press trust of india
Islamabad, 21 June: Pervez Musharraf may become the first dictator in Pakistan’s history to face trial for high treason as the new government has decided to go ahead with a case against him for abrogating the Constitution and imposing emergency rule in 2007, a media report said today.
The government will support measures to uphold the Constitution and rule of law instead of saving 69-year-old Musharraf from trial on a charge of high treason, an unnamed federal minister was quoted as saying by The News daily.
The minister, who holds an “important portfolio in the cabinet”, said in line with PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif’s indication before his appointment as Prime Minister, the government will support Musharraf’s trial for high treason. The minister said that the PML-N government would ensure that the apex court’s decision in the case is implemented.
Former Attorney General Irfan Qadir had submitted a statement saying that the interim administration, which conducted the May 11 polls, was not interested in prosecuting Musharraf. He also said that the next elected government should decide the matter.
During the last hearing of the case, the Supreme Court had made it clear that it would implement Article 6 of the Constitution — which relates to treason — in the case against Musharraf “even if heavens fall”.
The new Attorney General, Munir A Malik, met Sharif a few days ago to ascertain the government’s stance on the issue of Musharraf&’s trial. The meeting was held to decide the government’s position when the case against Musharraf is taken up for hearing by the apex court on June 24.
Musharraf is currently being held at his farmhouse on the outskirts of Islamabad and is facing charges in three cases related to the 2007 assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto, the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti in a 2006 military operation and the imposition of emergency in 2007.