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Law Experts says Pervez Musharraf Treason Case is Pre Decided

Posted by on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 11:24
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The trial of former president General (retd.) Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution for imposition of emergency rule on Nov 3, 2007 could thwart future attempts to topple elected governments, prominent legal and political experts agreed on Tuesday.

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These views were expressed by guest panelists while speaking in current affairs program, Nadeem Malik Live.

Veteran law expert and former federal minister Khalid Anwar said that 12 Oct 1999 coup was validated in 17th Amendment so it was a good step to focus just on Nov 3 emergency. The senior lawyer said that apparently this case was pre-decided as the Supreme Court had already declared Nov 3 emergency as an act of treason. “In my opinion, it will be difficult for judges of high courts to overrule the apex court’s verdict,” he maintained.

The army, he said, had no right to overthrow an elected government and take extra-constitutional steps.

Noted lawyer Salman Akram Raja said that it was government’s prerogative to put Musharraf on trial for his Nov 3 actions. “It is easy for the government to get a conviction for Nov 3 actions,” he opined.

Responding to a question, Raja said that he was not hopeful that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) would investigate Asghar Khan case ruling.

Former Sindh governor Let-Gen (retd.) Moinuddin Haider said that Article 6 was being invoked so that army could be discouraged from overthrow of civilian governments in future. Musahrraf could get life imprisonment or death sentence, he said, adding that there was another option to commute his sentence by the president at prime minister’s advice.

PML-Z leader Ejaz ul Haq said that the matter would be raised during the trial that why government did not file a case for Oct 12 actions. “But we will have to think whether we are heading toward confrontation with any state institution,” Haq said.

To a question, he said that parliament will have to validate any sentence handed out to Musharraf.

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