Former Pak prez Musharraf indicted for treason, might get death

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Former Pak prez Musharraf indicted for treason, might get death
Islamabad, March 31: Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf was indicted by a special court on Monday for high treason for the 2007 emergency he imposed on the country.

If convicted, Musharraf will be sentenced to death or will be jailed for life. However, Musharraf said he is innocent and the charges against him are framed.

"Whatever I did, I did for the country and its people. I am sad that I am being called a traitor," stated Musharraf. He added that he made Pakistan a respectable country during his tenure.

Musharraf is being tried for suspending, subverting and abrogating the constitution under Article 6 for imposing an emergency in the country in November 2007 and detaining judges of superior courts.

The court reserved a judgment on whether he could travel to Dubai to meet his ailing mother for later on Monday, said a HT report.

Musharraf arrived at the court on Monday even though there were speculations that he wouldn't attend the session owing to illness.

He is admitted in the Armed Forced Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), but attended the hearing on Monday morning.

"I honour this court and prosecution, I strongly believe in law I don't have ego problems, and I have appeared in court 16 times in this year -- in Karachi, Islamabad and Rawalpindi," he said, adding "I am a decorated soldier who has received medals for bravery while fighting in wars for Pakistan."

A three-member bench, headed by Justice Faisal Arab, heard the treason case. There have been 35 hearings for the case so far of which Musharraf has only attended one.

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