Pakistani Govt calls judge “Mentally Unfit” after Musharraf Verdict

The Pakistan government on Thursday said that it will move to the Supreme Judicial Council to unseat the “mentally unfit” head of the tribunal after a special court’s verdict to drag Gen (retd.) Pervez Musharraf”s corpse to the Parliament and hang it for three days.

In a 167-page detailed judgement authored by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth, who headed the three-member bench, the special court on Thursday said the “convict be hanged by his neck till he dies on each count as per charge”.

“We direct the law enforcement agencies to strive their level best to apprehend the fugitive/convict and to ensure that the punishment is inflicted as per law and if found dead, his corpse be dragged to the D-Chowk, Islamabad, Pakistan and be hanged for 03 days,” it read.

D-Chowk (Democracy Chowk) is close to several important government buildings – the Presidency, the Prime Minister’s office, the Parliament, and the Supreme Court.

Soon after the detailed judgment, Prime Minister Imran Khan consulted his legal team. In a press conference, law Minister Farogh Naseem said that the judgment showed that Justice Seth was “mentally unfit” as he suggested to hang the dead body of Musharraf if he dies before his execution.

The Supreme Judicial Council is the only body to remove a judge of high and supreme court in Pakistan.

Naseem said that government would also ask the higher judiciary to stop Justice Seth from performing his duties because it is an “unprecedented and despicable observation by the judge.”

Shehzad Akbar, another aide of Khan, said that the judgment was against all norms of law and the government would not only seek unseating of the judge Seth but also file appeal against the verdict.

“We have decided to file appeal against the verdict,” he said.

He also said that the judgment was made in haste and the accused was not given the right of fair trial.

Meanwhile, the judgement angered the Pakistan army, which said the verdict was against all human, religious and civilizational values.

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