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Musharraf 'must face treason trial'

Pakistan's premier wants the military ruler who overthrew him in a coup over a decade ago to be tried for treason.

Prime ,inister Nawaz Sharif spoke in parliament as the Supreme Court held a hearing on a possible treason case against Pervez Musharraf.

The former military ruler can only be tried for treason if the government presses charges against him.

Mr Sharif accused Mr Musharraf of committing treason by suspending the constitution while in power and said he should be brought to justice in court.

But the government stopped short of actually pressing charges and said it will consult with other political parties on the matter.

Mr Musharraf, who maintains his innocence, could face the death penalty or life in prison if he is convicted of treason.

Dr Sagarika Dutt, an expert in South Asian politics at Nottingham Trent University, said the move was " Nawaz Sharif's turn to take revenge on Pervez Musharraf".

She added: "But it is also an attempt to bring the military under the control of a popularly elected civilian government. The Pakistani army has often acted autonomously, possibly to secure the country against internal and external threats, but its actions have undermined civilian governments in the past and shown a complete disregard for the country's legal framework."


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