Parvez Musharraf gets death penalty
It has never happened in the history of Pakistan, till now. A former military ruler has been given death penalty for putting military rule in the country unconstitutionally.
A three-member bench of the special court of Pakistan, headed by the Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth with Justice Nazar Akbar of the Sindh High Court (SHC) and Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court handed former military ruler Pervez Musharraf death sentence in the treason case against him.
Musharraf is accused of unlawfully suspending the constitution and instituting emergency rule in 2007.
He pleaded not guilty and has always claimed that the charges against him are politically motivated. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
President from 2001 to 2008, he was one of Pakistan’s longest-serving rulers.
He went into self-imposed exile in 2008, returning to Pakistan in March 2013.
It was under Musharraf’s tenure as Pakistan Army Chief when the country went into war with India in 1999. The Kargil War saw many casualties from both the side of the border.