The special court that had earlier found former military ruler General (r) Pervez Musharraf guilty of high treason, on Thursday issued its detailed verdict, “We direct the Law Enforcement Agencies to strive their level best to apprehend the fugitive/convict [Musharraf] and to ensure that the punishment is inflicted as per law and if found dead, his corpse be dragged to the D-Chowk, Islamabad and hanged for three days,” read the excerpt On Tuesday.
The court had sentenced Musharraf to death for imposing a state of emergency on November 3, 2007, adding that it had found him guilty of high treason in accordance with Article 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan. The case was heard by a bench comprising Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth of the Peshawar High Court (PHC), Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court (LHC) and Justice Nazar Akbar of the Sindh High Court (SHC). The special court, in its detailed verdict authored by Justice Seth, stated that Musharraf “has been afforded more than his due share of a fair trial” and “given every opportunity to defend himself”.
The court said that “the facts of the case are well documented” and “clearly demonstrate the guilt on the part of the accused”.“It proves beyond a shadow of reasonable doubt all the charges of High Treason leveled against the accused by the State,” the verdict adds.“We, with the majority of 2 as to 1, allow the complaint and hold the accused guilty of high treason as defined at Article 6 of the Constitution and pass punishment under section 2 High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973. Thus, the convict be hanged by his neck till he is dead,” it reads.It was a majority verdict, with two of the three judges giving the decision against Musharraf.