In a pivotal turn, Pakistan’s Supreme Court confirmed former president Pervez Musharraf’s death sentence for high treason on 10th January, Wednesday. The initial sentence, delivered by a special court in 2019, stemmed from his controversial “unconstitutional” emergency declaration in 2007.A four-judge bench led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa reviewed the case, ultimately rejecting Musharraf’s appeal due to procedural non-compliance. This decision upholds the lower court’s ruling despite an earlier challenge by the Lahore High Court, which questioned the special court’s legitimacy.
Musharraf, who passed away in February 2023, had faced this court-imposed death sentence since 2019. Taufeeq Asif and the Pakistan Bar Association, alongside other lawyers had contested the verdict arguing for procedural inconsistencies. The Supreme Court’s decision marks a significant closure to this long-standing legal saga, reaffirming the initial high treason ruling against the late former president.