Pakistani court summons Musharraf in treason case

ISLAMABAD (AP) - Pakistan's top court has ordered former military ruler Pervez Musharraf to appear before the judges in connection with allegations that he committed treason while in power.

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered a notice to be sent to Mr Musharraf to appear in court the following day.

The judges were responding to several petitions filed alleging that Mr Musharraf committed treason by suspending the constitution and sacking senior judges, including the Supreme Court's chief justice, while in office.

Mr Musharraf seized power in a military coup in 1999 but was forced to step down almost a decade later under threat of impeachment by Pakistan's main political parties.

He left Pakistan in 2008 and spent over four years in self-imposed exile before returning last month.