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Detailed verdict calling for ‘dragging and hanging’ of Musharraf corpse triggers heated debate

The detailed verdict in high treason case against Pervez Musharraf has been announced by the Special Court on Thursday (Dec 19). The court ordered that if found dead, the convict’s corpse be dragged to the D-Chowk, Islamabad, and be hanged for three days. And this point in the verdict became a talking point on the social media.

A three-member bench of the special court, headed by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth announced its verdict on Thursday. Of the three judges, Justice Seth and Justice Karim gave the death sentence while Justice Nazarullah Akbar wrote a dissenting note saying that the prosecution team could not prove treason case.

The judgment comprising of 169 pages stated that the prosecution failed to defend the case effectively and provide sufficient evidence against the former army chief. The court, in its verdict, announced that death penalty is being awarded to Musharraf on different counts.

The judgment stated that the documents submitted in the court clearly states that Musharraf committed treason. It mentions that Musharraf was provided equal opportunity to defend his case and the prosecution pleaded to provide the convict the maximum punishment in the treason case.

The judgment stated that uniformed officers are equally and fully involved in the acts and deeds of the accused person.

“As a necessary corollary to what has been observed we find the accused guilty as per charge. The convict be therefore hanged by his neck till he dies on each count as per charge.”

“We direct the Law Enforcement Agencies to strive their level best to apprehend the fugitive/convict to ensure that the punishment is inflicted as per law and if found dead, his corpse be dragged to the D-Chowk, Islamabad, Pakistan and be hanged for 03 days,” read the detailed verdict.

“Indeed, this portion of the judgement and execution of the sentence is nowhere defined but since it is first impression case and the sentence of death is announced in his absence after declaring the convict as proclaimed offender therefore the sentence is supposed to be executed and in case of his death a sentence, to this extent para 65 prescribes the mode of execution.”

The special court also issued directions that the convict can only appeal the judgment in the higher court after arrest. The judges ordered the security forces to arrest the convict and to implement the sentence awarded to him.

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