Safe exit for Musharraf: MP Dasti says witnessed deal between PPP, PML-N

Insists both parties agreed to deny the existence of the agreement, explaining why PML-N is now reneging on it.

Abdul Manan/owais Jafri July 14, 2014


Maverick lawmaker Jamshed Dasti on Sunday counted himself as a witness to an agreement forged between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) over giving full indemnity to former president Pervez Musharraf and allowing him a safe exit.

“I was part of the meeting [between PPP and PML-N] to discuss the issue [of Musharraf’s exit],” he told The Express Tribune on Sunday. “Both sides agreed to the deal so as not to create a conflict between the military establishment and political parties,” he said.

The independent lawmaker – who was part of the PPP government that preceded the incumbent PML-N government – accused PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and other party leaders of lying about the matter. “Only [former premier] Yousaf Raza Gilani is telling the truth,” he said.

According to Dasti, the PPP and PML-N leadership has a clandestine agreement to deny the existence of any deal over Musharraf. “Both parties agreed that though they would create a hue and cry over Musharraf, they would not take any legal action.”

Both are wrongfully denying [the existence of a deal over Musharraf]… the issue was even discussed at both parties’ central committee meetings after being discussed between Zardari and Nawaz,” the MNA said.

Dasti said when the deal was reached, Musharraf was told he would face no problem moving either inside or outside the country. “Musharraf was even assured that he would be allowed to form a party and take part in politics.”

PML-N is now reneging on this agreement, he added.

According to the lawmaker, the governments of Saudi Arabia, United States and Britain, and former army chief Gen (retd) Ashfaq Parvez Kayani were the guarantors of Musharraf. He claimed all of them are currently unhappy with the PML-N’s ‘deceitful’ behaviour over the issue.

PML-N had no deal regarding Musharraf: Pervaiz Rashid

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid, however, refuted claims that the ruling PML-N was part of any deal concerning Musharraf.

He pointed out that the statements made by different PPP leaders regarding the matter were contradictory. “Even Musharraf has denied having any deal with the government,” he said.

The minister added that PML-N would never be part of any move against the law and Constitution.

On the other hand, in response to a question about Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s comments that there would be ‘bloodshed’ if the govt held Independence Day celebrations at the same place and time as the party’s ‘tsunami’ march, Rashid said the statement showed PTI has a ‘policy of bloodshed’.

He said similar language was used by Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Tahirul Qadri “and look what happened.”

“The statements reflect both PAT and PTI’s policy of bloodshed,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 14th, 2014.


Najeebullah | 7 years ago | Reply

Mr Dasti! I think you are telling the truth but who asked you??

Assad | 7 years ago | Reply

@i4shad: Not a single political leader has been hung by the Army except Bhutto and the Zia episode. Why is Musharraf being made to pay for the sins of Zia's vindictive nature? The former was always much more magnanimous against all his adversaries including the Lords of Raiwind.

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