Recently, a photo of former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf is making rounds on social media, which has raised serious concerns among netizens.
The photo was shared on the All Pakistan Muslim League’s Twitter handle in which Musharraf can be seen quite ill and weak. With the caption:
“We are requesting you all to pray for the health and security of General Pervez Musharraf. Thank you.”
آپ سب لوگوں سے درخواست ہے جنرل پرویز مشرف صاحب کی زندگی صحت سلامتی کے لئے دعا کریں.
The retired general is seeking medical treatment in Dubai. However, this very photo has raised general concerns regarding his health on social media.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry also shared the picture and wished him good health.
“Wishing you best of health Mr. President good to see you smiling you have fought for Pakistan all your life prayers and best wishes,” he wrote.
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 1, 2021
On December 17, 2019, the retired four-star general was sentenced to death by a special bench in a treason case under Article 6 of the Constitution. The law states that any person who abrogates or suspends the Constitution “by use of force or show of force” is guilty of high treason.
The PML-N government had filed the treason case against Musharraf. Over his decision to impose an extra-constitutional emergency in November 2007.
The verdict against Musharraf caps a six-year trial since he was first booked for high treason in court in December 2013. Under a case moved by former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s government. Sharif had signaled his intent to bring high treason charges against Musharraf in June 2013, right after he came into power.
Musharraf and Sharif have a singular history. In October 1999, Musharraf, then Sharif’s chosen chief of army staff, dissolved parliament and ousted Sharif in a bloodless coup. Musharraf declared himself president of Pakistan in 2001 and held general elections in 2002. Right after disqualifying Sharif and former prime minister Benazir Bhutto from running for office.
Five years later, in 2007, his precipitous fall from power began when he clashed with Pakistan’s judiciary. In 2009, the Supreme Court ruled that Musharraf’s decision to impose the emergency was illegal. Moreover, in 2013, Sharif’s government brought charges of high treason against him for imposing the 2007 emergency.
Subsequently, the Supreme Court issued an order to the special court overseeing the treason case. That it could proceed with the trial and the verdict without Musharraf’s statement, given that he had refused to appear in court.
The detailed verdict, with one dissenting judge and two judges in favor, refers to the repeated delays in the trial, saying Musharraf had
“persistently and stubbornly strived ever since the commencement of this trial, to delay, retract and evade it.”
Musharraf was indicted in the case in March 2014 for suspending the Constitution in 2007. In 2016, he left Pakistan to seek medical treatment in Dubai and hasn’t returned since.
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