ISLAMABAD: We are appalled at today’s’ verdict by Special Court against the Former President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf which is announced without hearing him. This was stated in a press release issued by All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) on Tuesday following death sentence to former president in a high treason case.
The press release stated that despite a repeated request by the former president not to announce the decision in his absence and to give him the right to defend himself before the Special Court. We think this is an unconstitutional trial pursued in the most unconstitutional way without hearing his lawyer and giving them a chance to defend him.
This is to remind that during his stay in Pakistan, as a law-abiding citizen, the Former President did appear before all the courts to face the charges against him. Though we firmly believe that all the cases created against the Former President have mala fide, and he is being made subject to political victimization.
“We would like to remind that this case was formed on flimsy grounds, where aiders and abettors were excluded from the case and its hearing and the former president was singled out in the high treason case, though the decision was taken after consultation with the cabinet members, Chief Ministers, Governors, and Corps Commanders,” the press release stated.
It added that we show our reservations and concern against the one-sided decision by the Special Court, especially when the former president is under treatment and fighting against the deadly disease.
We have decided to file an appeal against the judgment and we are consulting our legal team and shall announce our future course of action.