He sentenced former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf to death in a high treason case.
Peshawar High Court chairman Waqar Seth, who sentenced former Pakistani President General (ret.) Pervez Musharraf to death in a high treason case, died of coronavirus-related complications at a private hospital in Islamabad, officials said on Friday. .
He is 59 years old and leaves behind his wife and daughter. He is from the Dikhan district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
Seth tested positive corona virus (COVID-19) on 22 October and was later hospitalized in Peshawar. He was then transferred to Kulsum International Hospital in Islamabad, where he died of a deadly virus infection on Thursday, officials said.
Seth, who took oath as high court judge at Peshawar High Court in June 2018, rose to prominence when presiding over a special court in December 2019, sentencing former military dictator Musharraf to exile in high treason for imposing a state of emergency. in the country on November 3, 2007.
Pervez Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, was the first military dictator to be convicted of violating the Constitution. The 74-year-old retired general, who has lived in Dubai since March 2016, left Pakistan for medical treatment and has not returned since, citing safety and health reasons.
According to Pakistani media reports, Musharraf is suffering from amyloidosis, a rare disease caused by the buildup of an abnormal protein called amyloid in the organs and tissues of the body.
Seth also presided over a number of high-profile cases, with one of the key decisions being the release of 74 military court convicts, most of whom were sentenced to death. This case is awaiting the decision of the Supreme Court.
In another high-profile case, Seth gave an assessment of giving more power to the military in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
His funeral prayers will be held on November 13 in the old grounds of the Army Stadium in Peshawar. Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed, Prime Minister Imran Khan and Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa were among several officials who expressed condolences over Seth’s death.