National Assembly: PML-N calls for treason case against Musharraf

PPP remind rival party that they took ministerial oaths from the former dictator.

Qamar Zaman October 13, 2011


The walls of the National Assembly on Wednesday echoed with criticism from the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) of former military dictator General (retd.) Parvez Musharraf.

The party demanded that the government register a case under Article 6 (High Treason) against Musharraf for abrogating the constitution and dislodging the democratically elected government on October 12, 1999.

However, the PML-N faced embarrassment when Nadeem Afzal Gondal of the Pakistan Peoples Party reminded the party that they had taken oaths as ministers from Musharraf. “You should have refused to take oath,” he said. “Why did you forgive the judiciary which had allowed Musharraf to amend the Constitution? Today we have the same judiciary,” Gondal added.

Khawaja Saad Rafiq from the PML-N admitted that the party had made an error of judgment in promoting Musharraf as Chief of Army Staff (COAS). “It was our mistake to promote a wicked person for the slot of COAS but we have learnt our lesson,” he said. He added that four military interventions had caused irreparable damage to the country and that in order to bring an end to this trend once and for all “Musharraf should be put behind bars.”

Rafiq also took a swipe at parliament, dismissing it as a debating club with no real power to make decisions. “If Musharraf is not tried under high treason, no criminal should be given the punishment,” he added.

Capt.(retd.) Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of PML-N president Nawaz Sharif, grilled the government and the judiciary while also demanding the government lodge a high treason case against Musharraf.

Safdar expressed hopelessness over the incumbent judiciary. “Why is Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry silent over the killings on May 12, 2007 in Karachi?” he asked. “I do not expect justice from the Chief Justice if he does not deliver justice in that case.”

Published in The Express Tribune, October 13th, 2011.


Moise | 11 years ago | Reply

@Abid Mohiuddin: Pakistanis bombed extra-judicially with drones. Pakistanis moved extra-judicially to rendition camps if they are lucky. Aunty Shamim honor was restored and her honest business resumed. SSG became Shamim Savers Group. Citibank employee expanded credit and then contracted it domestically. Internationally we were put more into debt. More bombing continued on Pakistanis using foreign backed TTP, Al Qaeda, LeJ etc. Corrupt politicians were installed who are more subservient to US and UK policies than Pakistan. Unaccountable and dubious media companies started subversion campaigns against Pakistan.

Abid Mohiuddin | 11 years ago | Reply


I will answer : Lal Masjid fiasco (terrorism) : I am glad he did that otehrwise there would have been 100 lal masjid today !!!

NRO (bringing the corrupt back): Agree this was bad .But when NRO zadah Zardari became president Nawaz Sharif remarked : " He is our president " What a hippocracy ?

PCO (attack on judiciary) : CJ himseld is a PCO : Musharraf did not sotne Judiciary which nawaz did .He still did it with dicsussions with then Corps Commander vice COAS etc

Disgracing the bureaucracy/civil set-up by inducting generals/brigaders (ex and present) in key civilian post and no accountability for their actions. : He did theright thing as bureaucracy/civil set-up is the most corrupt in Pakistan

Alienating Balochis (Akbar Bugti killing and army action): Fake allegation No body should challende the writ of government and he has announced he will do that again if he comes to power

Bank of Punjab case (Harris Steel and Hamesh Khan): Unsure but if true be discussed in parlaimnet and brought to Judiciary

Pakistan Steel Mill sell-off ; Steel mill was aproductive still today no boydy will buy it .May be the CJ will !!

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