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Pakistan Govt Levels Five Charges against Musharraf

Pakistan Govt Levels Five Charges against MusharrafIn compliance with the Supreme Court’s order, the government on Thursday filed a complaint in a special court with five charges for the trial of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for high treason. Interior Secretary Shahid Khan has submitted the complaint to the special court’s Registrar, Abdul Ghani Soomro, against Musharraf for the offence of high treason under Article 6 of the constitution, read with section 3 of the high treason (Punishment Act 1973) and section 5 of the criminal law amendment (special court) Act, 1976.

The government has prayed the special court that Musharraf should be summoned for his trial, convicted and punished in accordance with law and the constitution. It is for the first time in the country’s history that the federal government has moved a complaint against any person for the offence of high treason under Article 6 of the constitution. According to the government’s complaint, Pervez Musharraf has been declared as the lone accused. The government stated in its complaint, “Criminal acts of subversion of the constitution, constituting high treason, were personal acts of General (r) Pervez Musharraf for the purposes of his personal aggrandisement and a consequential vendetta.”