Musharraf faces Pakistan treason charge
The former army chief returned to Pakistan last month after nearly four years of self-imposed exile to contest a May 11 general election despite the possibility of arrest on various charges and death threats from the Pakistani Taliban.
Musharraf, a U.S. ally in the campaign against Islamist militancy, also faces charges of failing to provide adequate security to former prime minister Benazir Bhutto before she was assassinated in late 2007.
The petition to be heard by the Supreme Court on Monday accuses Musharraf of committing treason when he sacked senior judges and declared emergency rule, as he struggled to hold on to power. Critics said he acted unconstitutionally.
The current chief justice, Iftikhar Chaudhry, was embroiled in a confrontation with Musharraf, who removed him from office earlier in 2007 after Chaudhry opposed plans to extend the general’s term in office. The judge was later reinstated.