Amnesty International gives a strong response over death penalty to former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf

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Amnesty International gives a strong response over death penalty to former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf

KARACHI: Amnesty International gives a strong response over death penalty to former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf.

Amnesty International said Tuesday it was crucial that former president Pervez Musharraf received "a fair trial without recourse to the death penalty" after a special court earlier in the day handed the death penalty to the ex-military ruler.

In a statement link issued on the NGO's website, its deputy director for South Asia, Omar Waraich, said: "General Pervez Musharraf and the government he led must be held to account for all human rights violations committed during their time in office, not just a select few.

Waraich lauded Pakistan's move to "break with a history of impunity for powerful generals".

"At the same time, it is crucial that he receives a fair trial without recourse to the death penalty.

The death penalty is the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment; it metes out vengeance, not justice," he added.

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