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Govt to try Musharraf for treason, says Nisar

Updated Nov 17, 2013 07:12pm


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Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf. -File Photo
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf. -File Photo

ISLAMABAD: The government will try former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf for treason for imposing emergency rule in 2007, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said Sunday.

“Following the judgement of the Supreme Court and a report submitted by an inquiry committee, it has been decided to start proceedings against General Pervez Musharraf (for treason) under Article 6 of the Constitution,” Khan told a press conference televised live.

“It is happening for the first time in the history of Pakistan and the decision has been taken in the national interest,” Khan said.

The minister said the Supreme Court's Chief Justice would Monday receive a letter from the government requesting the setting-up of a tribunal of three high court judges to start proceedings against Musharraf for treason.

The government would also announce a special prosecutor on Monday.

Musharraf is already facing four major criminal cases dating back to his 1999-2008 rule, including one related to the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.

Last week he asked a court to let him leave the country to visit his sick mother in Dubai. The court was expected to rule on the application on Monday.

There have been rumours in recent months that a deal would be reached for Musharraf to leave Pakistan without going through with his trials.

Khan said that three thrice-elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's government had come to power five months ago and it had never demonstrated any “revengeful” gesture towards General Musharraf.

Musharraf overthrew the Sharif government in a bloodless military coup in October 1999, but a year later the Supreme Court validated the take over.

In November 2007 Musharraf imposed emergency rule, suspending the constitution and parliament and sacking top judges who declared his actions unconstitutional and illegal.

Musharraf technically became a free man this month when an Islamabad district court granted him bail over a deadly raid on a radical mosque in the capital in 2007.

His return to Pakistan in March was far from the triumphant occasion he had hoped for.

He was barred from contesting the general election, which was won convincingly by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the man he ousted from power in 1999, and was hit with a series of criminal cases dating back to his rule.

Apart from the mosque raid, he faces charges over Bhutto's murder at an election rally in 2007, the death of a Baluch rebel leader in 2006 and the detention of judges in 2007.

He was put under house arrest in April, an unprecedented move against a former army chief in a country where the military holds huge power.


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Zahid Ali Nov 17, 2013 06:55pm

If all the clauses of Article 6 are taken into consideration then 95% of our parliamentarians will be charged of treason. It seems Nawaz Shareef who once supported Gen ZIa has forgotten his past. Anyway it will be a very interesting case in the history of Pakistan.

ashar aneel Nov 17, 2013 06:58pm

Our politicians are jokers of the worst kind. As if this was the most important matter at this time. Rawalpindi is under curfew, people are going through toughest times and all interior minister has to tell the nation is that they are trying Mush for treason. I can confirm that nothing is going to happen. Before punishing Musharraf they

ashar aneel Nov 17, 2013 07:08pm

People of Pakistan: Now at least please understand that how incompetent people are in the government, distracting from the Pindi violence and putting it to Musharraf. Musharraf is a great man and he will be a great man. Ch. Nisar you have made a big mistake today just to distract people away from the actual issues but you won

Mohammad Baig Nov 17, 2013 07:04pm

To ensure Rule of Law is a dyeing business. It needs sacrifices.

Ejaz Nov 17, 2013 07:18pm

What is this? Tom and Jerry?

Ahsan Nov 17, 2013 07:28pm

Another drama about to begin which will again waste billions of OUR rupees! Resulting in nothing!!to save their own skins he will only be tried for 2007 imposition of emergency. Shame on the present and past politicians who are corrupt themselves!

Mohsin Saeed Khan Nov 17, 2013 07:28pm

Does not the Interior Minister have better things to do rather than remaining involved in personal vendetta of a person and a political party. Can the honorable minister tell us on record what is teh status of peace process with Taliban? What is the policy of disarming communities? What is the policy of ensuring security on borders? What is the policy of Naitonal Security POLICY and what steps has the government taken to root out corruption from police and other law enforcing agencies? When will the police protect the people and not the politicians? are the politicians more precious than an ordinary citizen? Can the interior minister answer this on record?

Raja Nov 17, 2013 07:30pm

Pakistani government is too busy in taking revenge, instead of working on more important things, they are spending too much time on personal revenges. C'mon, work on people's security and prosperity of country.

Mohammad Afzal Nov 17, 2013 07:27pm

What a waste of time, resources and above all of no purpose at all. In 6 years, Pakistan overseas loans have increased from 33 billions USD to above 70 billions, and rising very fast. Very soon more loans will be sought to pay what are already due.The poverty has risen 10 fold. No respect for law, rules, regulation left and who ever is stronger gets away with it. Regardless who is ruling, they are all good people of good brain. It is simply a question of ,are we fair to every body?, rich or poor and distribute our resources and wealth and justice equally to all. The answer is no. Some getting rich, other getting poor and society and nation as a whole disintegrating. Well, God help us, we will never learn and have not seen any thing in last 50 years which is different.

S Chaudhury Nov 17, 2013 07:32pm

This incompetent minister is trying to cover up his own negligence. What contribution he has made apart from bringing misery to every Pakistani citizen

asif khan Nov 17, 2013 07:45pm

this is all the nawaz sharif government is good for.

Ibrahim Nov 17, 2013 07:46pm

The Government needs to focus on resolving issues and challenges that the nation is facing! Things for which they were elected for. Cheap sensationalism will get them no where. These are diversionary tactics, whose only purpose is to divert the attention of the masses from the economic challenges the country is plagued with. One would have expected Mr Nisar, and the likes, to rise to the occasion, but perhaps it is expecting too much.

Freed Nov 17, 2013 07:59pm

Instead of this ridiculous witch hunt the current and past PPP governments should be the ones tried for gross corruption and incompetence which has not only severely compromised the future generations of Pakistan but put its very viability as a sovereign independent state in serious doubt. This is the real treason! Musharraf stands heads and shoulders above these clowns and an enlightened leader and an efficient administrator.

p r sharma Nov 17, 2013 08:00pm

So whether all personnel/ army generals ( retd) will be tried for treason in addition to Parvez Musharaff. ? Army is still very powerful in Pakistan and politicians can not afford to antagonize them. Any case against Musharraff will be an eye wash.

Ayaz Nov 17, 2013 08:15pm

Nisar needs to have courage to say a few words of condemnation to the Taliban for their evil activities.

Iqbal Nov 17, 2013 08:27pm

bus kar do.

fida sayani Nov 17, 2013 08:44pm

If this news of Musharaf treason trial turn out to be true than I believe Pakistan bad days are over and the country and its citizens are on their way to glory, which are achieved by the nation by taking daring and drastic steps. US civil war is one example.

a Nov 17, 2013 09:05pm

These are all attempts from Nawaz Sharif and PML to take revenge from Musharraf. Long live Musharraf. He is a true patriot of Pakistan.

Rauf Nov 17, 2013 09:11pm

Time will tell if the political institution is strong enough in Pakistan to take action against an army man. I'll keep my fingers crossed. By the way Pakistani are more interested for peace and security than trial of Musharaf. Controlling Taliban and their sympathizers from inside Pakistan is the most important thing Pakistanis are interested in.

Chishti99 Nov 17, 2013 09:34pm

Main Sahib: Please address the dire problems facing the country, education, economy, extremism, governance & corruption. Wasting resources on sham trials is just incompetent leadership. Everyone, forward thinking is what this nation needs.

Dr.M.M.Khan Nov 17, 2013 09:51pm

Here we go again. The former President is being chased from post to pillar! He has faced all the charges levelled against him with diginity. Now the interior minister contends that there is no "revengeful" act in play. May i ask why did the Govt. bring the charges now? The former president was due to request the courts to allow him to leave the country tomorrow. May i remind Musharraf never desired power and prestige but for Nawaz Shariff,s fatal error.

Ismail Suleman Nov 17, 2013 09:52pm

Nothing will happen to the brave commondo. All these cases are politically motivated inshallah musharraf will face all the cases with bravery and courage. We educated youth are with musharraf in all hard times and we hope to see him back in politics after these cases come to an end. such kind of things are a conspiracy to deviate the minds of people from national issues. May allah all mighty help and guide our leader ameen.

Tariq Nov 17, 2013 10:05pm

This is the best thing for Pakistan, it is rule of law which this country needs, and rule of law starts at the top, Just like in Chile, Brazil and Argentina, their econimies became good only after the Generals were tried and imprisoned

moral Nov 17, 2013 10:08pm

How unfair. Musharraf ousted a government that was brought in by hidden hands trough a massively rigged election. Not to say Musharraf is a good guy but NS government has no moral right to try Musharraf for treason. However, Musharraf must be tried for murder of politicians and attempting to get elected while in uniform.

Jalaluddin S. Hussain Nov 17, 2013 10:01pm

Although a military ruler, who came to power through unconstitutional means, General Musharraf did good work also, during his 9 long years of rule. He should therefore be allowed to visit his ailing mother, overseas, on compassionate grounds!

syed wasim haider Nov 17, 2013 10:14pm

Please fulfill your pre election promises rather than keeping the nation involved in Article 6 A, B, C etc. Pakistanis need peace, electricity, transparent placement of civil service officers and your Governments performance reports. I am sure if Pervaiz Musharraf is in power he can bring more foreign investors than the present government. He ran the government in a much better manner than the present regime, sorry to say but it is a fact.

Sharif Nov 17, 2013 10:35pm

Is shameful to start proceedings against Musharaf while the nation is bleeding. Total failure of Nawaz Govt. While Nawaz sharif is on Business trips abroad???

Naveed Akhtar Nov 17, 2013 10:42pm

I would take Musharaf over Nawaz Sharif, Zardari anytime. The biggest challenge facing Pakistan is extremism and Musharaf is the only leader that showed any inclination to tackle it when he was in charge.

Moiz Nov 17, 2013 10:52pm


Hemant Nov 17, 2013 11:09pm

Nawaz Shariff has got his timing right . Kayani is in retirement mode and the next in line in the Army will not want to rock the boat as the announcement of the next COAS is expected shortly .

Drrr Nov 17, 2013 11:24pm

Please stop getting after Musharraf and do something for the country. Since the day N-League has come to power they have just been focusing on Musharraf.

jamshed khan Nov 17, 2013 11:32pm

If Mr Nisar has any morality or shame left then him and his govt should put all energies on solving the awful law and order situation the country is facing today, instead of getting their own back in the power game, in which no one is clean.

Imran Nov 18, 2013 12:24am

If the Supreme court re-opens this case, it should also re-open the case where Nawaz Shareef ordered Musharaf's plane not to land risking the lives of approximately 200 people. Justice should be blind for everyone.

Aslam Khan Nov 18, 2013 12:37am

Shouldn't we be concentrating on solving basic issues of law & orders;electricity, water shortage, unemployment? I guess we will never learn.

wizarat Nov 18, 2013 12:38am

Chaudhary Sahib, you should try the Mullahs of Lal masjid, so called Maulvis Fazlullah, Mehsud, Munawar Hasan, and their cohorts and not Musharraf. It is a sham trial, Are you also going to try other Army chiefs and Justicis of the Supreme court who provided protection to all military takeovers of Pakistan, or just the last one. Remember Nawaz and Shahbaz sharif protect the ASWJ leaders and those are terrorist too.

CCTV cameras were disconnected, You had a war in rawalpindi, I do not see any heads that rolled yet?

Asif Nov 18, 2013 01:00am

And the witch hunt continues.............

Shahid Nov 18, 2013 01:41am

How can you forget the important issues and run after Musharraf who actually washed your sins when you were about to ruin the country.

Dont you know the country is crippled because of transport strike, you are in Sri Lanka taking about good government.

The whole country was happy to see you go including your own people distributing sweets, we want to see once more, please dont make us fool any more pay attention to the current problems Musharraf is not leaving catch him later,

Najeeb ullah Nov 18, 2013 01:44am

I could understand two reason for this petition 1. Govt had a deal to make to send Musharraf abroad , which he refused, Now they are afraid and want to keep him engaged 2. Govt trying to divert the media attention about the failure of govt in Rawalpindi incident

optimist Nov 18, 2013 01:57am

The government cannot try Musharraf for the 2007 violation of the constitution, eventually the 1999 military take-over will come to surface. If it is a free a fair trail the government stands no chance fo a conviction.

syba Nov 18, 2013 02:31am

PMLN knows how to distract nation from disasters .. To distract ppl from pindi incident. Planning to launch new drama serial. I dont know how many episodes long :)

Me Nov 18, 2013 03:31am

Here you go. To distract the country from all the mess that it is going through under current leadership including corruption and unfulfilled promises, they come up with this new drama. Braov!

Naeem Nov 18, 2013 03:49am

The government has to focus on solving problem instead of this witch hunt

pathanoo Nov 18, 2013 04:14am

I am NO Defender of General Musharraf. I ABSOLUTELY believe in Democracy. But didn't the Supreme Court, as confirmed here in the article, validated that take over of Nawaz Shairf's Government. So, if you prosecute Musharraf for the crime of forcibly taking over the Government; how could you NOT prosecute the Supreme Court Justices who validated that take over? How would you NOT prosecute all the bureaucrats and the politicians who later joined Musharraf's administration? Pakistan has existential problems and you are futsing around with Musharraf? No wonder Pakistan is such a mess.

habib Nov 18, 2013 04:37am


Riaz Nov 18, 2013 04:49am

Another biggest mistake of Nawaz Sharif's life. This mistake will cost him to be ousted again by Army. Musharraf took the right decision in national interest to oust NS in his previous term. Corruption runs in Sharif family. I just hope that Army would not repeat the mistake that Musharraf did last time i.e. letting the Sharif brothers go to Saudia after the Coup. This time if the coup happens ... then please hang Sharif brothers without a trial. This will clean up the nation of atleast two corrupt leaders!

Shahid Nov 18, 2013 05:52am

Government should not be involved in "point making" business against its opposition. Punishing someone should be left to department of Justice.

Bullying creates a biased environment and leave no room of Justice for defendant

May Allah protect us all for Evil and Corrupt rulers... ameen

Syed Nov 18, 2013 06:11am

When Musharraf was heading government, there was all out praise in assemblies, media. Economy was robust, industrial and commercial activities could be seen every where. Unemployment rate was down and law and order in most part of the country was under control. Only mistake he made was to alienate Taliban and allow America and NATO forces to attack Al Qaida and Taliban in Afghanistan. He should have tolerated few Indian, American and NATO missiles to strikes before surrendering to America to convince Pakistanis.

khan Nov 18, 2013 06:17am

You have been saying it for a long time,if you want to do it.Then do it.Don't repeat it again after few months.We are tired of hearing same thing again and again from you all politicians.

Naeem Nov 18, 2013 06:49am

The government should solve problems of terrorism, corruption and lawlessness instead of wasting time on this witch hunt.

Hanif Bhaty Nov 18, 2013 12:12pm

there are no possibilities to try musharraf under article 6 and supreme court has nothing to do with it since its a matter of high court. musharraf is an honest , sincere and dedicated pakistani and he gave this country not like the present rulers. except ayub khan and musharraf no one stood sincere with the country.

Shah Kaleem Nov 18, 2013 12:38pm

Long Live Musharraf! Long Live Pakistan!

khanjee Nov 18, 2013 02:23pm

What an irony. The same people who are against totalitarian rule which taliban's are trying to impose on us are sympathetic to a dictator who did everything in his power to undermine constitution for his rule. The same taliban sympathizer were brought through NRO by the same sincere person.

Yeah he is brave. Decided the fate of the country on a single call (brave cowboy).

Yawar Nov 19, 2013 12:22am

Does the government have nothing positive to do for the country than to take revenge?

Yawar Nov 19, 2013 12:25am

Under Musharraf, Pakistan's economy had flourished as it had done under Ayub Khan. PML-N, why are you ignoring the thousands of terrorists, killers and hate mongers roaming free in the country, and going after one man who was not corrupt and gave Pakistan the best economy? Is this the best you can do?

Ahmed Nov 20, 2013 11:12pm

What happened to the cases against all other politicians. How come all the politicians are becoming rich and the general populations becoming poor?