New Delhi: The lawyers of Pakistan Bar Council have condemned a Pakistani Army Spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor’s statement against the death sentence awarded to Pervez Musharraf by a Special Court, stated news agency ANI on Friday. It must be noted that the retired army chief General Musharraf was sentenced to death in a treason case and was convicted for violating Article 6 of the Constitution.
Major General Asif Ghafoor, the Director-General of Inter-Services Public Relations, had critised the detailed judgement of the special court against Pakistan’s former President Musharraf, the Vice Chairman of Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) had said on Thursday, as per a report.The Special Court had not just pronounced Musharraf’s death sentence but also issued the “hanging for three days” rider.
The detailed judgement delivered by Justice Waqar Seth, the special court’s presiding judge had “directed the law law enforcement agencies to apprehend the fugitive/convict to ensure that the punishment is inflicted as per law, and if found dead, his corpse be dragged to D-Chowk, Islamabad, and be hanged for 3 days,” as quoted by a report.
Shortly after the judgement was delivered, Ghafoor addressed a press conference on Thursday in which he condemned the special court’s choice of words in the verdict to be beyond the values of religion, humanity and civilization, added the report.
The high treason case against Pakistan’s former president was filed by the PML-N government in December 2013 for clamping the state of emergency on November 3, 2007. Musharraf was indicted on March 31, 2014. Although Musharraf was accused of unlawfully suspending the constitution, he never plead guilty and maintained that the charges against him were politically motivated. The former military chief is currently in United Arab Emirates’ Dubai.