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Pak govt to prosecute Musharraf for high treason: minister
Islamabad, August 06, 2009
First Published: 14:51 IST(6/8/2009)
Last Updated: 14:53 IST(6/8/2009)

Pakistan government will prosecute former military ruler Pervez Musharraf and his collaborators for "high treason" for violating the constitution by imposing emergency in 2007.

The Parliament will pass a resolution to this effect soon, a minister has said.

"The National Assembly, while passing the resolution, will also have to distinguish whether only Pervez Musharraf was responsible for committing this act of high treason or others who abetted him were also responsible," Minister of State for Law Afzal Sindhu has said.

"The federal government will act according to the findings and suggestions of the assembly," Sindhu told The News daily.

"Such a case will be filed in a sessions court in Islamabad," he said.

Pakistan's Supreme Court has ruled that Musharraf's act of imposing emergency was unconstitutional and illegal, raising the possibility of him being tried for treason.

However, under the constitution, only the federal government can initiate such a case.

Sindhu said according to the High Treason (Punishment) Act of 1973 and a subsequent law of 1976, a person designated by the federal government will file the complaint in a sessions court.

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