Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) senator Tariq Azeem.—File Photo

LAHORE: If PML-N Senator Tariq Azeem is to be believed, the party has decided to pursue high treason case against retired General Pervez Musharraf after coming to power.

“The party will pursue the (treason) case against Gen Musharraf because he broke the law and should face the music,” Senator Azeem told Dawn. He rejected a perception that the PML-N would refrain from initiating proceedings against Gen Musharraf under Article 6 of the constitution.

“Nobody is above the law. A person who violated the constitution must be tried.”

Asked whether Nawaz Sharif, the PML-N president, had discussed the issue with leaders of his party, he said: “Nawaz Sharif has discussed the Musharraf issue with party members and he is very clear about his trial for violating the constitution.”

The caretaker government had told the Supreme Court last month that it could not initiate proceedings against Gen Musharraf under Article 6 because it had a “limited mandate”.

“The caretaker set-up should avoid taking any controversial step and should not commit any process that is not reversible by the incoming elected government,” it said in a statement before the court.

Facing a barrage of cases, the former president has been detained in his farmhouse at Chak Shehzad, which has been declared a sub-jail.

According to sources, the PML-N did not rush to form government after winning the May 11 elections for two reasons — introduction of a mini-budget in which some harsh tax measures had been proposed and to see how he caretakers dealt with the treason case.

Observers believe that it will be very difficult for the incoming PML-N government to decide whether to go for Gen Musharraf’s trial under Article 6 or not to do so.

Hinting at a behind the scene move, PML-Z President Ijazul Haq, who has decided to support the PML-N after winning a National Assembly seat, recently told reporters that Gen Musharraf “will leave the country before swearing in of the new government”.

According to sources, the quarters concerned have grilled Mr Haq over his statement and asked him about the source of information about the move.

The sources said certain quarters were active to find out an “amicable resolution” of the issue. Advocate Aslam Ghumman, who filed a petition relating to the judges’ detention, has already withdrawn his complaint against Gen Musharraf.

Updated May 28, 2013 07:19am

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Dr.Zain, Paediatrician, Canada
May 28, 2013 09:09am

Tariq Azeem talk when you have proof and have conscience otherwise stop crap. No matter how many fabricated stories will be made but no one has dare courage to come forward and punish Musharraf. False media to change brains would not work. Musharraf is a man of courage, honesty and boldly returned to country without any fear. Honest people are supported by God. PML-N is group of wealth looting gang and Nawaz Sharif is a fore front runner as an example who built his forts outside Pakistan with HARAAM money. Another funny personality is Ch. Iftikhar, a burden on government economy, doing nothing and eating like a lost horse.

bkt
May 28, 2013 01:52pm

Unfortunately the courts ruled under the doctrine of necessity that Musharraf's coup was okay. Now if it is found to be illegal, then past martial laws will also be stricken down and all those cooperating with said Generals will stand guilty. These will include Nawaz Sharif. If Musharraf is found guilty then Nawaz Sharif too will have to face some music. Therefore we may assume this is just a political move behind which is nothing but hot air, unless of course Mr Sharif also wishes to share a cell with Mr Musharraf, which I doubt.

Aftab Nabi
May 28, 2013 02:24am
Look who is talking! Mr Tariq Azeem was Minister in Mr Pervez Musharraf's cabinet. And if memory serves me, he gave several statements justifying the overthrow of Mr Nawaz Sharif. Is he now willing to offer his neck too?
Pro Truth
May 28, 2013 02:26am
yea right! and Mr Azim how would you escape this while was an active part of that regime? another smoke screen, watch, see and read between the lines! PMLn will shy away from this issue altogether oh we would have charged him with treason but the caretakers let him go!
Amir
May 28, 2013 03:05am
Watch out Nawaz, Beware of the Army, learn from the Past! You will face the music Nawaz watch out. Geo Musharraf the great Pakistani President!
Tahseen Khan
May 28, 2013 03:10am
What about persuing a case againgt Nawaz Sharif for not following proper protrocol in firing a General - a general cnnot be fired while pout of the country and he has to be fired in person. But then Nawaz is a coward!
EmMoosa
May 28, 2013 03:16am
Look who is saying this. This guy was the part and parcel of Musharraf government. He immediately jumped into the PML-N after the fall of Musharraf regime. What a character?
EmMoosa
May 28, 2013 03:17am
A characterless person.
MJK
May 28, 2013 03:34am
Was n't this man one time Musharraf 's supporter ?
The_Truth
May 28, 2013 03:58am
Isn't this troll the same man who was in Musharraf's cabinet? Shouldn't HE also be charged with treason? Shouldn't the CJ also be charged? Bunch of lying hypocrites.
rajah
May 28, 2013 04:06am
Shame on you ? For got all the amenities you enjoyed under your previous master Musharaf.
GhostRider
May 28, 2013 04:19am
Mr. Azeem werent you in the political setup organised by Musharraf....How low can a you get, atleast have some self respect
Jamal
May 28, 2013 04:57am
Isn't iit funny that Tariq Azeem announcing PMLN intent and he himself was a minister in Musharraf government?
Abid
May 28, 2013 05:06am
First PML-N Senator Tariq Azeem should look all the corruptions including transferring the foreign exchange from public seized accounts. and invading the supreme court by Nawaz Sharif during his regime before doing any thing against Honorable Honest Pervaiz Musharaff.
Ahmed
May 28, 2013 05:47am
Pml better fix Pakistan .......and leave personal politics for qiamat. Let Pakistan live.
Hasan-SZ
May 28, 2013 06:00am
He was General Musharraf's Information Minister and defended him,his statements and speaches are on record. He should be summoned as a defence witness if and when the treason case is tried.
muzammil ullah khan
May 28, 2013 06:51am
This man Tariq Azim is a typical case of a man without a conscience and without any principles .
lfahfn
May 28, 2013 07:08am
It is quiet thick coming from Tariq, he enjoyed all that he could under him. No wonder Pakistan is in such a state of affairs, people jumping boats when they see fit, not keeping Pakistan's interest first. May we all see inwards first before we cast a stone on others. I do not see any one in Pakistan who has our Nations interest first. It is fact that will be clear soon.
NHM
May 28, 2013 07:56am
if such people are to set noon's policies then his comments are a prelude to what is going to follow next in the new Noon govt. settling of personal scores, political victimization and failure to tackle actual problems. and after the noon govt is kicked out on one pretext or the other, Mr. Azeem will join another political setup .
Khalid
May 28, 2013 08:16am
As usual PML-N's revenge policy will divert attetion of people from the real issues, but this time people have been so much depressed and annoyed and will not care whether Pervez Musharraf faces the trial or leave the country. PML-N should resolve the real issues of Energy crisis, poverty, education, health care and lot more, etc. Do not use now public exchequer levishly on bringing Musharraf to justice. Leave it up to the courts to decide. For God sake think of the masses once and try to provide them relief.
Fida Sayani
May 28, 2013 08:51am
Musharraf, Nawaz Sharif, Zardari or others are the true faces of Pakistan after the death of Mr. Jinnah, the only man of character Pakistan had. Question is who is going to prosecute whom, when most of the living Pakistanis have no ethical values. If Pakistanis truly believe in the ethic and values of Jinnah then all corrupt persons who are responsible for changing the destiny of Jinnah Pakistan be tried in the court of law and if proven guilty should be severely punished for their crimes. Long live Mr. Jinnah.
Muhammad Asif
May 28, 2013 09:08am
So, we have another fight in sight, that would be an entertainment to watch!! I thought, Nawaz Sharif and his government were to address loadshedding and economy.
Zahaib Nabeel
May 28, 2013 09:53am
Tariq was Information Minister during Musharraf tenure so he must be trialed as well if Musharraf has to be trialed under article 6 . As clause 2 of article 6 considers every one equally responsible for his actions and same plenty applies to them all . But I belive Musharraf Sb was best for Pakistan and he is also currently facing music due to his love for country else he would have enjoyed his life abroad .His actions we inline with article 5A of consituation . So if ever article 6 has to be imposed then it must be fair trail and all must be trialed without any discrimination including who sided Zia and Musharrarf or others.
M. Alvi
May 28, 2013 10:08am
I read all the comments, which are against Tariq Azeem and in favor of President Musharraf. In view of this, how come Pres. Musharraf is being kept in jail. No wonder, the country is in such a mess.
Nazir expat
May 28, 2013 01:05pm
Folks , you all are correct about Mr.Tariq Azeem. He is already a senator for PML-N. right. .Now my dear how many of you , or your fellow Pakistani voted for PML.. knowing well ,what kind of Party and leadership it is.. Without the PML nod . Tariq can become Senator.?. So please dont complain. You had choice to vote for PTI.. The seeds you have sowed. so shall you reap. I am expat. could not vote!
Jalaluddin S. Hussain
May 28, 2013 03:56pm
Please give priority to solving the basic problems of Pakistanis.