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Pakistan: Sharif says Musharraf should face treason charges

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Pakistan: Sharif says Musharraf should face treason charges

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Pakistan’s government says it’s planning to put former President Pervez Musharraf on trial on treason charges.

Newly-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made the announcement in parliament on June 24.

It is a move that many people believe will raise tensions between the government and Pakistan’s armed forces, loyal to Musharraf.

The charges relate to the ex-leader’s decision to suspend the constitution and declare a state of national emergency in 2007.

The maximum penalty for treason is death.

Musharaff’s spokesman criticised Sharif’s announcement as “reckless and ill-conceived”.