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Musharraf should be tried in military court: Lawyers

Islamabad: Pervez Musharraf's lawyer today argued in a special court conducting his treason trial that the embattled former Pakistani military ruler's case should be heard by a military court.Musharraf's lawyer Khalid Ranjha told the special

PTI [ Updated: February 11, 2014 16:50 IST ]
musharraf should be tried in military court lawyers
musharraf should be tried in military court lawyers

Islamabad: Pervez Musharraf's lawyer today argued in a special court conducting his treason trial that the embattled former Pakistani military ruler's case should be heard by a military court.


Musharraf's lawyer Khalid Ranjha told the special court that the trial should be continued in a military court.

A person like Musharraf who falls under the jurisdiction of the Army Act cannot be tried by any other court, he argued.  

Sections related to high treason are included in the Army Act of 1952, and under Article 245 of the Constitution, the Army Act applies to civilians living in areas where the army has been summoned to help the civilian administration, he said.

The special court was formed by the government last year to try 70-year-old Musharraf on charges of high treason for imposing emergency in 2007.

Ranjha argued that the special court cannot conduct the trial of a serving or retired military personnel. It is mandatory under the law that military personnel face court-martial under the Army Act if they commit any offence, he said.

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