita, per se,dindooohindoo

Why the “Nazis and Hitler and Himmler”, love the Gita

“Dindoo Hindoo Bindoo Gandoos” consider “Hitler to be a Vishnoo Avatar”

When Krishna the Bhagvat was fed up rying to explain to “Arjuna the – why he “needed to exterminate his foes” – this was the “last attempt” in the 18th Chapter of the Gita – the logic is as under :

Lumen Naturale 1 – There are “5 precedents to sense-perception and action”

मूल श्लोकः
शरीरवाङ्मनोभिर्यत्कर्म प्रारभते नरः।
न्याय्यं वा विपरीतं वा पञ्चैते तस्य हेतवः।।18.15।।

18.14 The locus as also the agent, the different kinds of organs, the many and distinct activities, and, the “divine is here the fifth”.

Lumen Naturale 2 – There “5 are causes of all action” and are “independent of the mind and body dualism” of Descartes and “also the Soul “!

मूल श्लोकः
यस्य नाहंकृतो भावो बुद्धिर्यस्य न लिप्यते।
हत्वापि स इमाँल्लोकान्न हन्ति न निबध्यते।।18.17।।

18.15 For whatever action a man undertakes by his body, speech and mind, whether right or wrong,i.e., enjoined or forbidden by the Sastras, “the following five”, are its causes:

Lumen Naturale Heart – Hence,you can “kill,murder and rape” – provided it is done with “no ego and no feelings “- for it is the “Act of the Divine” ! Just like the Nazis ! “Heil Krishna,the Bhagwat “!

मूल श्लोकः
अधिष्ठानं तथा कर्ता करणं च पृथग्विधम्।
विविधाश्च पृथक्चेष्टा दैवं चैवात्र पञ्चमम्।।18.14।।

18.17 He who has not the “feeling of egoism”, whose intellect is not tainted, he does not kill, nor does he become bound-“even by killing these creatures” !

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