Pakistan govt needs removal of ‘mentally unfit’ estimate after Pervez Musharraf verdict

Islamabad: Furious over a special court’s verdict to drag Gen (retd.) Pervez Musharraf’s corpse to the Parliament and hang it for three days, the Pakistan government Thursday said that it will proceed to the Supreme Judicial Council to unseat the’mentally unfit’ head of the tribunal.

In its 167-page detailed judgement authored by Peshawar High Court Chief Justice Waqar Ahmad Seth, who led the three-member bench, the special court Thursday reported the’convict be hanged by his neck until he dies on each count as per charge’.

Soon after the comprehensive judgment, Prime Minister Imran Khan consulted with his legal team and the decision of the meeting was declared at a press conference by his top aides.

Law Minister Farogh Naseem said that the ruling showed that Justice Seth was’mentally unfit’ as he suggested to hang the lifeless body of Musharraf if he dies before his execution.

He said such a punishment was contrary to any law of Pakistan.

‘The federal government has chosen to go to the Supreme Judicial Council as the government considers that such a person may not be a judge of any High and Supreme Court.

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

Naseem said that government would also request the higher judiciary to stop Justice Seth from performing his duties as it’s an’unprecedented and despicable observation by the judge’

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

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

Before, Military spokesman Major General Asif Ghafoor said Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Prime Minister Imran Khan had a detailed meeting on the conviction of Gen (retd.) Musharraf and took some important decisions.

The comprehensive judgement angered the army, which said the verdict was against all human, spiritual and civilizational values.

‘The apprehensions concerning the brief verdict given on Dec 17 have been proved by today’s judgment. The choice of today and especially the words used in it are contrary to the humanity, religion, culture and any other value,’ Ghafoor said.

‘Some people in high offices misused their authority to target one individual,’ he said, in an apparent reference to Chief Justice of Pakistan Asif Saeed Khosa.

Khosa, who is retiring Friday, last month said that the post-2009 judiciary had convicted one prime minster (Yousuf Raza Gilani); disqualified another (Nawaz Sharif); and was soon going to decide the treason case against a former army leader (Musharraf). -PTI