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Former president, Retired Gen Pervez Musharraf. — File Photo
Former president, Retired Gen Pervez Musharraf. — File Photo

LAHORE, May 15: Retired Gen Pervez Musharraf, who is being tried in a number of cases of serious nature and detained at his Chak Shahzad farmhouse sub-jail, will leave the country before the swearing-in of the new government, says PML-Z chief and MNA-elect Ijazul Haq.

Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, Mr Haq said his party would support the PML-N in formation of the new government at the centre.

The PML-Z leader, who won the NA-191 Bahawalnagar seat, said he had taken the decision in national interest.

Mr Haq, who also contested from NA-190 but lost to PML-N’s Tahir Bashir Cheema, accused his rival of poll rigging and said he would move the Election Commission of Pakistan.

In reply to a question about Gen Musharraf’s future, he said the former president would leave the country before the new government took charge in Islamabad.

Comments (24) Closed May 16, 2013 07:56am

Lot of people are disappointed with how Pakistan dealt with Musharraf, and have lost sympathy with the country. I am one of them. Stupidity prevails in Pakistan.

ram May 16, 2013 09:11am

Great and tall ....unfit to stay with with pigmies

Tahir May 16, 2013 09:22am

I wonder why...

Ghalib Khan May 16, 2013 09:30am

If this guys father had left the country early most of the problems Pakistan is facing will be Non -existence

Ahmed May 16, 2013 09:53am

Ijazul Haq is confirming release of Pervaiz Musharraf which means our Supreme Court judges are just playing a drama. Musharraf is above the law while Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged to death by Ijazul Haq's father. This is the difference between a civilian and army man in Pakistan so how justice can exist. It reflects that army do not want rule of law.

MHAnsari May 16, 2013 10:08am


What a pity. What a nation we are. Why do we scrap the people after they show and prove their maturity? Why don't we capitalize on the experience and intellect of our ex-leaders? Musharraf (for a few) may be the most disliked person in Pakistan, like Bhutto. But can anyone claims or showed its potentials as a statesman in today's politics like Musharraf? You may disagree with his policies, you may scrap his actions, and ask for article six. Then again the question still remains there, did no one else in Pakistan made the same kind of mistakes? Was military rule never imposed here? Did judges and lawyers were never involved in supporting the military rules? Did theory of necessity was not created by the lawyers and endorsed by the judges in Pakistan? Were any of those ever got punished? If not, then why only the best brains of Pakistan, like Bhutto and Musharraf do always become target of Lilliputians of Pakistani politics and religion, and so-called civil society?


Can someone see any resemblance in the forces who propagated against these two brilliant sons of Pakistan?

zia khan May 16, 2013 10:56am

Not so soon. Times have changed

N K Ali May 16, 2013 11:15am

So, the 'Chala Huwa Kartoos' rides again. Fly, fly, fly awaaaay!!! Salams

Aftab Kenneth Wilson May 16, 2013 11:21am

I personally feel that General (retd) should be allowed to leave the country. All this is in the interest of the land and top brass including those in the mufti (civilians/judges). Opening a lethal Pandora Box will take us all back to square one. Now move forward from all types of revenge.

wazdan May 16, 2013 11:37am

All the troubles of Pakistan was started by his father Zia. who created Mqm , kill the popular leader of pakistan. bring the Kalashnikov culture to country.then tried & use Islam for his dictatorship.Now his son who should have hanged by ppp peoples is taking part in pak politics.has no right to say in favour of criminal dictator like has father.the constituency who elected him should not have vote him.if they are real Pakistani.

Rashid Sultan May 16, 2013 01:17pm

Leave Mushy alone and let him live in peace in Pakistan.

Krishna May 16, 2013 02:01pm

Poor Musharaff thought that he will come back to Pakistan from exile, and win a landslide election victory and then become the Prime Minister of Pakistan.. this time legally. But he forgot that he became president by illegally dismissing a democratically elected government by the people of Pakistan. One simple question to Musharaff, if he didn't beleive in democracy and elections in 1999 then how come he is believing in elections and democracy in 2013..Fact is fact, once a dictator always a dictator..

Jeffers May 16, 2013 03:05pm

Its the history of Pakistan, in supporting these kind of criminals to get away with it. Our political establishment will never now how to hold your head up high in the international society. Pakistan is the 8th most corrupt country in the world, makes a mockery of Islam and its pillars. Allows uneducated to rule over the educated, as they are asleep working towards being westernised; economy is in disarray and people bribe their way through everything.

Dr. M. Amin May 16, 2013 04:23pm

Being former President of Pakistan, Musharraf deserves all courtesies and considerations due to him., but how come he will be allowed to leave Pakistan without subjecting him to retributive justice for his omissions and commissions

Muhammad Farooq May 16, 2013 04:55pm

what??? what happens to court cases against him?

mohammad shafique May 16, 2013 05:30pm

if the new government is going to let a criminal like musharraf go they might as well declare a general amnesty and free all prisoners in pakistans jails

abdussamad May 16, 2013 05:40pm

who says he can go! is Mr. Haq the judge of Musharraf's case? Musharraf must be held accountable and appear in court for cases against him. once he is acquitted, he can then leave as he would be a freeman. if convicted, he must face the punishment.

Shaikh Mohommd May 16, 2013 06:04pm

This news is very disturbing. Surely the law should take its due course. Are the generals above law?

babaji May 16, 2013 06:31pm

But he should not be allowed to do so. Trials should finish and verdicts should be announced.

SALMAN AZIZ May 16, 2013 08:04pm

Musharraf is facing serious charges. He should be behind bars and not allowed to leave the country. No one should be given preferential treatment. Is it only the poor who are jailed in Pakistan??

Aamir Khan May 16, 2013 08:34pm

Well, if Musharaf goes aboad, it will be a big slap on the judiciary. I do not think Judiciary is so weak that they will let him fly off. And if it happens then new govt will be a big looser and fight with Judiciary will start immediately.

Assad May 16, 2013 09:14pm

I think given the circumstances, this is the best thing for General Musharraf. He has been a patriot who certainly made mistakes, but nobody is perfect. He will always be remembered as a patriot and if he leaves, he will leave with dignity without being found guilty in any of the courts of law. It was gutsy of him to come back and face the charges against him, however the political landscape is not conducive to him operating here in a political capacity as he will always be threatened by the militancy and may not get a level playing field on the political side, at least for another 5 years, given his arch nemesis will be in power.

I wish the General well and hope he is allowed to retire with dignity.

Majid May 17, 2013 10:00am

If Mr. Musharraf should be prosecuted for his past actions in the office then why are we electing political leaders who committed worse crimes while they were in the office? Pakistan needs to go forward and maintain dignity and respect for all those leaders who served our nation. Some of these leaders made mistakes while in the office and failed to come to our expectation. They did their best and our system forced them out. We need to put our differences behind us and move forward with the newly elected leaders and look forward to the new beginning. Living in USA, I am amazed in this two party system; they have sharp differences in ideology and yet once new government is formed, the previous leader goes away with dignity and respect. I like to see our leaders to be respected inside and outside Pakistan. Once they complete their term in office, they should use their influence to do good for the nation bringing investment into Pakistan. I wanted Imran Khan to be elected and not a recycle politician. However, people have spoken and now we have to respect the will of people and support our newly elected leaders all the way.

Zakaria May 17, 2013 06:51pm

Ijaz has no right to speak about Musharraf. He should have deflected the question as he is not in a position to know. As far as Musharraf is concerned everywhere I go I meet more people who respect him than otherwise - because his tenure was 10 times better than the politicians who run the country now. Sure he broke maybe 5% of the constitution but show me which PPP/PMLN gov't did not manipulate the constitution for their own benefit as well? All the cases brought against him are by lawyers who are motivated by vengeance. Except the Bugti case, not a single case is lodged by an affected party. None of the cases have merit technically and would have been thrown out by any just court. But his cases are specifically being heard by judges who have special interest in him and it is a complete mockery of justice.