The Supreme Court of Pakistan, India's neighbouring country, has refused to hear the application of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf challenging the death penalty in the sedition case. The court returned the petition and said that till he does not surrender, he will not be allowed to appeal. Musharraf had filed an application in the apex court last Thursday and appealed to quash the decision of the special court. On December 17, the special court, formed on the orders of the Supreme Court, pronounced Musharraf guilty of treason and sentenced him to death.
According to Pakistani media, the Registrar's Office of the Supreme Court on Friday returned the plea of former military ruler Musharraf with the remark that the convict surrender before the appeal. The Supreme Court has granted a month's time to remove this objection. This means that Musharraf will have to surrender within a month. If he does not, he will lose the right to appeal.
For your information, let us tell you that 74-year-old former army chief Musharraf, through his lawyer Salman Safdar, had filed a 90-page application in the Supreme Court on Thursday. It was told that Musharraf's absence in the special court was not intentional. He was unable to appear in court due to ill health. Despite considering Musharraf as ill, the special court pronounced the verdict in his absence. Earlier on Monday, the Lahore High Court had declared the special court's decision as unconstitutional on Musharraf's appeal.