Court issues detailed order on Pervez Musharraf's petitions

MusharrafMusharraf is scheduled to appear in the special court on January 1. (IE Photo)

A Pakistani court on Thursday ruled that former military ruler Pervez Musharraf's objections to the special court set up to try him for treason had no legal status.

The Islamabad High Court, which has already rejected Musharraf's three petitions against the special court, gave its detailed ruling in an 11-page order issued on Thursday.

In his pleas, Musharraf had said the notification for the formation of the special court should be cancelled as it was not in accordance with the Constitution and law.

But the High Court made it clear that his objections to the formation of the special court to try him for treason for imposing emergency in 2007 had no legal status.

The government had announced on November 18 that the 70-year-old former army chief would be tried for high treason for conspiring against the Constitution and overthrowing the superior judiciary.

Musharraf is scheduled to appear in the special court on January 1. This is the first time that a military ruler has been put on trial for treason in Pakistan. If convicted, Musharraf could face life imprisonment or the death penalty.

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