Musharraf will be arrested, Senate assured

Malik says CJ should take suo motu notice of Nov 2007 emergency.

Sumera Khan January 19, 2012


Interior Minister Rehman Malik assured Senate on Wednesday that former president Pervez Musharraf would be arrested upon his return to Pakistan.

“I assure this house that if he lands in Pakistan, he will be arrested because he is a proclaimed offender in the Benazir Bhutto murder case,” the minister said.

The interior minister’s assurance comes a day after Senator Raza Rabbani submitted a 10-point charge sheet in Senate, calling for the former dictator’s arrest.

Malik said the Pakistan Peoples Party-led government never said that it would not take action against Musharraf, and added that while it is the responsibility of the federal government to give an order for registering a case against Musharraf, it is important for someone to register a complaint in this regard.

The minister also said that Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry should take suo moto notice of the non-constitutional steps taken by the former dictator on November 3, 2007 when he imposed emergency, in clear violation of the Constitution.

He also said that the government had already started the process of issuing a ‘red warrant’ to bring Musharraf back through Interpol.

“A committee should be set up to discuss the complaints against Musharraf,” Malik added.

Senator Rabbani, meanwhile, said that Musharraf was a Pakistani national and should be treated according to law of the land.

The PPP senator said it was alarming that the former president was trying to make the US issue statements in his favour for his return to Pakistan.

Rabbani warned the US against interfering in internal matter of the country and further demanded the government to charge Musharraf under article 6, upon his arrival. “Pakistan will never accept the intervention of the US over Musharraf,” he added.

Leader of the Opposition Abdul Ghafoor Haideri said the JUI-F will support the government if it takes action against Musharraf, who, he said, killed innocent students of Jamia Hafsa.

ANP Senator Hasil Bizenjo alleged that Musharraf was responsible for missing persons across the country, adding that he was the one who started the Balochistan operation during his tenure.

ANP Senator Zahid Khan said that Musharraf was responsible for the present situation of the country as he ‘introduced’ the war against terrorism.

Later, Senate Deputy Chairman Mir Jan Muhammad Jamali asked Senators including Mir Hasil Bizenjo, Zafar Ali Shah, Raza Rabbani and Rehman Malik to sit together to prepare the complaint to register a case against Musharraf under article 6 of the Constitution.

Addressing a political rally on January 8 in Karachi, Musharraf promised his arrival in Pakistan between January 27 and January 30 to take part in the general elections, which are now extensively being anticipated later this year.

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s proceedings condemned the murder of journalist Mukaram Khan Atif, who was killed in Charsadda on Wednesday, and offered prayers for the departed soul.

Earlier, journalists staged a walkout from the House in protest against the brutal killing of the journalist and demanded a probe into the case. The House assured that the issue will be properly pursued.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 19th, 2012.


Frederick D Boaz Chaudhry | 10 years ago | Reply


Frederick D Boaz Chaudhry | 10 years ago | Reply

@Amjad: What damages to the nation? Every one enjoyed freedom of speech, and all had eaten excessively, nothing was hidden from this very nation. Yes he made a few mistakes, killing of Bugti who had has own law in his Dera like estate. Yes he allowed the present president come back home to arrange a loot sale for himself and his cabinet, for there is no electricity, no gas, no cng, no lpg and other commodities for general public use. Electricity, gas and other prices are being increased by leaps and bounds (i.e every month / sometimes twice a month) All kinds of taxes and surcharges are levied in electricity bills, i.e. E.Q. surcharge, Fuel price adjustments, Nelum Jehlum surcharge, General Sales Tax, Electricity Duty.

Can you define these surcharges, as to where are the Nelum Jehlum projects, and that what kind of general sales tax, electricity duty. Do you know, is the electricity generated without fuel? Or without any power of all necessary equipment. Then these surcharges must be levied. In the amount of total cost of electricity, nothing is included that is being charged again and again.

I wish the retired General come back home with pomp and show who was given full guard of honor. Do all his enemies thinks they want to negate the National Guard of honor to a person for whom much more people are to say prayers. Frederick

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