Musharraf challenges death penalty

New Delhi/Islamabad-Pakistan’s former military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf (retd) today filed a petition in the Lahore High Court challenging the death sentence handed to him by a special court in a high treason case.

The Islamabad special court verdict on December 17 led to an unprecedented confrontation between the judiciary and military in Pakistan, especially after the details and nature of death sentence became public. As per the judgement, if found dead, before he is hanged, Musharraf’s corpse is to be dragged to a public square near the Pakistan Parliament House.

Musharraf is in self-imposed exile in Dubai and undergoing treatment for some critical ailments. The petition challenged the verdict and the gruesome nature of death sentence handed to Musharraf.

Musharraf has pleaded that the special court had “rapidly and hurriedly wrapped up the trial” and handed capital punishment without giving him an opportunity to be examined.