State, constitution plaintiff in Musharraf’s treason trial: PM

* Nawaz says court will decide whether Nov 3 steps attract proceedings under Article 6 or not * Case against Musharraf is not against an individual
State, constitution plaintiff in Musharraf’s treason trial: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Saturday the state and the constitution were the real petitioners in Pervez Musharraf’s treason case.
“Since the matter is sub judice, any comment from my side may be unfair. However, other than the case’s merit, I do say that the real petitioners in this case are the state and the Constitution of Pakistan,” the prime minister said while talking to a private television channel. He said it was up to the court to decide whether the constitution was abrogated on November 3, 2007, when Musharraf imposed emergency. “The court would also decide whether the November 3 action fell in the purview of Article 6 or not,” he added.
Prime Minister Nawaz observed that the case was not that of an individual, saying that at this critical juncture of the history, it should be ascertained whether “we are a civilised democratic state having our own constitution, law and judicial system”. “If every citizen is equal before law, he should also be answerable to the court. It is up to the court to decide whether he is innocent or guilty,” Nawaz said.
The premier said that on November 3, 2007 the constitution was abrogated and it is up to the court to decide whether the state was humiliated in front of the world or not on that day. He said the case against Musharraf should not be against an individual, and it should be decided that Pakistan upholds its constitution and is a democratic and civilised state.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervez Rashid had categorically stated on Thursday that there has been no international pressure in the past nor now as far as the issue of Pervez Musharraf is concerned and it is the court’s prerogative to decide whether the former military dictator should be allowed to travel abroad for medical treatment. The information minister had said that all relevant decisions, including Musharraf’s treatment abroad, would be made by the court during the hearing of the high treason case against him. 
He said none of the foreign governments have contacted Pakistan about Musharraf. Meanwhile, Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said that the government has not made any decision to send Musharraf abroad and it is up to the court to decide in this regard. He said that the government is well aware of the matters pertaining to Musharraf and so far no decision has made to send him abroad.

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