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Pakistani Government to Appeal Musharraf Death Sentence

ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani government announced on Thursday it intends to appeal the death sentence against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

Musharraf, who lives in Dubai, was sentenced to death on high treason charges.

Pakistan’s government has said it will appeal to the Supreme Court and denounced a judge who made comments that his body should be displayed in public.

Shahzad Akbar, special assistant to the prime minister on accountability, said at a press conference: “We have serious concern over conclusion of this trial.

“The case was concluded in a rush manner. There was never trial in absentia in history which happened now.”

The executive denounced Judge Waqar Ahmed Seth for requesting in the sentence to hang the corpse of the retired soldier in public for three days.

Farogh Naseem, federal law minister, said: “He has proved himself mentally unfit, incompetent.

“He is unfit to be a judge of high court or supreme court.”

Ahmed, one of three judges who sentenced the retired general, asked for Musharraf’s body to be publicly displayed if he were captured dead, according to a court ruling published on Thursday.

His request will not be carried out since the other two judges were both against it and one of them was also against the death penalty altogether.

Army spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said: “The verdict issued today and especially the words used in the written order crossed humanity, religion, and culture.”

The military, which has ruled the country for half its 72-year history and exerts a great influence in democratic periods, has defended the former leader and head of the armed forces, saying due process was not followed in the trial.

Musharraf was sentenced to death in absentia for the crime of high treason because he suspended constitutional order in 2007.

It was the first time in the history of the country a military ruler was convicted for his actions.

The treason case began in 2013 when he was accused of imposing a state of emergency and decreeing the arrest of dozens of judges by the government of then prime minister Nawaz Sharif, who Musharraf succeeded in 1999.

He now lives in Dubai, where he traveled three years ago with a promise to return to face justice but has since refused to go back to Pakistan.

In his first public statement since the sentence, Musharraf described his conviction as a “personal revenge” against him.

The retired military ruler came to power through a coup in 1999 and ruled until 2008.

 

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