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Musharraf Will Not be Tried in Military Court

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FILE - Pakistan's former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf addresses his party supporters at his house in Islamabad.
A Pakistani court trying former military ruler Pervez Musharraf for treason has rejected his plea to send his case to a military court, saying it has the jurisdiction to hear the case.

The court on Friday summoned Musharraf to appear in court on March 11.

The treason accusations relate to Musharraf's imposition of emergency rule in 2007, a year before he resigned. He denies any wrongdoing. If convicted, he could face the death penalty or life in prison.

The ex-general will be the first military ruler tried for treason in the country, which has experienced three military coups in its 66-year history.

Musharraf faces several other criminal cases dating from his 1999-2008 rule, including one related to the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007. He was granted bail in all cases against him since his return to Pakistan last year.