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Pak lawyer asks police to register treason case against Musharraf

Last Updated: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 17:25

Islamabad: A lawyer on Sunday asked Pakistani
police to register a case of treason against former President
Pervez Musharraf in the wake of the Supreme Court`s verdict
declaring the 2007 emergency unconstitutional and illegal.

Rawalpindi-based lawyer Chaudhry Khurram Manzoor
submitted an application at the Secretariat police station
here asking for the case to be registered against Musharraf,
who is currently in Europe.

Following the Supreme Court`s order that the emergency
imposed by Musharraf on November 3, 2007 was unconstitutional
and illegal, police should register a case of violation of the
constitution against the former military ruler, Manzoor said.

Manzoor also said Musharraf should be tried for
betraying the nation.

Police accepted Manzoor`s application and sought the
opinion of the legal department on whether proceeding with
registering a formal case, officials told TV channels.

Legal experts have said the apex court`s judgement has
paved the way for Musharraf to be tried for treason. However,
under Pakistani laws, only the government can initiate such
action against the former President.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said parliament
should decide Musharraf`s fate.

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 17:25
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