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Pakistan Investigates Treason Charges Against Musharraf

Pakistan's former president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf, center, leaves after appearing in court in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, April 17, 2013.
Pakistan has taken steps that could lead to a treason trial of former prime minister Pervez Musharraf.

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar told parliament Thursday the Federal Investigation Agency has established a four-member committee to investigate charges that Musharraf committed treason when he suspended the constitution by imposing emergency rule and dismissing judges in 2007. Musharraf ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008.

The government informed the Supreme Court Thursday of its investigation of the treason charges against the former prime minister.

Musharraf has won bail on charges connected to firing the judges and of failing to provide adequate security to former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was killed in December 2007 at a political rally in Rawalpindi.

Musharraf is under house arrest at his home on the outskirts of Islamabad on separate charges.

Musharraf lived in self-imposed exile for about four years before returning to Pakistan in March with plans to run for parliament in the general elections in May, but the courts ruled him ineligible for the poll.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.