ISLAMABAD: As a special court is all set to indict General (r) Pervez Musharraf for treason today (Wednesday), the former president said on Tuesday that only a military court could hold a trial against him.
Addressing former servicemen at an event titled ‘First Forum’, Musharraf termed treason charges against him “ridiculous”, and said he had done every act in favour of the country and its betterment.
Musharraf said that he took the November 3, 2007 step as an army chief and only a military court could, therefore, hear his case.
“I took the November 3 step as an army chief. Under the constitution, my case can be heard in a military court only.”
He said that “fake and baseless” cases had been framed against him and he would face them without seeking help from anyone.
The former president said that he had come to Pakistan as people wanted a change in the country but he was not allowed to contest general elections.
The former military ruler said that people were not satisfied with the performance of political parties and keeping that in view he had decided to return to Pakistan “fully aware” that he would have to face difficulties. He said it was his personal decision and added that without taking risks no one can become a leader.
He said that he had taken “revolutionary measures” in various sectors aimed at economic uplift of the country. “We should work to make Pakistan a progressive and welfare Islamic state,” he said.
Musharraf said that state of affairs in Pakistan was worsening day by day and common people are missing the prosperity brought about by him during his days in power. He added the value of dollar was Rs 61 under his rule and “people were more prosperous”.
Declaring his term a “golden era” for Pakistan, the former army chief said all he did during his rule was aimed at projecting interests of the country.
He said the present leadership could not rid the country of prevailing crises. He said that there is need for reforms in the democratic system to steer the country out of problems and difficulties.
He also paid tributes to the Pakistan Army, saying that it was sacrificing a lot and writing a new chapter in its history. He paid homage to martyrs who had laid down their lives in the fight against terrorism.
Musharraf also praised new army chief General Raheel Sharif and wished him success.
“I pray for the success of General Raheel Sharif, chief of the army staff,” he said.
Meanwhile, Musharraf filed a petition in the special court on Tuesday, requesting the court to transfer his case to a military court.
Musharraf also moved three intra-court appeals in the Islamabad High Court on Tuesday against dismissal of three petitions regarding formation of special court as well as appointment of special prosecutor.
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