The United Nations’ Secretary General António Guterres’s spokesperson addressing a news briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York, opposed the death sentence of former President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf in high treason case.
The Spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that he understood that the case is in an appeal process, but the UN has long been opposed to capital punishment.
The court had sentenced Musharraf to death on Tuesday (Dec 17) for imposing a state of emergency on November 3, 2007, adding that it had found him guilty of high treason in accordance with Article 6 of the Constitution of Pakistan.
The clause 66 stoked another controversy with the use of inflammatory and derogatory comments against the former president. The detailed verdict issued in the treason case against General Musharraf has shocked people especially the armed forces of Pakistan. The orders penned down in the verdict were hair raising.
“We direct the law enforcement agencies to strive their level best to apprehend the fugitive/convict (Musharraf) 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 further says. D-Chowk, also referred to as Democracy Chowk (crossing), is a large square located on the junction of Jinnah Avenue and Constitution Avenue in Islamabad and is a notorious place for rallies and protests.
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