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Court will decide Pervez fate: Sharif

Islamabad, Jan. 4 (PTI): Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today said Pervez Musharraf’s fate will be decided by a special court as both the state and the Constitution were involved in the former Pakistani President’s trial on charges of high treason.

“Since the matter is sub-judice, any comment from my side may not be appropriate. However, other than the case’s merit, I do say that the real petitioners in this case are the state and the Constitution of Pakistan,” Sharif told a news channel.

The government has set-up a special court to try Musharraf, 70, for treason over the imposition of emergency in 2007. Musharraf skipped the first two hearings convened by the court, citing security concerns after explosives were found near his home.

While being driven to the third hearing on Thursday, Musharraf had a heart attack and was admitted to a military hospital in Rawalpindi. The sudden health scare has given rise to speculation that he might be allowed to leave Pakistan to seek treatment abroad.

However, Sharif said the special court has to decide whether Musharraf’s action of imposing emergency on November 3, 2007 amounted to treason. It will also have to decide whether his action of putting then Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry under house arrest on November 7, 2007 caused humiliation to the state of Pakistan, Sharif added.

“I would also like to say the case is not about a particular individual because we are at a juncture in our history where it has to be resolved whether we want to live in a civilised democratic country or not,” he said.

“If everybody is equal in the eyes of the law, then every citizen is answerable to a court of law. It is up to the court to decide whether he is innocent or guilty.”

Sources said reports of medical tests conducted on Musharraf at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology have been sent to experts in Britain for further examination. Musharraf’s lawyers yesterday said a decision on sending him abroad for treatment would be made on the basis of the opinion of doctors.

 
 
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