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Pakistan Army stands by Musharraf, says departure sentence received with ‘pain and anguish’

Hours after former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf was given death punishment by a court that was special, Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations Tuesday said the decision has been received with pain by Pakistan Armed Forces and the legal process has been ignored.

Musharraf was given death penalty by a special court for imposing Emergency in 2007. A bench comprising Shahid Karim and Justices Nazar Akbar delivered a split verdict, according to Dawn and headed by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth.

In a statement, the DG ISPR Major Gen. Asif Ghafoor said,’The decision given by the’An ex-Army Chief, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee and President of Pakistan, who has served the country for over 40 years, fought wars for the defense of the nation can surely never be a traitor.’ ‘The process seems to have been disregarded including constitution of court, denial of basic right of self defence, concluding the situation in haste and undertaking proceedings,’ he added

‘Armed Forces of Pakistan expect that justice will be dispensed with Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan consistent,’ the statement read.

Musharraf, who is since 2016 for treatment in Dubai, had declared a state of emergency suspending Pakistan’s Constitution. He detained several judges, including the chief justice of Pakistan.

The emergency was lifted after 42 days, on December 15. Musharraf resigned from office with the Opposition preparing the ground to impeach him. In 2009, the Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled that Musharraf’s decision was unconstitutional. When asked by the Supreme Court to defend his actions musharraf had left the country. In 2013, the court agreed to try Musharraf for treason.

He returned to Pakistan to contest elections. He had been given an anticipatory bail, protecting him from arrest in three high-profile instances. Musharraf appeared in 2014 before the supreme court. He plead not guilty for all fees.

In 2016, Musharraf gets permission to fly to Dubai for medical treatment. He promised to return to his ‘homeland’ in a couple weeks. After a month, a special court hearing the charges against Musharraf declared him an absconder for failing to return.

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