First-of-its-kind: Nationalist party backs premier’s decision to try Musharraf

STPP chairperson requests the trial of Musharraf at open courts.

Our Correspondent June 26, 2013
"The PPP secured more seats this time than it had after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. This mandate is fake,"STPP chairperson Dr Qadir Magsi. PHOTO: FILE

SUKKUR: The Sindh Taraqi Pasand Party (STPP) chairperson, Dr Qadir Magsi, has backed the decision of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to start legal proceedings against General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.

Addressing a press conference in Sukkur on Tuesday, Dr Magsi said that Musharraf should be tried at an open court for the murders of Nawab Akbar Bugti and Benazir Bhutto and for treason for subverting the constiution of Pakistan twice.

Dr Magsi alleged that those who had enjoyed power under the umbrella of dictatorship were trying to create an atmosphere of panic and harassment in the wake of the trial. He urged the citizens of Pakistan to support the federal government in its decision to pursue the case.

A new trend was coming to the fore as a dictator will face trial in the court of law for the first time in Pakistan, he said. He advised PM Sharif not to invite the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) to join the government, because during the last five years, when the MQM was the part of government, tens of thousands of people were killed.

Dr Magsi alleged that large-scale rigging was committed in Sindh during the May 11 elections. The PPP had secured more seats than it had after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, claiming that this mandate was fake, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 26th, 2013.


safeer ahmad | 7 years ago | Reply

Many if not most Pakistanis, here and abroad, observed Musharraf going about his governence. We have also observed PPP and all forms of Muslim League that have governed the country.

Conclusion most Pakistanis draw is: Pakistan is most obliging in times of adversity.

Yusuf | 7 years ago | Reply While the wrangling on whether to try Musharaf goes on, spare a thought for the hundreds of people, his neighbours, and residents of Chak Shahzad, who have been held in a state of siege. All access roads to and from areas near his house have been cordoned off, the place virtually off limits to residents and visitors. Getting to that suburb has become a real test of navigational skills, as one is diverted through Shahzad Town, down numerous dirt roads and tracks, made to circumvent extra kilometers of road just to reach one's house, or visit anyone in the neighbourhood of this sub jail. Surely it would have been better to move him to a place where the citizens would be subject to less inconvenvenience? Is anyone at the Ministry of Interior listening?
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