Close associates of former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf have asked top military leadership to intervene in the issue immediately before tensions between state institutions get worse.
“Top military leadership will come into action [as an ex-general is being denied justice],” Major General (Retd) Rashid Qureshi, a close friend of the former president told The Express Tribune.
The Islamabad High Court on Thursday cancelled Musharraf’s bail application in the judges’ detention case and ordered his arrest. On Friday, the former president was transferred from his Chak Shahzad farmhouse to Islamabad Police Headquarters.
“Enough is enough. Judicial activism will not be tolerated anymore,” General Qureshi said, adding Musharraf will continue to face courts until he gets justice.
“We will fight legally, morally and politically against injustice in Pakistan.”
A movement has apparently started by some elements to degrade retired military generals as well as top spymasters, General Qureshi said.
He recalled that earlier this year in Dubai he had told Musharraf not to fly to Pakistan.
“The ground is not plain for you [Musharraf] to pursue political career,” General Qureshi told the former army chief.
A close aide of Musharraf said that the ex-president constantly received calls from some military leaders, both serving and retired, on Thursday.
“The situation shall hopefully improve by next week as Musharraf will get bail,” he said.
A senior official of Inter Services Public Relations, however, did not confirm the development.
“We have not received such request yet,” he said.
Furthermore, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) has announced to kick off a peaceful movement against Musharraf’s arrest.
As the civilian government continues to humiliate Musharraf, we request the top military leadership to support him, said APML Additional Secretary General Chaudhry Shafiq. Senior leaders of APML will hold peaceful rallies across the country, with retired army officials and civil society activists raising their voice against the injustice that took place against Musharraf, he said.
Senior Counsel for Pervez Musharraf Ahmed Raza Kasuri said they may file another petition in the apex court against the inclusion of the 7-Anti Terrorism Act in the First Information Report against his client.
Even the court cannot order Musharraf’s arrest, Kasuri maintained.
Former President Musharraf made history by appearing before a civil court’s judge, he said, adding that a well-planned conspiracy is being hatched against APML to weaken the party in next general elections.
“All looters are allowed to contest elections—then why not Musharraf?” asked APML Spokesperson Dr Amjad.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 20th, 2013.