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Pakistan's Musharraf Ordered To Appear For Treason Trial

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Pervez Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month.

Pervez Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month.

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan's Supreme Court has ordered former President Pervez Musharraf to appear in court on April 9 in connection with treason charges.

The April 8 order was in response to legal petitions accusing Musharraf of treason for suspending the constitution and dismissing senior judges, including the Supreme Court's chief justice, while in office in 2007.

That action led to Musharraf's resignation under threat of impeachment and emigration.

He returned to Pakistan last month after nearly four years of self-imposed exile, and he has filed papers to run in general elections next month.

Before returning, Musharraf was granted bail in a case related to the 2007 killing of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and a Balochi rebel leader in 2006.

He ruled Pakistan for nearly 10 years after toppling the country’s civilian government in a 1999 coup.

With reporting by Dawn.com and AFP
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