Pakistan plans to try ex-dictator Musharraf for treason

The jumble that is Pakistani politics just got more confusing - and dangerous - today s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced he plans to put former military dictator Pervez Musharraf on trial for treason. Musharraf, who returned from exile a few months ago hoping to run in Pakistan's parliamentary elections but whose candidacy was denied by the courts, is under house arrest. BBC: His spokesperson described the proposed move as "reckless and ill-conceived". In Pakistan, treason carries with it a penalty of life imprisonment - or death. The military will be watching developments closely. If the trial goes ahead, it will be the first time an army chief will have been in the dock for violating the constitution in Pakistan, which has a history of military coups, the BBC's M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad reports. The charge being considered against Mr Musharraf dates back to November 2007 when he suspended the constitution and imposed emergency rule. "Musharraf violated the...(Read Full Post)