An ex-Army Chief can't be a traitor: ISPR

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RAWALPINDI: Pakistan Army on Tuesday expressed concern over the death sentence awarded to former president Pervez Musharraf by the special court in high treason case, ISPR reported. “An ex-Army Chief, Chairman Joint Chief of Staff Committee (CJCSC) and President of Pakistan, who has served the country for over 40 years, fought wars for the defense of the country can surely never be a traitor,” said Director General (DG) Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a tweet. “The due legal process seems to have been ignored including constitution of the special court, denial of fundamental right of self-defence, undertaking individual specific proceedings and concluding the case in haste. Armed forces of Pakistan expect that justice will be dispensed in line with Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan,” he added.
The special court today awarded death sentence to former president Pervez Musharraf in high treason case against him. The special court, headed by Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth decided the high treason case with 2-1 split verdict against Musharraf. The former military chief is currently in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
The high treason trial for imposing the state of emergency on Nov 3, 2007, had been pending since December 2013. Musharraf was indicted on March 31, 2014.
He is presently admitted at a hospital in Dubai in a serious condition. The court will issue a detailed verdict within 48 hours.–Agencies