Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf was earlier today sentenced to death by hanging for primarily declaring a State of Emergency (SOE) back in 2007.
The 76-year old military strongman is now sickly and lives in exile in Dubai and it is unlikely that he will be extradited to Pakistan to be hanged.
“Pervez Musharraf has been found guilty of Article 6 (of the Constitution) for violation of the Constitution of Pakistan,” declared government official Salman Nadeem.
“I am not a dictator, I want democracy. The day when there is no turmoil in Pakistan, I will step down. I take decisions in Pakistan’s interest and I don’t take ultimatums from anyone.”– Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf
Back in November 2007, Musharraf declared a State of Emergency and suspended the constitution. The reason for doing so he said was because of the rise of Islamic terrorism activities in the country.
Today he was convicted by a specially convened court on charges of high treason which carries a death sentence.
Labelled a dictator and blamed for the death of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Musharraf’s political and military practices were often criticised by western governments.
“I am not a dictator, I want democracy. The day when there is no turmoil in Pakistan, I will step down. I take decisions in Pakistan’s interest and I don’t take ultimatums from anyone,” he told Sky News back in 2007.
Musharraf was allowed to leave Pakistan in 2016 for medical treatment.
He may appeal this death sentence verdict with military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor saying that “constitutional and legal requirements were not fulfilled in the case.’’