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Treason case: Supreme Court challenges decision to dismiss special court

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court has challenged the decision of setting up a special court convicting former president Pervez Musharraf in a serious treason case.

Sindh High Court Bar challenged Lahore High Court’s decision to revoke formation of special court

The Sindh High Court Bar, in its petition, has requested to reinstate the death sentence of Pervez Musharraf and took the stand that the Lahore High Court did not have the authority to hear the petition against the special court.

The petition further stated that the Lahore High Court did not examine the facts and law properly; the High Court did not give any importance to the evidence of the prosecution. The case against Pervez Musharraf was on admitted facts.

It should be remembered that a three-member bench of the special court had sentenced Pervez Musharraf to death in a serious treason case on December 17, 2019.

Two members of the bench supported the decision while one member opposed it.

The special court in its judgment also ordered that all facilitators of Pervez Musharraf be deported to the court of law, and in the verdict, Justice Waqar Seth wrote in para 66 that if Pervez Musharraf died before his execution. The body should be hung at D Chowk for 3 days.

On January 13, the Lahore High Court declared the formation of a special court to pronounce the death sentence of former president-general Pervez Musharraf unconstitutional.

The court, in its judgment, said that the amendment under Article 6 cannot be applied in the past; in the absence of the accused, the trial is illegal; constitutional and legal requirements have not been fulfilled at the time of the formation of the special court.

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