Latest News: Musharraf ‘to face treason trial’


Pakistan’s new government has said it plans to put former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason.

“He will have to answer for his guilt before the court,” Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif told parliament.

Mr Musharraf, who returned to Pakistan from self-imposed exile earlier this year, is currently under house arrest.

He is fighting a series of charges relating to his time in power, which began with him ousting Nawaz Sharif in a 1999 military coup.

His spokesperson described the proposed move as “reckless and ill-conceived”.

In Pakistan, treason carries with it a penalty of life imprisonment – or death.

The military will be watching developments closely. If the trial goes ahead, it will be the first time an army chief will have been in the dock for violating the constitution in Pakistan, which has a history of military coups, the BBC’s M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad reports.

Sources by: world.myjoyonline