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    As Former Ruler Goes to Trial, Pakistan Army Chief Lauds Military

    Supporters of former President Pervez Musharraf in Karachi, Pakistan on April 6, 2014.
    Supporters of former President Pervez Musharraf in Karachi, Pakistan on April 6, 2014.
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    Pakistan's army chief says the military will "resolutely preserve its own dignity and institutional pride," as former military ruler Pervez Musharraf stands trial for treason.

    Gen. Raheel Sharif says the army "upholds the sanctity of all institutions" and has "contributed immensely towards national security and nation building." The Pakistani army says Sharif made the comments in response to soldiers' concerns about criticism of the military.

    Musharraf has pleaded not guilty to treason for declaring a state of emergency in 2007. He suspended the constitution and fired several judges in what prosecutors say was an attempt to silence the opposition. He faces the death penalty if convicted.

    The trial is being hailed as unprecedented in Pakistan, where the powerful military has staged three coups and its officers have enjoyed de facto immunity from prosecution in civilian courts.

    During proceedings last week, the former president Musharraf declared he is not a traitor and highlighted the achievements he says Pakistan made during his nearly decade-long rule. The former president reiterated he is prepared to face trial and defend actions that he says were approved by the prime minister and Cabinet at the time.

    Also Monday, Pakistani security forces said they killed at least 30 separatist militants during a military operation in the Qalat region of Baluchistan.

    The southwestern province has been gripped by a low-level insurgency for decades, with ethnic Baluch rebels fighting for greater control over Baluchistan's natural resources or its secession from Pakistan.

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    by: Asad Muslim from: United States
    April 08, 2014 12:42 AM
    This trial is not about the assertion of civilian rule neither about justice. This is a Vendetta. The former Chief Justice and ruling party leader have been in cahoots since 2007. The purpose of the trial is to quench the egotistical
    fire that burn inside the capitalist ruling elite that plundered Pakistan for decades. Unfortunately democracy is an instrument of corruption and exploitation in Pakistan. Ravage in the name of democracy is justified progress in the name of dictatorship amounts to treason.

    by: syed from: karachi
    April 07, 2014 5:39 PM
    In Pakistan the fraud degree holder feudal and their corrupt street gangsters turned politicians, have grabbed power through fraudulent sale / purchase of votes and constituencies, under cover of Democracy. These Pakistani politicians are deadly against Pakistan Army and Army officers as they are the only check on these fraud gangsters. General Musharraf came into power due to retaliation of Pakistan Army as an institution against Nawaz Sharif's hijacking plan carrying Serving Army Chief Musharraf, while Musharraf was still in the air. Nawaz has been cleaned of his attempted plan hijacking and attempt to murder by Rana Iftekhar old PCO CJ. They were all out to take their revenge through Treason Trial against Musharraf, failing which they are trying to settle their score through the terrorist’s attacks on him. Pakistan Army should immediately take over Musharraf's security and shouldn't leave him alone at the mercy of these touts.

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