Lahore HC declares the special court that awarded death penalty to Musharraf, as 'unconstitutional'

Lahore HC declares the special court that awarded death penalty to Musharraf, as 'unconstitutional'

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Islamabad, Jan 13 : The High Court in Lahore, Pakistan on Monday declared the formation of a special court that heard the treason case against former president Pervez Musharraf and handed him a death sentence, as "unconstitutional".

A three-member Bench, which was hearing Musharraf's petitions against the verdict, also ruled that the treason case against the former president was not prepared, in accordance with the law.

A short order of the High Court will be released shortly, The Dawn reported. The Bench, comprising Justices Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Mohammad Ameer Bhatti and Chaudhry Masood Jahangir, delivered the verdict unanimously.

Though the Bench did not issue any statement regarding the validity of the special court's verdict, which had sentenced General Musharraf to death, the petitioner's counsel said that the decision stands void, as the very formation of the special court that gave the judgement has been declared "unconstitutional".

Musharraf was handed over the death penalty on December 17, 2019 by a special court in Islamabad, on a case filed by the erstwhile PML-N Pakistani government in 2013, for suspending the Constitution, by imposing emergency in the country in 2007. In his petition, the former president had requested the High Court to set aside the special court's verdict for being illegal, without jurisdiction and unconstitutional, as it violated Articles 10-A, 4, 5, 10 and 10-A of the Constitution. At present, the former Pakistan army chief is in Dubai, UAE. (UNI)