Pak court overrules Musharraf death sentence

Pak court overrules Musharraf death sentence


In a major relief for the self-exiled former military dictator of Pakistan , a top court in Lahore on Monday declared his 'complaint and trial' in the high treason case as 'unconstitutional' leading to the annulment of his death penalty by a special tribunal.

The special court of Islamabad on December 17 handed down the death penalty to the 74-year-old retired general after six years of hearing the high-profile treason case against him. The case was filed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government in 2013.

A three-member full Bench of the Lahore High Court comprising Mr. Justices Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Mohammad Ameer Bhatti and Chaudhry Masood Jahangir unanimously declared the formation of the special court against Gen. Musharraf as 'unconstitutional' on Monday.

The court also ruled that the treason case against him was not prepared in accordance with the law.

'The Lahore High Court has declared unconstitutional all actions right from initiation of complaint and its conclusion against General (retd.) Musharraf by the special court,' the Additional Attorney General of Pakistan, Mr. Ishtiaq A Khan said.