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Pakistan Court overruled the death sentence of self-exiled former military dictator and former President of Pakistan Parvez Musharraf (76) by terming it as ‘unconstitutional.’ A special court of Islamabad on December 17, 2019 had announced death sentence to the former president six years after the hearing of high-profile treason case, which the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) government in 2013 had filed a case against him.
Musharraf in his petition had asked the court to set aside the special court's verdict for being illegal, without jurisdiction and unconstitutional. He also sought suspension of the verdict till a decision on his petition was made.
The PML-N government had filed the treason case against Musharraf in 2013 over the imposition of an extra-constitutional emergency in November 2007. Musharraf’s act had led to the confinement of multiple superior judges in their houses apart from sacking over 100 judges.
Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, currently lives in Dubai in self-imposed exile. In August 2008, he resigned in 2008 to avoid the threat of impeachment and since then has been in self-exile.