November 3rd Emergency---Holding Constitution in Abeyance was NOT an Act of Treason

220px-Musharraf State_of_EmergencyJune 27th, 2013: Dr. Raza Bokhari, International spokesperson and North American Point of Contact of General Pervez Musharraf, Former President of Pakistan, stated today the Former President Musharraf, in exercise of the powers vested in him by Article 232 of the Constitution of Pakistan, declared a State of Emergency on November 3rd, 2007 and held the Constitution of Pakistan in Abeyance.

It is extremely important to recognize that Article 6, Clause (1) of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in effect on November 3rd, 2007 did not describe holding the Constitution in Abeyance as an Act of High Treason. This clause was substituted and the language of “Abeyance” was inserted in to the Constitution with the passage of the Eighteenth Amendment, which went into effect on April 19th, 2010.

Article 6, Clause (1) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan that was in effect on November 3rd, 2007 and after April 19th, 2010 is reproduced below:

Article 6, Clause (1) in effect on November 3rd, 2007:

(1) Any person who abrogates or attempts or conspires to abrogate, subverts or attempts or conspires to subvert the Constitution by use of force or show of force or by other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.

Article 6, Clause (1) in effect after April 19th,  2010:

(1)Any person who abrogates or subverts or suspends or holds in abeyance, or attempts or conspires to abrogate or subvert or suspend or hold in abeyance, the Constitution by use of force or show of force or by any other unconstitutional means shall be guilty of high treason.

For more information, contact Shailah Yazdani, Senior Assistant to Former President Musharraf, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..