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Government to try Musharraf for high treason: PM

- June 24, 2013 - Updated 1215 PKT - From Web Edition

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif announced in the National Assembly that former military dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf will be tried for high treason under article 6 of the Constitution, Geo News reported.


Pervez Musharraf faces charges of abrogating the Constitution of Pakistan and detaining judges of the higher judiciary after imposing emergency on November 3, 2007.


Speaking in the National Assembly on Monday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pervez Musharraf will be held accountable for subverting the Constitution of Pakistan, stopping judges of higher judiciary from working through illegal orders and taking unconstitutional steps of imposing emergency on November 3, 2007.


He said that there had been a tug of war between democracy and dictatorship, adding that political parties and intellectuals didn’t let the flag of democracy fall.


Moreover, Nawaz Sharif said that Pakistan came into being through democractic struggle and the process of transition of power will continue in the country.


Article 6 : High Treason*


(1)Any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or holds in abeyance, or attempts or conspires to abrogate or subvert or suspend or hold in abeyance, the Constitution by use of force or show of force or by any other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.


(2)Any person aiding or abetting [or collaborating] the acts mentioned in clause (1) shall likewise be guilty of high treason.


(2A)An act of high treason mentioned in clause (1) or clause (2) shall not be validated by any court including the Supreme Court and a High Court.


(3)Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) shall by law provide for the punishment of persons found guilty of high treason.


*excerpt from the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Reader Comments
Constitution is a sacred document which needs to be respected and acted upon by all and sundry.The civilised and educated people show lots of regard to it.It is only that uncultured and half-educated people like gen.Zia and the like consider this highly valueable book as "SHEAf OF PAPERs". Musharaf showed total disregard and despise by abrogating it TWICE.he should be tried under the law.He should not be spared. Whosoever breaks law,he must be shown justice.All are equal before law.

Where the attention is needed and where the focus is. Majority don't have food, water, shelter, jobs etc What are the core issues? why focus on non issues? Failures are everywhere why these politicians don't patch up their personal quarrels for the sake of Pakistan. Is not this an attempt to divert attention of the poor masses to non issues?

Abdul Hamid Abbasi
I disagree with not only the entire text quoted but with the name given to the peace of paper "constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan" because It's neither Islamic nor republic and there is no constitution in the land called Pakistan.

Nawaz puttar Aaam Khao, terey chor bhai Zardari ney bhai-jai hain, tey mitti pao Musharraf no aur khasmaan no khao. Baad-wich insaan ban jao.

Zahid Butt, Bahawalpur
Nawaz Sharif should be tried himself for high treason for aiding Zia ul Haq during his regime. Bunch of hypocrites.

Justice must be served. Our justice system is not there for trying petty criminals only, but the powerful should be tried too. Only then will Pakistan become strong.

Well done Nawaz Shareef. This is the only way to teach future adventurers that the constitution is much more sacred than a mere piece of paper. The level of civilization of any nation is measured by how much esteem & obedience they show to their constitution.

M. Sadiq Swati
It is on the record when giving an interview, Zardari junior Bilawal Zardari accused Musharraf for his mother's murder. AAZ was president, PPP government for 5 years failed to prosecute Musharraf.

Nadeem A
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