'Musharraf will be received by CJ'

Published: September 13, 2010

Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said former President Pervez Musharraf will be received by the Chief Justice upon his return to the country. PHOTO: EPA

MULTAN: Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani has said former President Pervez Musharraf will be received by the Chief Justice upon his return to the country.

He was talking to the media at Javed Hashmi’s house where he had gone to inquire after the PML-N leader’s health.

Former President Pervez Musharraf recently created an uproar in political circles when he claimed that he could become the president of Pakistan once again, though he feared returning to Pakistan could be risky.

The retired army general told the BBC that he would form a new political party and stand for parliament in the next general elections in 2013.

Musharraf said he was aware of the risks involved if he returned to Pakistan, but that he still wants to return to restore the country’s self-confidence. He admitted his popularity had waned but said it was still strong among the majority of Pakistanis who do not vote.

Musharraf, who lives in self-exile in London, said he is not scared of the possible legal cases against him and insisted that he will to try to lift Pakistan out of, what he terms, a ‘pathetic situation.’

The former president’s comments were greeted with scorn from political rivals who held him responsible for the crisis currently facing the country.

Still a popular leader?

Spokesman of former President Pervez Musharraf and central leader of All Pakistan Muslim League Barrister Mohammad Saif said that the people of Pakistan have reposed confidence in the former President, after a pledge of more than Rs200 million was made in a telethon run by a private TV channel.

He said that Pervez Musharraf could end lawlessness, unemployment and poverty if he returned.

Saif said that after the success of the telethon, the former president will be participating in another telethon on CNN later this month alongside former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Hollywood movie star and UN goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie.

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Reader Comments (39)

  • Sep 13, 2010 - 4:41PM

    Yes! our C.J as care taker P.M can greet Musharaf on the directives of GHQ.Recommend

  • Arslan
    Sep 13, 2010 - 4:44PM

    Musharraf has created ripple among the corrupt politicians. At least, PMLN, the party in wait for its turn is feeling the heat. As for as the CJ is concerned, he is most welcome – Sir Musharraf is ready. Musharraf’s fault is that he introduced democracy at grass root level and gave economic growth and prosperity to the people of Pakistan. He enhanced image of Pakistan, reduced poverty and created jobs. I hope the CJ, PPP and PMLN can easily establish all the above charges against MusharrafRecommend

  • Pakistani
    Sep 13, 2010 - 5:38PM

    Instead of issuing such statements (which only provide more media attention to Musharraf), the PM would be better advised to concentrate on the plight of the Flood victims. Why not carry out actions to help our countrymen, and then focus your energies on implementing a strategy (you clearly have none right now) to helping the victims – than taking the time to make a politically loaded statement about Musharraf’s return.

    Musharraf and his rule has already been relegated to the dust bins of history – primarily because the incompetent and corrupt political system that existed before his rule has been restored to its full force after his return. Can you Mr PM save yourself from also being relegated to the same waste paper basket? I suggest you start

    Ok now I’m going back to preparing my truck of relief goods for the flood affectees…Recommend

  • SYED AGHA ALI SHAH
    Sep 13, 2010 - 6:20PM

    30+ crores in four hours for the flood relief PROJECTS in Pakistan collected mainly from LONDON & LAHORE, Pervaz Musharraf Foundation made a world record last night at the VENUS TV LONDON & DUNYA TV LAHORE .
    Many specially the media were specutaing that the Telethon was a yardstick to observe our political popularity sort of an opinion poll for himand he broke all record
    Peolple will recieve him with love ,flowers and open hearts.MR.GILLANI Sir .>. you are a democratic person and respect the VOTE power AS ALL DO REGARDING DASTI..MNA

    Talibans will get all the JOTAIZZ and LANAT and all taliban,like mindec forces will be defeted not compromisedRecommend

  • Qaamruddin
    Sep 13, 2010 - 7:07PM

    You can imagine how fair is the media, I have checked today all the major newspaper, not one has put his telethon story on the front page. Thank you for putting this story.Recommend

  • Sep 13, 2010 - 7:34PM

    All Musharraf lovers get a good load of this!!!. Statements after statements to what avail. Why does he not just come back if he is so brave and can face the ‘fall out’.

    If the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court does / does not receive him, figuratively speaking, then again all the court cases, visual and print media hype and his long ‘lost buddy / buddies’ Shaukat Aziz and PML Q will back up their support for him. And once again we will have the same ‘tooth paste in a new tube’. Skewer national honor and mutilate the economy with a motley of ‘spent forces’.

    Salams and best wishes. Recommend

  • Mohammad Ilyas
    Sep 13, 2010 - 8:39PM

    Simply compitition will be among the Musharraf lovers and the corruption lovers. Llet us see who win, because it is do and die case for both of them. People of Pakistan have a lost chance to get rid of the corrupt PMLN and PPP. Musharraf lovers know that the so called corrupt leaders will not surrender easily, but this time they have to – people of Pakistan are left with no other choice.

    Welcome Musharraf.Recommend

  • romm
    Sep 13, 2010 - 10:56PM

    After reading all these comments, I may say that Musharraf is more popular than Gilani and Sharifs. I think he shall be grilled by CJ, if no other option works. Don’t know who then will survive out of Two??????Recommend

  • Anzer Husain
    Sep 14, 2010 - 12:13AM

    Untill the time when PM had to show his politcal and parliamentry strength, he was a ruler beyond excellence! He made tough decisions, he made hard choices and he stood by them and people followed and he was seen as a leader.
    When he began to seek democratic justifications for him self is when mistakes started to happen, i would request him to chose allies carefully now and make sure he doesnt end up being like Imran Khan and PTI with no poltical ground.
    People should be aware of the fact that if you judge on events, no human will ever have enough credentials to even take another breath. Whatever you hold against PM and his policies is debatable, debate on it, but judge him as a leader because of the conviction he has shown in the past and still has! He says things upfront and blunt as his heart his clean.
    I wish all the best to PM and wish he makes wise decision in chosing political allies. Recommend

  • Bangash
    Sep 14, 2010 - 12:26AM

    Smells like a rigged judiciary.Recommend

  • Malik Tabeer
    Sep 14, 2010 - 1:12AM

    HE(PM) is one of the most trustworthy person in Pakistan.He is very well educated person from a very good-mannered background.He is not corrupt at all….Pakistan needs Pervez Saheb as a leader..He can only lead Pakistan from destruction to development….Let him come back and tell the world that Pakistan can survive and develop much faster….Let him come….Let him come back…Support him like iron wall..Recommend

  • M.S.Shaikh
    Sep 14, 2010 - 2:35AM

    IF Mr. Musarraf makes a comeback (?), I am sure to vote for him! long live Pakistan.Recommend

  • Sep 14, 2010 - 3:34AM

    I really greatly appreciate express tribune to afford to its readers to express their views on various news items and articles. That’s the best barometer to guage public opinion on a certain issue or personality. Every time news about general musharraf appears in this newspaper, people express their views. An overwhelming majority of them hail musharraf and his rule when cost of liviing was within the people’s reach. Atta 17/18 rupees a kilo, sugar 24 rupees a kilo and different lentils ranged from 22 to 30 rupees a kilo. Today, these prices have spiralled to atta 34 rupees a kilo, sugar 75 rupees a kilo and lentels ranged between 80 and 110 rupees a kilo. If fair and impartial elections were held by the present rulers, musharraf will triumphantly stage his come-back.Hope medial will not play a dirty tole agaainst musharraf this timne. As a matter of fact, today’s media is idebted to general musharraf for giving it freedom of expression.Recommend

  • Hassan Malik
    Sep 14, 2010 - 4:56AM

    Musharaf needs to be tried for treason.Recommend

  • Noor Nabi
    Sep 14, 2010 - 5:06AM

    I hope he will also bring Shaukat Aziz with him. A trial of one without the other would be difficult. Recommend

  • Yousaf
    Sep 14, 2010 - 9:59AM

    I was not expecting that PM Gillani will say something like this – It is on someone else’s directive.

    The politicians are going crazy due to his arrival, they are afraid of Musharraf. Recommend

  • Sep 14, 2010 - 10:05AM

    CJ is a cut above class. Pygmies called leaders should not be compared equated with him. If Musharraf could not cow him down with all his powers how can any one now force him to do what he does not think appropriate. Stop involving CJ in lowly discussions. He does not have media propaganda team to promote for him but God is on his side. Iftikhar Chaudhry zindabadRecommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Sep 14, 2010 - 11:14AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.PM Gillani’s statement is based on good sense of humor (as poet said “Dil Ko Behlane Kay Liye Ghalib Yeh Khayal Achha Hai) but completely untrustworthy and incredible because PPPP present leaders now should know that they have lost their trust,credibility and popularity in the nation’s minds and hearts and if they want to check their popularity then after flood relief works arrange referendum either nation wants them or not.Every thing shall be openly cleared before them and they shall know that how much people want them in the beloved country Pakistan and how much not?Recommend

  • Patriot
    Sep 14, 2010 - 11:43AM

    @ Karim…the only people listening to CJP’s orders, the cable operators have started showing indian channels again..could you please ask the CJP to take suo moto notice. Only set of people listening to him are playing hide and seek with “the great man” Recommend

  • Usman
    Sep 14, 2010 - 12:12PM

    @Abdul Rahman Khan: well said.

    News on Musharraf always get good attention from the readers, which is a reflection of his popularity and failure of Nawaz and Zardari company. Pervez Musharraf come back – no one can stopp you, Allah and the supressed people are with you.Recommend

  • M. Rafique Zakaria
    Sep 14, 2010 - 12:53PM

    What a funny and irresponsible statement by Prime Minister of Pakistan ! So far, Fozia Wahab was saying that Chief Justice is politicised. Now look who is dragging Chief Justice in to politics. Who did N.R.O. with Musharraf??? Who gave Guard Of Honour to Musharraf??? Who took oath under the Presidenship of Musharraf??? Yousuf Raza Gilani should have thought one hundred times before uttering those nasty words. Recommend

  • Riaz
    Sep 14, 2010 - 2:16PM

    Yes, Pervez Musharraf will be received by the Chief Justice upon his return to the country, to make him behind the bars….great statement of PMRecommend

  • najib ur rehman
    Sep 14, 2010 - 4:54PM

    long live Musharraf.

    sir we the youth eeerrr ok , some youth of Pakistan hmm eerr again ,alright I a youthful citizen of my beloved Pakistan at least want you back here for all the good reasons(to live in this country) that were just vanished from the country as you left it for all those so calling democratic forces which are just trying hard enough for their image to gather at least seats for the next national assembly from their home-land which is so not possible in the next general election because all that they have delivered so far is the lies lies and lies, they all are just scumbag and nothing more for at least the people of Pakistan the very alive youth of our nation which they have considered dead in their very minds. and our CJ should surely welcome Pervez Musharraf not for all the cases but for giving him back the control of Pakistan we he took away from him that path of visionary thought which was at least taking Pakistan towards the enlightenment of knowledge, empowerment of the youth/women/poor class of our society last but not the least the safety of our very children’s to live in this society ..

    please come back and just cleanup all that blood-shed – dirt of lies and evilness which all what our politician have come up to delivery us so-far since you left Pakistan on the sake of ALLAH.Recommend

  • kamran khan baloch
    Sep 14, 2010 - 5:18PM

    I agree that Musharraf did not handle the balochistan situation very well…
    He should have killed the other baloch sardars as well… to give freedom to the ordinary baloch..Recommend

  • Sep 14, 2010 - 6:45PM

    i think Gilani thought CJP is also repenting his decision to fought lawyers movement on shoulders of corrupt PPP and PMLN and became Musharraf fans just like most of us, hence i don’t think CJP will be with us to receive Musharraf at the air port :-)Recommend

  • Qaamruddin
    Sep 14, 2010 - 8:47PM

    Good to see opinions changing in favor of Musharraf. All these PMLN and PPP pundits are gradually walking away from this site. Musharraf is the best so far among these geedhars.Recommend

  • adnan
    Sep 14, 2010 - 9:11PM

    JYEAAA QUAD-E-PAKISTAN Pervaiz MusharrafRecommend

  • Adnan Tariq
    Sep 14, 2010 - 10:25PM

    I dont think Musharraf is a good leader, but as of now, he’s the best we’ve got….Recommend

  • Ambreen
    Sep 15, 2010 - 2:18AM

    HE IS OUR ONLY HOPE!Recommend

  • Zahid
    Sep 15, 2010 - 8:35AM

    Read today’s (15 September) headlines: Rich MNAs of Poor nation. What is judiciary doing???? People are dying of poverty? Judiciary is protecting PML N. People of Pakistan has lost hope in this system now. CJ says” Our system ensures the basic rights” … what rights we have.

    Musharraf is legally on a safe wicket. He will come and face the music and answer every allegation.

    DON”T worry. Gillani and associates Nawaz and company. Packup. Recommend

  • Tempoline
    Sep 15, 2010 - 10:32AM

    Just 2 years of so called Democracy in Pakistan and already the opinion of people are changing drastically because a common man doesn’t want our so called democracy, they need the basics which are still at large.
    Mushrraf was and still is the One of the greatest Leaders of Pakistan, should come back home and bring the much needed change.Recommend

  • Patriot
    Sep 15, 2010 - 11:34AM

    @ Kamran Baloch.. great thoughts
    @ Yasser…best comment of the whole discussion :DRecommend

  • Majority
    Sep 15, 2010 - 12:26PM

    Let him stand trial first and later we shall see, but I doubt he has the guts to stand trial,Recommend

  • babar
    Sep 17, 2010 - 7:43PM

    mushraff is the great leader of pakistan.all politician are corrupt and two numb erRecommend

  • kamran khan baloch
    Sep 18, 2010 - 3:51PM

    Thanks Patriot … :-) kindly be sure that Ordinary baloch is also as patriotic as your goodself.
    Remember that we voted PML-Q Musharraf’s party in 2008 election.Recommend

  • Sep 21, 2010 - 7:57PM

    All lovers of Musharraf – Please don’t forget that Pakistani voters are poor and uneducated. They never think what you are thinking. You will not be in lines outside the election booths. All those people will be in line who will be provided transport and then they will oblige to give vote to them. In cities OK some people will come out but what about the villages and remote areas who act on slogans only. This is the main reasons education systems is not encouraged. Pakistan may be the only country where this year budget on education is decreased. Musharraf brought Dr. Ataur Rahman who worked day and night and see the revolution in education. How many universities and colleges all over the country established. A boom in IT. Where is now Dr. Ataur Rahman, the great.Recommend

  • R E Malik
    Sep 24, 2010 - 6:22PM

    Gen. Waheed Kakar – Formula as well as the NRO of year 2000, under which, Mr Nawaz Sharif went on exile to Saudi Arabia along with his family, preferring exile for 10 years over serving jail term in Pakistan, both not the tradition of PPP & its Leadership.

    PM/Z. A. Bhutto went up to the
    GALILEO and never compromised with
    ARMY/GHQ/CMLA etc.
    BB was assassinated on that spot
    which is just 2-KM away from GHQ, on 27th Dec. 2007.

    The Conspiracy theory as narrated by Asif Ali Zardari, that both Gun + PEN ( GHQ + Judiciary + Media ) running in the corridores of ISLAMABAD, is now very much Loud & Clear to every one in Pakistan and outside Pakistan. Recommend

  • Oct 4, 2010 - 5:40PM

    What a launch of APML……A Great showRecommend

  • Shani Syed
    Oct 4, 2010 - 11:20PM

    I hope the CJ does not take this as a personal matter which initially the battle b/w him and Mush were.. and Mr PM Sir did this statement come out frm ur heart or was it issued to you frm the president’s house like usual God Grow up please, atleast the man realized taht was wrong in taking decision and resigned frm office when he was un popular and is coming back when he thinks he can do something better unlike some shameless people who just sit there no matter what you say to them no no im not referring to our president or fauzia wahab or Mr. Malik why they are the best a party can have… hmm and Mister PM please stop acting like a parrot and do something in reality for once!!!Recommend

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