Pakistan court overrules Pervez Musharraf's death sentence, declares special tribunal's ruling 'unconstitutional'
Lahore (Pakistan) | Jagran News Desk: In what came as a huge relief to former dictator Pervez Musharraf, a Pakistani court on Monday declared his trial in the treason case as "unconstitutional", leading to the annulment of the death sentence against him.
A three-member full bench of the Lahore High Court -- which included Justices Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, Mohammad Ameer Bhatti and Chaudhry Masood Jahangir -- declared the formation of the special court against Musharraf as "unconstitutional".
The bench ruled that the treason case against former Army chief 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," Additional Attorney General of Pakistan Ishtiaq A Khan said.
"Gen Musharraf is a freeman now," he added. Reacting to the verdict, Musharraf, the former Pakistan Army chief, lauded the verdict of the Lahore High Court, saying that the court made the decision according to the law and Constitution.
In an audio statement, he said, "I cannot comment on it but the decision is really good, I am very happy that the judgement is as per the law and Constitution."
He said his condition was gradually improving. "I am grateful to all those who prayed for my health," Geo News quoted Musharraf as saying in Dubai.
The special court in Islamabad on December 17 last handed down the death penalty to the 74-year-old retired general, now based in Dubai, after six years of hearing the high-profile treason case against him.
The case was filed by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz government headed by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in 2013.
It had found that the ex-president, now living in Dubai on self-exile, guilty of high treason by abrogating the Constitution and imposing extra-constitutional emergency in Pakistan in November 2007 and handed him the death sentence.
(With PTI inputs)
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