ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Monday asked the government to initiate cases against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf from October 1999 instead of November 3, 2007.
Speaking in the Senate, Shujaat also called for removal of high treason case against Musharaf, saying that the former president had held two elections and ministers took oath from him.
If the government is determined to indict Musharraf in the case, former chief justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, former army chief Gen (r) Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani and Chaudhry Pervaiz Elahi should also be included in the case, Shujaat said.
Several federal ministers had worked with Musharrat and their names should also be included in the case, the PML-Q chief said.
Responding to Shujaat’s comments, PML-N Senator Mushahidullah said Musharraf had violated the constitution of Pakistan and he should be held responsible for it.
“The entire world follows the constitution and same should be the case in Pakistan. For the first time, a civil government has dared to pursue a case against military dictator and all parties should appreciate this,” the PML-N leader said.
He said that the government had initiated the treason case against Musharraf under the Supreme Court’s directive.
Mushahidullah said that it is time for all political parties to unite against a military dictator who called himself a brave person but instead of court he had gone to hospital. He also claimed that Pervez Musharraf is “now doing property dealing from hospital and wants to sell some foreign flats”.
He also questioned as to why some people had supported Musharraf during his tenure when “children were martyred in Lal Masjid”.
Taking part in discussion over Mian Raza Rabbani’s motion regarding law and order, MQM Senator Tahir Hussain Mashhaid said federal and provincial governments have “totally failed to protect people’s lives and property”.
“The government has no vision, action or a programme to remove terrorism from the country nor there is political will to do so.”
He said that inflation and power/gas bills have made people’s lives miserable. He said that petroleum prices have been raised six times by the incumbent government
Earlier, the Senate allowed a private member bill regarding dual nationality of higher court judges and government servants, as the movers sought an amendment to the constitution to make them renounce the nationality of other countries.
Movers of the bill Senators Raza Rabbani and Sughra Imam have sought in the proposed amendment that any judge of the judiciary or a government servant possessing dual nationality shall have to renounce within 60 days, the citizenship of a foreign country.
As the government did not oppose the bill, Senate Chairman Syed Nayyer Hussain Bukhari sent it to the standing committee concerned for deliberation.
Senators Raza Rabbani and Sughra Imam have sought amendments to articles 177, 193 and 240 that relates to holding a dual nationality by judges of superior courts and the persons in the service of Pakistan.
MQM Senator Haseeb Khan staged a walk out against Karim Ahmad Khwaja’s statement that Altaf Hussain was issuing wrong statements against Pakistan.
Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the security situation in the country would worsen as a result of withdrawal of NATO forces, the empowerment of Taliban in Afghanistan and both Pakistan and Afghanistan believing that their worst enemies have sanctuaries in the other country.
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