Pak defence ministry rejects Musharraf’s security plea

Pak defence ministry rejects Musharraf’s security plea
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Islamabad: The Pakistan government has rejected former dictator Pervez Musharraf’s request for security on returning to the country to face a special court trying him on treason charges, according to a media report.
The Ministry of Defence has conveyed to the Dubai-based former president through his counsel that providing him security is not its job, the Dawn newspaper reported.
In a letter written to Musharraf’s counsel Akhtar Shah, the ministry said “provision of security in the subject case does not fall under the purview of Ministry of Defence”, according to the report. The 74-year-old retired Army general has been living in Dubai since last year when he was allowed to leave Pakistan on the pretext of medical treatment. He was indicted in March, 2014 on treason charges for imposing emergency in 2007 in the country which led to the confinement of a number of superior court judges in their houses and sacking of over 100 judges.
He has been declared “proclaimed offender” by courts in the treason and the Benazir Bhutto assassination cases. He is the first general to face trial for treason in Pakistan’s history and if convicted, he could be given life imprisonment or the death penalty.