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Pakistan’s Musharraf Denounces Treason Trial: NYT

Pakistan's Former President Pervez Musharraf
Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's former president, addresses foreign media representatives at his farmhouse in Islamabad on Dec. 29, 2013. Photographer: Farooq Naeem/AFP/Getty Images

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf called his treason trial ahead of a court date this week a “political vendetta” and said that army was upset by his treatment, the New York Times reported.

“I would say the whole army is upset,” Musharraf said in an interview, according to the newspaper. “Certainly, they wouldn’t like anything happening to their ex-army chief.”

Musharraf faces trial on treason accusations for actions taken while president from 2001 to 2008. He returned from exile in March and was charged under the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whom Musharraf deposed in a 1999 coup.

Musharraf said he held current army chief General Raheel Sharif in “high esteem” and called him a “straight dealer.” He said he had tremendous support in the U.S., while saying that he did not expect the U.S. to offer any public support for his legal situation.

Musharraf has spent much of the past few months under house arrest, and the court will resume on Jan. 1, the newspaper reported. Musharraf isn’t currently under house arrest, Aasia Ishaque, the spokeswoman for Musharraf’s party, told Bloomberg News by telephone.

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