Musharraf facing treason trial

worldmusharrafISLAMABAD — Pakistan’s former military leader Pervez Musharraf has been directed to appear before the country’s top court in relation to allegations of treason.

Judges at the Supreme Court are considering an application to have him put on trial for imposing emergency rule and arresting judges in 2007.

The order comes as he got the go-ahead yesterday to run in next month’s polls.

But he has also been barred from leaving the country – two weeks after he returned from self-imposed exile.

Musharraf – who led a military government from 1999 until 2008 – had lived in Dubai and London and returned to run in the forthcoming parliamentary elections despite outstanding court cases against him.

Correspondents say his path has been rocky since his return. His election nomination papers were rejected in other locations before he was chosen as a candidate in the remote northern district of Chitral.

The Supreme Court was responding to petitions from lawyers who allege that Musharraf committed treason by suspending the constitution and sacking the entire higher judiciary in November 2007.

The court has asked the former leader to appear tomorrow when it considers whether or not to put him on trial.

But this is not the only legal case relating to his time in office that Musharraf is facing.

He is accused of failing to provide adequate security for former PM Benazir Bhutto ahead of her assassination in 2007; and is wanted in connection with the murder of a Baloch tribal leader, Nawab Akbar Bugti.

The former president has described the cases against him as “baseless” and politically motivated. (BBC)

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