Pakistan to start investigation of military ruler

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The father of a Pakistani policeman, who was killed in a bomb blast, mourns next to the body of his son at a hospital in Karachi, Pakistan, Wednesday, June 26, 2013. A bomb targeting a senior judge in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi wounded him and killed several security personnel on Wednesday, a senior government official said. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister has ordered the government to begin a treason investigation into ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf.

Wednesday's order brings the government closer to putting Musharraf on trial for his actions while in office. He could face life in prison or the death penalty if convicted of treason.

The government told the Supreme Court Monday that it believes Musharraf committed treason when he declared a state of emergency and suspended the constitution in 2007, and should be put on trial.

The Supreme Court ordered the government to notify it by Wednesday about the steps it would take to try Musharraf.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said Wednesday in his written reply to the court that the government would conduct its investigation and constitute the special court required to try Musharraf for treason.