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General Pervez Musharraf

(BBC)-General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military leader, has been sentenced to death at a special court hearing in Islamabad.

The three-member court sentenced him over a high treason charge that has been pending since 2013.

Gen Musharraf seized power in a military coup in 1999 and served as the country’s president from 2001 to 2008.

He is currently in Dubai after being allowed to leave the country for medical treatment in 2016.

The charge relates to Gen Musharraf’s suspension of the constitution in 2007, when he imposed emergency rule in a move intended to extend his tenure.

The 76-year-old issued a video statement from a hospital bed earlier this month, describing the case against him as “baseless”.

Gen Musharraf is the first military ruler to ever stand trial in Pakistan for overruling the constitution.

The verdict was announced on Tuesday with a 2-1 majority.

In November 2007, Gen Musharraf suspended the constitution and imposed emergency rule – a move which sparked protests. He resigned in 2008 to avoid the threat of impeachment.

When Nawaz Sharif – an old rival whom he deposed in a coup in 1999 – was elected prime minister in 2013, he initiated a treason trial against Gen Musharraf and in March 2014 the former general was charged for high treason.

Gen Musharraf argued the case was politically motivated and that the actions he took in 2007 were agreed by the government and cabinet. But his arguments were turned down by the courts and he was accused of acting illegally.

According to the Pakistani constitution, anyone convicted of high treason could face the death penalty. Gen Musharraf travelled to Dubai in 2016 after a travel ban was lifted and he has refused to appear before the court, despite multiple orders.

The three-member bench had reserved its verdict in the long-running case last month, but was stopped from announcing it by a petition filed by the federal government to the Islamabad High Court.

The indictment of Gen Musharraf in 2014 for treason was a highly significant moment in a country where the military has held sway for much of its independent history.

Many of Pakistan’s army chiefs have either ruled the country directly after coups, as Gen Musharraf did, or wielded significant influence over policymaking during periods of civilian rule.

But Gen Musharraf was the first army chief to be charged with such a crime and the powerful military will have watched the case carefully.

Analysts say the institution is deeply aware that how the case proceeds could set a precedent.

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Nehru posted:
Baseman posted:
cain posted:

Oh rass, good ting Trump doan live there

The only president who is illegally extending his tenure is HE Granger!

AMEN!  Also, a criminal, inhuman Bastard!!

Get with the program, that has nothing to do with treason.

Bai. Impeachment has to go to trial in the senate according to the US constitution. Most likely, that will be thrown out by the Senate. Don’t don’t your chickens before the eggs are hatched. 

Nehru posted:
Baseman posted:
cain posted:

Oh rass, good ting Trump doan live there

The only president who is illegally extending his tenure is HE Granger!

AMEN!  Also, a criminal, inhuman Bastard!!

 

Put that brain dead bastard to trial in 2020 ! No future president should be allowed to rape the constitution and ignore CCJ rulings. 

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cain posted:
Nehru posted:
Baseman posted:
cain posted:

Oh rass, good ting Trump doan live there

The only president who is illegally extending his tenure is HE Granger!

AMEN!  Also, a criminal, inhuman Bastard!!

Get with the program, that has nothing to do with treason.

In law, treason is criminal disloyalty, typically to the state. It is a crime that covers some of the more extreme acts against one's nation or sovereign. ... As jurisdictions around the world abolished petty treason, "treason" came to refer to what was historically known as high treason.
 
we can apply disloyalty to the constitution. 

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As we on Pakistan. PM Imran Khan predicting that Millions of Muslim Refuges will leave for Pakistan. If true, this will be a good thing, all those who prefer to live in Pakistan will be free to do so. The India Govt should help both financially and logistically. Hopefully, PEACE will finally come to that Region.

Sean posted:

Bai. Impeachment has to go to trial in the senate according to the US constitution.

Most likely, that will be thrown out by the Senate.

Don’t don’t your chickens before the eggs are hatched. 

Indeed, indeed, indeed ...

It needs just a few GOP Senators to vote with the Democrats.

Nehru posted:

DG, that will not happen.

The Republicans are afraid of Trump. They are a DISGRACE to America, Democracy, the Constitution, The Founding Fathers and humanity!!!

Indeed a strong possibility, Nehru.

However, the House of Representatives can pass/approve the articles of impeachment and do not forward it to the Senate.

Interesting times ahead.

Nehru posted:

As we on Pakistan. PM Imran Khan predicting that Millions of Muslim Refuges will leave for Pakistan. If true, this will be a good thing, all those who prefer to live in Pakistan will be free to do so. The India Govt should help both financially and logistically. Hopefully, PEACE will finally come to that Region.

Bai Pakistan is a shytehole country governed by many military dictators since independence. Imran smoking cheap weed. 

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Muslims in India will never move to Pakistan. They are a more mature people than Pakistanis and have made valuable contributions and are an integral part of Indian society. They love India, this new wave of Right wing Hindu nationalism is worrisome for them but it will pass. 

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Nehru posted:

As we on Pakistan. PM Imran Khan predicting that Millions of Muslim Refuges will leave for Pakistan. If true, this will be a good thing, all those who prefer to live in Pakistan will be free to do so. The India Govt should help both financially and logistically. Hopefully, PEACE will finally come to that Region.

If those people were going to leave then they would have left a long time ago.

Sean posted:
Nehru posted:

As we on Pakistan. PM Imran Khan predicting that Millions of Muslim Refuges will leave for Pakistan. If true, this will be a good thing, all those who prefer to live in Pakistan will be free to do so. The India Govt should help both financially and logistically. Hopefully, PEACE will finally come to that Region.

Bai Pakistan is a shytehole country governed by many military dictators since independence. Imran smoking cheap weed. 

Imran was known the knock down some serious liquor in English pubs.

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Prashad posted:

One good thing about Musharaff was that he got the Pakistani state to repair many Hindu temples that were falling apart in Pakistan.

He conned George bush about getting Bin Laden in Pakistan. He told Bush about a high-value target in Pakistan to get the aid. Bush hold wood.

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