[QODLink]
Central & South Asia

Musharraf emergency act declared 'illegal'

Report by Pakistan government says former president acted illegally by declaring state of emergency in 2007.

Last updated: 14 May 2014 18:00
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
The former army chief seized power in a bloodless coup in 1999 [Reuters]

Pakistan's government says it has "irrefutable proof" that former President Pervez Musharraf illegally declared a state of emergency in 2007.

In a report published on Wednesday, the Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) said investigators believed there was "irrefutable proof and concrete documentary evidence" that Musharraf illegally declared the state of emergency.

The 237-page report also accused the former president of making the decision "for his ulterior motives".

Quoting former attorney general, Malik Muhammad Qayyum, and former Punjab governor, Khalid Maqbool, the report said neither had been consulted by Musharraf before he declared the emergency on November 3, 2007.

Under Pakistani law, Musharraf was to have consulted then-Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz before making the declaration, something the former government officials said he had not done.

The report also quoted former Cabinet Secretary Masoom Alam Rizvi as saying Aziz never gave any advice to Musharraf about declaring a state of emergency.

The position of cabinet secretary is considered one of the most important in Pakistan as the official issues all government notifications.

Treason charges

The FIA report comes as Musharraf faces high treason charges over the decision, charges that carry the death penalty.

Pervez Musharraf: 'A politicised vendetta'

During the imposition of a state of emergency, Musharraf suspended the constitution and detained several judges, including the chief justice, sparking widespread protests. If convicted, he faces life in prison or death. 

Wednesday's report was the first time the government submitted findings of its investigation to the court, which has adjourned the hearing until May 22.

Musharraf's lawyer Farogh Naseem, who is fighting for the 70-year-old to travel abroad for medical treatment, refused to comment on the FIA report, saying he had not studied it yet.

The former army chief seized power in a bloodless coup by ousting the government of then-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in 1999. Musharraf resigned as president in August 2008. He later left the country, but returned to Pakistan in March 2013, hoping for a political comeback.

Instead, he got embroiled in court cases relating to his near-decade in power.

The charges were brought against Musharraf by Sharif, who was re-elected to a third term in office in May 2013.

398

Source:
Associated Press
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Featured on Al Jazeera
At least 25 tax collectors have been killed since 2012 in Mogadishu, a city awash in weapons and abject poverty.
Tokyo government claims its homeless population has hit a record low, but analysts - and the homeless - beg to differ.
3D printers can cheaply construct homes and could soon be deployed to help victims of catastrophe rebuild their lives.
Lack of child protection laws means abandoned and orphaned kids rely heavily on the care of strangers.
Featured
Booming global trade in 50-million-year-old amber stones is lucrative, controversial, and extremely dangerous.
Legendary Native-American High Bird was trained in ancient warrior traditions, which he employed in World War II.
Hounded opposition figure says he's hoping for the best at sodomy appeal but prepared to return to prison.
Fears of rising Islamophobia and racial profiling after two soldiers killed in separate incidents.
Group's culture of summary justice is back in Northern Ireland's spotlight after new sexual assault accusations.