Pakistan’s ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf was sentenced to death in the high treason case by a special court here, according to media reports. A three-member bench of the special court, headed by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth, handed Musharraf, 76, death sentence in the long-drawn high treason case against him for suspending the Constitution and imposing emergency rule in 2007, a punishable offence for which he was indicted in 2014.
The special court — comprising Justice Seth, Justice Nazar Akbar of the Sindh High Court and Justice Shahid Karim of the Lahore High Court –announced the verdict it had reserved on November 19, the Dawn newspaper reported.
The former Army chief left for Dubai for medical treatment in March 2016 and has not returned since, citing security and health reasons.
President from 2001 to 2008, he was one of Pakistan’s longest-serving rulers.
He went into self-imposed exile in 2008, returning to Pakistan in March 2013.
He had hoped to lead his party into elections, but was disqualified from standing and found himself fighting an array of charges relating to his time in power.