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Pakistani Government Delays Decision On Musharraf Treason Trial


Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf

Pakistan's caretaker government will not proceed with treason charges against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

Attorney-General Irfan Qadir filed a statement on April 22 with the country's Supreme Court, saying such a decision is outside the caretaker government's mandate and should be made by the cabinet that takes over following the May 11 parliamentary elections.

Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 coup and ruled the country until 2008, returned from four years of self-imposed exile last month.

He planned to stand as a parliamentary candidate, but local authorities and election officials barred him from running.

He is currently under house arrest and faces charges in several other cases, including an indictment for the 2007 dismissal of judges and accusations that he failed to provide adequate security for murdered opposition leader Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP
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