PM hints at Musharraf’s trial upon homecoming

Published: September 14, 2010

MULTAN: Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Monday said that if and when former president Pervez Musharraf returns to the country he will be “warmly welcomed” by Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

The prime minister made this sarcastic comment while talking to the media after visiting PML-N leader Javed Hashmi.  “We don’t want democracy to be derailed at any cost. Whenever he (Musharraf) comes back he will have to face courts hence the chief justice will give him a warm welcome upon his arrival to Pakistan,” he said.

Commenting on the rehabilitation of flood victims, Prime Minister Gilani said he has asked MNAs and senators to divert development funds towards rehabilitation of the flood victims and thanked political parties and leaders, the civil society and the international community for extending support to the country at this time of crisis. He said that a united endeavour by all political forces can help solve the country’s problems and mitigate sufferings of those affected by the floods. “Pakistanis are a brave nation and their united effort to reach out to the flood victims is indicative of their strength,” he said. “We can rebuild a new Pakistan, rebuild the homes
of the poor flood victims with the support of the people,” Prime Minister Gilani said.

He also aired an impassioned appeal to the nation to keep supporting the government and extend cooperation to rebuild demolished homes of the flood-hit people and help them re-launch their businesses they had lost to the worst flooding.

He said that he was fully aware of the problems of the people and would visit Multan twice a month to help address issues and oversee the relief and rehabilitation operation in flood-hit areas, adding that as prime minister, entire Pakistan was his constituency which broadens the scope of his responsibility.

The primer said he desired that everybody, including the opposition, be involved in all important issues because unity among political forces was a recipe for solving the country’s problems. “I consult parliament on all issues and believe in strengthening institutions under the ambit of the constitution.”

Prime Minister Gilani pledged to strengthen the parliament and work for the supremacy of the constitution, promising to promote a fair and transparent system comprising strong institutions that does not overlook the poor and in which talented people get the jobs they deserve. “We are moving forward in this direction,” he remarked.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 14th, 2010.

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Yousaf
    Sep 14, 2010 - 9:55AM

    not hint.. this jackass is threatning Gen. Musharraf with an aim to terrified him, which is not possible.

    Wait for few more days, the day he announce his return these all useless, corrupt, and faithless people will run for shelter. A major cleaning required to get rid of these politicians who are eating the resources of Pakistan. Recommend

  • Zahid
    Sep 14, 2010 - 10:04AM


  • arshad
    Sep 14, 2010 - 11:16AM

    I think Rs. 240 Million made a big impact on him. He should not be worry as this time he will not go alone inside the jail for whatever he is doing but his whole family will be inside the bar… So Mr. PM get ready for it.Recommend

  • Zahid
    Sep 14, 2010 - 11:55AM

    We Student We are with Musharraf. Recommend

  • Asmat Jamal
    Sep 14, 2010 - 11:58AM

    I agree with the Prime Minister when he says that Armed Forces, and National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) were part of the Government. The problem is not here.
    The problem is that where is the civilian setup. Where is the high sounding DMG and their relief commissioners, Irrigation and agriculture departments along with their machinery, Police, Civil Defence and scores of other departments whose primary job is to take care of the population in distress.
    People of Pakistan are very clear about the termites who are eating inti the vitals of this unlucky country. If FBR, DMG, PCS and AG departments are cleared of corruption, Pakistan will not need any aid from outside world.Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Sep 14, 2010 - 12:12PM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.Funny statement by PM Gillani but according to Sahih Ahadith Hazrat Muhammad (APBUH) said in clear words that first do yourself then do for the others.Thus first clear yourself from references and blames against President Zardari and others then start trial against Musharraf.If you are so sincere and honest for Pakistan and the nation then why are you using Article 248 umbrella for disguising yourself from appearing in Supreme Court.Face Supreme Court against your cases bravely and then talk about others’ trials.Don’t use hypocritical face.Most of the persons in National Assembly and Parliament are corrupt and NRO certified.Trail against them first then against Musharraf.Recommend

  • kamran khan baloch
    Sep 14, 2010 - 12:52PM

    there is something which we forget sometimes. They (PM and CJ) can never try a real blow on Mush. The reason is that if they failed to kill him, they might loose their own lives. They would not take the matter to a “kill or be killed” situation. If MUSH survived their blow, “they” will retaliate. Plz do not forget that the emergency orders of 3rd Nov, has a clause that stated that this act of imposition of emergency can NOT be challenged by anyone. Imagine if “they” come back and take their legal action. Recommend

  • Dr. Mohammad Ilyas
    Sep 14, 2010 - 3:18PM

    Welcome Musharraf. Corrupt politicians are now looking towards CJ for refuge, but the nation will not allow this to happen. Mr. Nawaz and Mr. Jalani enough is enough no one can save you from the people wrath. Do PPPP and PMLN are left with any credebility to make such ugly threats? Musharraf has made just an announement and you are already in taters, what about when he demonstrate his own party next month on October 1 in London announces his date of return?

    Same people have been demanding to get Musharraf through interpol, and now they are becoming afraid of his return. Respect him, because Musharraf lovers are now in clear majority. Recommend

  • watchdog from UK
    Sep 14, 2010 - 6:36PM

    CJP would definitely be looking forward to see Gen Mush in the docks.
    Musharraf is on the record uttering words like ‘scum on the earth’ for Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.Recommend

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