ISLAMABAD: The two largest political parties – ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and opposition Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) – were on the same page on Pervez Musharraf’s cardiac episode, as both mocked the former military dictator over his “heart attack” on Thursday.
As soon as Musharraf was rushed to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC), statements started pouring in, especially from the PML-N and PPP, bashing the former dictator and saying he lacked courage to face trial in the high treason case. The most scathing criticism came from Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the young chairman of PPP. He remarked that “he can’t believe this coward (Pervez Musharraf) ever wore the uniform of our brave and courageous armed forces”.
“All medical excuses must be verified by an independent board of doctors and should not be an excuse to skip the treason case,” Bilawal opined in his message on social website Twitter.
PML-N was also quick to scornfully remark on the heart attack that Musharraf statedly suffered on his way to court.
“It seems that Pervez Musharraf has got panicked from his trial, though it is the start,” PML-N Central Information Secretary Senator Mushahidullah Khan commented, saying that no pressure has yet come upon the former military ruler.
Recalling the toppling of the PML-N government in 1999 and subsequent arrest of sacked prime minister Nawaz Sharif, Khan said that Nawaz was tortured and handcuffed after he was de-seated by Musharraf. He said that all the people should learn a lesson from the situation Musharraf is passing through, as it is the beginning of his accountability for what he did to the nation and constitution.
Praying for the early recovery of Musharraf, the PML-N leader pointed out that he has skipped court proceedings in the past too. “The truth about his illness should be determined by the court,” he said. Meanwhile, Musharraf’s lawyer in treason case, Barrister Saif, said that his client is in the intensive care unit (ICU) and doctors suggested angiography. He said that appearance of Musharraf in the next hearing of treason trial depends upon his health.
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