Try Musharraf for abuses: Amnesty

Amnesty said the former military general faces a number of other charges for human rights abuses.


News Desk August 07, 2013
He is also accused of silencing independent media and his judicial critics. PHOTO: amnesty.org

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf deserves a fair trial but should be held accountable for rampant abuses, Amnesty International (AI) said on Tuesday, according to UPI.

Musharraf was scheduled to appear before a court on Tuesday to face charges he was tied to the 2007 assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Amnesty said the former military general faces a number of other charges for human rights abuses committed during his 10-year rule over Pakistan.

UPI cited Polly Truscott, AI’s deputy Asia-Pacific director, as saying in a statement “hundreds, if not thousands” of people inexplicably disappeared during Musharraf’s tenure. He is also accused of silencing independent media and his judicial critics.

“It is encouraging to see the courts take the unprecedented step of bringing a former army chief to account for his alleged involvement in past human rights violations and crimes under international law,” she said. “But Musharraf must be held accountable for all violations committed under his rule, not just a select few.”

Published in The Express Tribune, August 7th, 2013.

COMMENTS (10)

immortal_soloist | 7 years ago | Reply

The message I posted earlier has answers to everything that clarify that Musharraf did not abuse any Human Rights. But I suppose this panel is biased and thus did not post my informative message.

In short stop this fabricated propaganda against a true patriot like Pervez Musharraf.

Amnesty International,go take a hike.

Raza | 7 years ago | Reply

@ Talat Ali

Your naivete is truly astonishing. Do you seriously believe the entire armed forces and the PM werent aware that the Kargil operation was underway? Your PM buckled under US pressure after Musharraf's strategy worked in military terms, and pleaded his innocence (read incompetence) in not knowing about it. Give me a break.

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