Pak govt to prosecute Musharraf for high treason

Last Updated: Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 15:15

Islamabad: Pakistan government will
prosecute former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and his
collaborators for "high treason" for violating the
constitution by imposing emergency in 2007.

The Parliament will pass a resolution to this effect
soon, a minister has said.

"The National Assembly, while passing the resolution,
will also have to distinguish whether only Pervez Musharraf
was responsible for committing this act of high treason or
others who abetted him were also responsible," Minister of
State for Law Afzal Sindhu has said.

"The federal government will act according to the
findings and suggestions of the assembly," Sindhu told The
News daily.

"Such a case will be filed in a sessions court in
Islamabad," he said.

Pakistan`s Supreme Court has ruled that Musharraf`s
act of imposing emergency was unconstitutional and illegal,
raising the possibility of him being tried for treason.

However, under the constitution, only the federal government
can initiate such a case.

Sindhu said according to the High Treason (Punishment)
Act of 1973 and a subsequent law of 1976, a person designated
by the federal government will file the complaint in a
sessions court.

Bureau Report



First Published: Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 15:15

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