Civil society rallies in support of Musharraf, Armed Forces.


LAHORE -- Activists of various non-government organisations on Thursday held rallies to express solidarity with the armed forces of Pakistan and the former president, General (r) Pervez Musharraf.

The Peace for Life Welfare Foundation (PLWF) staged a demonstration to express solidarity with Musharraf and the Pakistan Army. Activists of PLWF gathered on GT Road and raised slogans in favour Musharraf. They reacted angrily to the court verdict awarding death sentence to Musharraf.

The participants said that Musharraf could not be called a traitor because he took part in wars against India.

Also, activists of the Awami Rickshaw Union and Awami Pasban took out a rally outside the Lahore Press Club on Thursday. They chanted slogans against India over continued curfew in the Indian-held Kashmir and lodged a strong protest against apathy of the world community towards the Indian atrocities against the innocent Kashmiris. They were holding placards expressing solidarity with armed forces of Pakistan. They also lodged a protest against export of onions to India through the Wagah Border Crossing.

Earlier this week, in an unprecedented decision a Special Court handed capital punishment to former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf in a high treason case for imposing a state of emergency in 2007.

'We have found guilty of him under Article 6 of the Constitution and therefore awarded death sentence,' read the short version of the 2-1 split decision of the three-judge court.

The judgement could be appealed against in the Supreme Court and if the top court upholds the special court's verdict, the president possesses the constitutional authority under Article 45 to pardon a death row defendant. A day after the verdict, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that...

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