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Musharraf to be tried for treason under Article 6: PM

Musharraf to be tried for treason under Article 6: PM

ISLAMABAD, (SANA): Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has said , in the policy statement, in theNational Assembly that former president general (retd) Pervez Musharraf will be tried for high treason under article 6 of the Constitution.

Speaking in the National Assembly on Monday, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pervez Musharraf will be held accountable for subverting the Constitution of Pakistan, stopping judges of higher judiciary from working through illegal orders and taking unconstitutional steps of imposing emergency on November 3, 2007.

He said that there had been a tug of war between democracy and dictatorship, adding that political parties and intellectuals didn’t let the flag of democracy fall.

Nawaz Sharif said that the country came into being through democratic struggle and the process of transition of power will continue in the country.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Pervez Musharraf abrogated the constitution twice without any lawful reason in October 1999 and again on 3rd of November 2007.

He assured the court and people of the country that every judgment of the judiciary will be respected and implemented.

The prime minister said that government will support measures to uphold the Constitution and rule of law.

The government will take all the political forces into confidence in this regard, he added.

Meanwhile, former President Supreme Court Bar Association and senior lawyer Aitzaz Ahsan said that former president Pervez Musharraf violated the constitution twice and treason case should be proceeded against him.

According to media reports, Aitzaz Ahsan welcoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif decision for treason case against Pervez Musharraf said that all democracy lovers and those upholding the law would second the decision of the prime minister.

He said that Pervez Musharraf violated the constitution on Oct 12 and Nov 3 2007 and kept 60 judges in confinement treason case should be proceeded against him but action should also be taken against those who are sitting in Nawaz Sharif’s cabinet and had sided with Musharraf.

Aitzaz Ahsan said that Mian Nawaz Sharif would have to think about the fate of those ministers who are sitting in his cabinet who at that time had endorsed the steps of Musharraf instead of resigning.

Without naming PML-N leader Zahid Hamid, he said that if Musharraf gives a statement in court that he was not alone in the November 3, 2007 steps but others such as Shaukat Aziz and other lawyers were also involved on whose advice he had taken the decision than that could create problems for Nawaz Sharif.

He said that he has always stood against dictators and he is the only person who had countered four dictators.

It is mentioning here that Pervez Musharraf is facing charges of abrogating the Constitution of Pakistan and detaining judges of the higher judiciary after imposing emergency on November 3, 2007.

The 69-year-old former military ruler was arrested shortly after he returned to Pakistan in March to lead his party in the polls.

He is currently under house arrest at his farmhouse on the outskirts of Islamabad and is facing charges in three high-profile 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.

Pervez Musharraf could become the first dictator in the country’s history to face trial for high treason.

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