Lahore: Former Pakistani premier Yousuf Raza Gilani has demanded that Pakistani judges who endorsed the October 1999 coup, led by former army chief Pervez Musharraf, should also be charged with treason.

Musharraf to face trial for high treason: PM

Gilani, a senior leader of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP), made the demand after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday announced that his government would put Musharraf on trial for high treason for violating the Constitution twice.

"The PML-N has announced it will proceed against Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution for imposing emergency in November 2007. Why should he not be tried for his coup in 1999 along with those who had endorsed it," Gilani said.

In May 2000, a 12-judge bench of the Supreme Court had unanimously validated the October 1999 coup and granted Musharraf executive and legislative authority for three years. Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was one of the members of this bench.

Without naming any member of the current judiciary, Gilani said, "Those who had validated the coup of Musharraf should also be tried for violating Article 6 of the Constitution."

Last year, a bench led by Chief Justice Chaudhry had disqualified Gilani as premier after he refused to reopen graft cases against President Asif Ali Zardari.


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