If Musharraf is to be tried for 2007 emergency, try him for coup as well: Altaf

Published: January 6, 2014
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Altaf Hussain says cases against Musharraf are a conspiracy to divert attention from the real issues and problems faced by the country.  PHOTO: FILE

Altaf Hussain says cases against Musharraf are a conspiracy to divert attention from the real issues and problems faced by the country. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain said on Monday that blaming only former president Pervez Musharraf for enforcing emergency or martial law in the country, while letting others off the hook is tantamount to conspiracy against the state.

In a statement released by his party on Monday, Altaf told members of the Rabita Committee and other party leaders that if cases under Article six are to be initiated against the former president, then instead of just hearing on November 3, 2007, emergency, the trial should also include circumstances surrounding the October 12, 1999 coup.

The MQM chief said that those who hold Musharraf responsible for the emergency, and want to him to be hanged, are unfair and unjust in their demands. He said that the cases against Musharraf are a conspiracy to divert attention from the real issues and problems faced by the country.

Regarding Sunday’s congregation in Karachi, Altaf said that ‘Sindh two’ is a reality, and would come into shape.

He reiterated that the deprived people should be given their rights.

On Friday, Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Khursheed Shah said the government should also pursue a case against Musharraf for staging a military coup in 1999. “To try Musharraf only for abrogating the Constitution on November 3, 2007, is not enough,” Shah said. “This will ultimately allow the former military chief a safe exit.”

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Muslim Leaguer
    Jan 6, 2014 - 11:31PM

    So ultimately Altaf Hussain has acknowledged that Musharraf should be tried for high treason!
    Yes, the Law is very clear under article-6.
    Mushi, here you go!

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  • Khurram Awan
    Jan 6, 2014 - 11:44PM

    Why our news outlets are adamant in making Insignificant views of this person something to be reckon with.?

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  • Ricky
    Jan 6, 2014 - 11:46PM

    A rich foreign citizen in the safety of UK is interfering in our judicial system and sovereignty of the country. When would Sindh get a refuge from these rich lifetime political chiefs? This party is created by Zia’s establishment and is continuously supported by the same establishment. Who could continue to address on phone in various Pakistani cities for quarter of a century without the establishment support? If it were any other party their connections would have long been cut off. Poor masses do not get electricity but there is no shortage of electricity and satellite for establishment party.

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  • asim
    Jan 6, 2014 - 11:52PM

    Its a test of the Judicial system and democracy

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 7, 2014 - 12:03AM

    Altaf Bhai is using Musharaf’s misery for his own glory but would never let Musharaf to become part of MQM. Altaf Bhai knows very well that Musharaf will replace him in a very short time.

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  • Hypocrisyexposer
    Jan 7, 2014 - 12:10AM

    Altaf Hussain you should be ashamed for even thinking that, you yourself are such a coward hiding behind a telephone of yours in a foreign country armed with a foreign passport. Im not a musharraf supporter but atleast he had the guts to come back to this country despite security risk like you and he did not yet leave the country for treatment. Also, we had 10000 times better lives under his COUP rather than your DEMOCRACY (read militancy). Strong Reality check.

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  • Tired
    Jan 7, 2014 - 12:14AM

    Contacting UK police yet again

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  • Tiredofhypocritealtaf
    Jan 7, 2014 - 12:19AM

    while letting others off the hook is tantamount to conspiracy against the state.

    Are you talking in favour of the state you previously called A BLUNDER in your home country and then retracted that statement on departure ?
    Or the one where you constantly play the “Muhajir card” on every small issue ??

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  • AAA
    Jan 7, 2014 - 12:21AM

    Coming up:
    Rabita committee says media is taking Altaf Bhai’s words out of context and Altaf bhai did not say musharraf should be tried for coup

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  • BMR
    Jan 7, 2014 - 12:22AM

    Awaiting Rabita committee’s followup comment denying all this and calling it a media propoganda

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  • AnisAqeel
    Jan 7, 2014 - 12:24AM

    A prosecutor can’t be forced to take a weaker case and select carefully the cases that are winnable. Why this prosecutor should go into the field knowingly that he will loose!

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  • Musharraf Leaguer
    Jan 7, 2014 - 12:28AM

    @Muslim Leaguer:
    Please read between the lines. Altaf is asking to start a trial of Iftikhar Chaudhary and General Keyani too. PML(N) wants selective justice and this will not happen.

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  • RidiculousIntervening
    Jan 7, 2014 - 12:29AM

    If this continues, I as a Pakistani citizen will get involved in the politics of UK from now on

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  • lollMQM
    Jan 7, 2014 - 12:40AM

    I am not a musharraf supporter, but musharraf is a loyal soldier & son of this country while Altaf Hussain’s loyalty is doubtful and not clear due to his frequent anti-pakistan statements and his oath to UK on which he got british citizenship. You do not throw rocks when your house is made of glass.

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  • A2Z
    Jan 7, 2014 - 12:43AM

    Actually he is protecting him. If he would be tried for coup then we will hear calls for trial of Zia and Ayub’s coup as well. Ultimately everything will be cooled down and nothing will happen.

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  • Jan 7, 2014 - 12:44AM

    I agree with Altaf Hussain.

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  • masialu
    Jan 7, 2014 - 1:05AM

    This man is in a fix with Scotland yard who are going to nab him very soon and for the time being is making silly statements which are helping PPP to delay the local body elections.
    Media should stop giving him time and instead highlight the real issues faced by ordinary people.

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  • Jibran
    Jan 7, 2014 - 1:18AM

    Naan League’s intentions were malafide when Ch. Nisar announced invocation of article 6. It was listening to like Ansaar Abbassi the way they approached this serious matter. In coming days situation will get worse. There is no way out other than to start from 1999. Key players like Musharraf, Aziz, Ch. Iftikhar all are partners in crime and must not be spared.Recommend

  • Jan 7, 2014 - 1:22AM

    If musharaf should be tried for coup, then Altaf should be tried for rigging, and should lose all the areas which he won in.

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  • SHB
    Jan 7, 2014 - 2:51AM

    Mr Altaf should talk about himself. He must tell us how he got 400000 British pound which were found in one of his three houses in London and money was confiscated by Scotland Yard.

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  • Pakistani
    Jan 8, 2014 - 12:32PM

    One hundred percent agreed.

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  • reas
    Jan 9, 2014 - 4:46PM

    This isjust and intelligent demand.Recommend

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