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Pervez Musharraf indicted in Treason Case

ISLAMABAD: Former President and Army Chief General (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf was indicted in the treason trial which is being heard by the Special Court in Islamabad on Monday (today), ARY News reports.

A three member bench headed by Justice Faisal Arab of Sindh High Court heard the treason case against the former military ruler of Pakistan.

The court remarked that Pervez Musharraf broke the constitution after imposing emergency in the country in November 2007. Musharraf refused to accept the charges against him. "I am not guilty", he added.

Earlier, the former military ruler had appointed Barrister Farogh Naseem as defence counsel for the hearing  as other lawyers of Musharraf had bycotted the court proceedings.

General (Retd.) Pervez Musharraf had arrived at the Special Court for the hearing of the treason trial earlier today.

Heavy security measures were taken on the route and at the court for presenting Musharraf before the Special Court. 

Special Court had issued non-bailable warrants against Musharraf and ordered Police to present him before the bench today.

Musharraf left for Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology after the hearing of the treason trial amidst high security.

Charges Against Musharraf

The former president is accused of treason under Article 6 for suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution, imposing an emergency in the country in November 2007 and detaining judges of the superior courts.

The three judge court headed by Justice Faisal Arab read out the indictment against the former military strongman.

The indictment comprises of five charges cited imposition of Nov 3, 2007 emergency as one of the charges against Musharraf which led to the violation of Article 6 of the Constitution. 

The indictment also included the deposition of superior court judges and the suspension of fundamental rights among the list of charges.

The charge sheet, which Musharraf signed today, also refers to his oath-taking under the Provisional Constitution Order (PCO) as well as amendments to certain Articles of the Constitution.

The former military ruler pleaded not guilty, saying he would stand his ground.

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