Nisar terms protests against Musharraf departure 'political drama'

The former president went abroad at least four times during the last PPP rule, claims interior minister

Qadeer Tanoli March 20, 2016
Chaundhry Nisar Ali Khan. PHOTO: APP

ISLAMABAD: Criticising those protesting the departure of former president Pervez Musharraf from the country, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar has said people who once gave guard of honour to the former military ruler are now staging a political drama.

“Is it not a joke that ones who paid farewell to General (retd) Musharraf by giving him guard of honour and requesting immunity to other parties are now staging a drama with their political statements?” Nisar questioned in a statement issued on Sunday.

The country’s security czar said General Musharaf went abroad at least four times during the last PPP rule, asking why the 'democratic sense' of the party was silent then.

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In 2009, Nisar said, an investigation team had recommended Musharraf’s name in Benazir Bhutto’s murder case but the then rulers  did not take any action.

Nisar said although an FIR against Musharraf was registered, his name was neither put in the ECL, nor any legal action was taken against him during the PPP’s rule.

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Justifying the move by his party, the interior minister said Musharraf’s name was removed from the ECL in light of the verdict of the Supreme Court.

He also claimed PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari had been asking the prime minister to ignore mistakes made by Musharraf, adding the criticism was an attempt by the PPP to restore its lost goodwill.

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Virkaul | 4 years ago | Reply | Recommend What nonsense is this man talking? It was PMLN that arrested Musharraf on several charges from treason to murder and to abetment to murder. It was PMLN that put his name on ECL and not PPP. How does it suddenly take a U turn? Chaudhry Nissar is establishments nan in the cabinet for sure.
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