Cornering Musharraf: Freeze bank accounts if illegal, says Rashid

Published: January 7, 2014
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Pervez Musharraf gestures during a press conference in Karachi on March 31, 2013. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Pervez Musharraf gestures during a press conference in Karachi on March 31, 2013. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

Pervez Musharraf gestures during a press conference in Karachi on March 31, 2013. PHOTO: AFP/FILE Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid. PHOTO: RIAZ AHMED
KARACHI: 

Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid has said if former president Pervez Musharraf’s bank accounts are illegal, they should be frozen.

He was talking to Javed Chaudhry, host of the Express News programme ‘Kal Tak’.

Several news channels reported on Monday that a London bank account of the former president had been frozen. According to the reports, the account was frozen after it was learnt that Musharraf did not disclose that he was a former head of state while opening it. They said authorities had started investigations, both against Musharraf and the bank manager who opened his account.

Sources close to the former president, however, termed the reports ‘baseless and false’.

Talking to Express News, Maj Gen (retd) Rashid Qureshi denied any of Musharraf’s accounts had been frozen and said the former president’s associates were trying to find out the source of the reports.

Meanwhile, speaking to Javed Chaudhry, Pervaiz Rashid said Musharraf is ‘within the clutches of the law  rather that the grasp of the government’.

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“Any decision on his fate will be made by the court,” he said. “The court will decide whether he committed a crime or is an innocent person… the government does not have the authority to keep him in the country or send him abroad,” Rashid added.

The minister said the treason case against Musharraf was initiated on the Supreme Court’s orders and Saudi Arabia, the US, UK or any one else had said anything to the government on the matter.

He urged Musharraf to appear before the court and try to convince the judges of his innocence.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 7th, 2014. 

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Reader Comments (7)

  • shah
    Jan 7, 2014 - 11:19AM

    This is called ‘victimization’

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  • Khan
    Jan 7, 2014 - 12:25PM

    Then stand up in court and say you have nothing to fear you did what you had to for the country.

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  • zeenat aga
    Jan 7, 2014 - 4:42PM

    I wish PLM-N had pursued justice against Zardari and Nawaz Shariff for money laundering, colossal businesses in the whole world etc with the same determination and fair play that is being played out in the media for the so called good of the country.

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  • unbelievable
    Jan 7, 2014 - 5:46PM

    Rubbish. Pakistan can’t freeze bank accounts in other countries and nobody asks or cares whether your a former head of state when opening a bank account.

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  • Khan
    Jan 7, 2014 - 8:06PM

    where did he get some much money from? after all he was an ex general and salary of an general doesn’t go as far as purchasing several multi million dollar properties across the globe? and cash in overseas bank accounts?

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  • Jan 8, 2014 - 3:04AM

    Please check Mr. Rashid’s… overseas,..accounts. In
    Cayman Islands. Via a Wyoming off shore trust company.
    Thank You.

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  • Sohail
    Jan 8, 2014 - 5:41AM

    @ Khan,
    Have u ever had a best selling biography published… have u been invited to Top Universities and other venues in the world to give lectures… i guess not… and therefore u cannot fathom how much a person of his caliber and back ground can make… unfortunately no body wants to invite any other president from Pakistan

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