‘SC order was not binding, govt could have detained Musharraf’

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Pakistan's former President Pervez Musharraf speaks during a news conference in Dubai in this March 23, 2013 file photograph. Musharraf, was granted bail on November 4, 2013 in a case related to the killing of a cleric, taking him a step closer to freedom after months under house arrest and legal wrangling over his fate. REUTERS/Mohammad Abu Omar/Files (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Tags: POLITICS)

Lal Masjid cleric’s counsel spits fire on former president’s exit

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Besides some political parties, Lal Masjid Shohda Foundation also smells a rat in former president Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf’s early Friday departure for Dubai from Karachi airport. Advocate Tariq Assad, President of the Foundation and a counsel for the Lal Masjid cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz while addressing a press conference here on Friday expressed his anger and dismay at the former army chief’s exit from the country and termed it in violation of the law of land and against the stance of the PML-N government.
“PML-N government stands exposed today as the Supreme Court in its judgment had never allowed Musharraf to leave the country. The apex court instead termed it was the government’s prerogative to let Musharraf leave the land,” said a visibly annoyed chief counsel of the Lal Masjid clerics.
He said the interior minister Ch Nisar Ali Khan’s press conference a day earlier (Thursday) misleading and a pack of lies. Advocate Assad also accused the judiciary of taking dictation. “Superior judiciary is not independent rather it takes dictation from the power houses of the country,” said Tariq Assad.
Pervez Musharraf not only imposed emergency, abrogated the constitution, he also conducted Operation Lal Masjid that caused death of a large number of the students of the Lal Masjid seminary. Giving a long list of the ‘crimes’ committed by former army chief and president of Pakistan, Lal Masjid Shohada Foundation vowed to bring Gen Musharraf back. We shall make sure that justice is done and Gen Musharraf pays the price for his misdeeds.
On the other hand, the Information Secretary of All Pakistan Muslim League Chaudhry Assad Mehmood has made it clear that Gen Musharraf has left the country on his volition. “Going out of the country is Musharraf’s own decision and the reason is nothing else but medical. Those who are fretting on this should feel ashamed of,” said the APML party leader.
In a statement issued to media here Friday APML Information secretary said Musharraf would definitely return to the country. Our party leader has due respect and regard for the courts of the country. From a civil judge to the top courts of the country, Gen (R) Musharraf has been appearing and he doesn’t mind this, said the party information secretary. In his regard for law, Musharraf kept pending his medical treatment until a decision is given by the court and after the top court of the country gave its verdict, he thought it appropriate to leave the country and that too for purely medical concerns.

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