Govt decides to try Musharraf for treason, says Nisar

Islamabad: The Federal Minister for Interior Ch. Nisar Ali Khan has announced that government will move the Supreme Court (SC) to try former President General Pervez Musharraf under Article 6 in high treason for subverting the constitution of Pakistan twice.

“Following the judgement of the Supreme Court and a report submitted by an inquiry committee, it has been decided to start proceedings against General Pervez Musharraf (for treason) under Article 6 of the Constitution,” Khan told a press conference televised live on Sunday. “It is happening for the first time in the history of Pakistan and the decision has been taken in the national interest,” Khan said.

The minister said the Supreme Court’s Chief Justice would Monday receive a letter from the government requesting the setting-up of a tribunal of three high court judges to start proceedings against Musharraf for treason. The government would also announce a special prosecutor on Monday.

Nisar said that Musharraf had committed crimes against the people of Pakistan and against the constitution. Musharraf had been granted bail in all cases against him since his return to Pakistan in a bid to contest general elections in May.

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