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A photograph posted on Sunday by retired Gen Pervez Musharraf on his Facebook page just hours before the announcement by the government that it has decided to initiate his trial under Article 6 shows the former military ruler relaxing with two of his associates. The caption posted along with the picture read: "I was happy to see Raza(L), my International Spokesperson, and Shahzad, my point if contact in Canada, in my house in Islamabad.PM".
A photograph posted on Sunday by retired Gen Pervez Musharraf on his Facebook page just hours before the announcement by the government that it has decided to initiate his trial under Article 6 shows the former military ruler relaxing with two of his associates. The caption posted along with the picture read: "I was happy to see Raza(L), my International Spokesperson, and Shahzad, my point if contact in Canada, in my house in Islamabad.PM".

ISLAMABAD: A spokesman for former military ruler retired Gen Pervez Musharraf has termed the government’s decision to initiate his treason trial under Article 6 “a vicious attempt to undermine the Pakistani military”.

“We not only forcefully reject these charges, but also view them as a vicious attempt to undermine the Pakistani military. It is also a botched attempt by the government to temporarily take the focus away from existential threats faced by Pakistan,” said Dr Raza Bokhari, international spokesman and North American point of contact for Gen Musharraf, in a statement.

“We view with grave suspicion the timing of the announcement by the Taliban sympathetic Nawaz government to initiate treason proceedings against former president Musharraf,” he said. Moreover, he said, it was “unfortunate” that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was “obsessed by politics of personal vendetta” and was “criminalising the lawful acts of the Musharraf government”.

He said Gen Musharraf had declared a state of emergency on Nov 3, 2007, and held in abeyance certain sections of the constitution in exercise of powers vested in him by Article 232 of the Constitution.

“He took this much needed action to reform an activist segment of the judiciary and augment security operations against extremists and terrorists who were wreaking havoc in Pakistan.”

The spokesman further said it was important to note that the former president had acted after unanimous advice of the then prime minister, governors of all the four provinces, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, chiefs of the armed forces, vice-chief of the army staff and the corps commanders of the Pakistan Army.

“It is also extremely important to remember that former president Musharraf also lifted the state of emergency on Dec 15, 2007, and fully restored the constitution,” he added.

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ahmed Nov 18, 2013 08:36am

The usurper is hiding behind the military. Pakistan should do what other countries like Turkey, Argentina, and Chile that were also plagued by military generals have done, namely hold a trial and then put the ex-dictator behind bars.

Tanzeel Ahmad Nov 18, 2013 10:15am

Ch. Nisar should try his level best to fix country's ruining situation to avoid another emergency.

karim Nov 18, 2013 10:09am

Yesterday whatever was said by Mr. Nisar Interior Minister, it was only to divert attention of media and people of Pakistan from grave issue of extremism and terrorism and to overlap the incident of Rawalpindi.

Naseer Nov 18, 2013 10:30am

What an irony. Those who are sympathetic to terrorists are filing treason charges against the only person who is sincere to the country and brave.

immortal_soloist Nov 18, 2013 12:43pm

This government is a failure already,they need to cut out this nonsense instead of distracting the entire nation so that their attention is diverted from the failures of this current government.

Long life Pervez Musharraf.

sad Nov 18, 2013 01:02pm

every patriotic pakistani is sad hearing this.

lkhan Nov 18, 2013 01:42pm

this would not be a trial against the military which is a misleading accusation, but against an individual who allegedly went against the constitution of the country. He ought not to get away with impunity. Let the judges decide upon the evidence whether he broke the law of the nation.

zohaib gumani Nov 18, 2013 02:48pm

Sir mushraf I love u....boht khawish hay ap say Milan..par afsoos is Pakistani qoom par in logon ko achay insan ki qadar ni hay...I love u sir mushraf

Amir Nov 18, 2013 03:08pm


Seriously? You still do not see as a personal vendetta being run in the name of the nation?? Yoyu still see this as a bigger priority than terrorism, power shortages, kidnapping, rapes, sectarian killings, diminishing economy, eroding rupee...?? a country where Asif Zardari was a unanimously elected president for 5 years, a terrorist is declared a martyr, the terrorist harbourer from Lal Masjid walks scot free, the rich can murder and be pardoned. Isnt there a stronger case for Nawaz and his minions to be tried for treason for 1) disrepute brought to Pakistan and subsequent damage to economy through reneging on a sovereign guarantee? 2) iIllegally transferring precious dollars and amassing personal assets of over one hundred million dollars (in the UK alone) ? 3) inviting proclaimed terrorists and murderers of Pak citizens and soldiers to 'discussions'?

Cowboy Nov 18, 2013 04:50pm

Love mush

Rafi Ahmed Nov 18, 2013 05:18pm

I love you

Muzaffar Iqbal Nov 18, 2013 06:22pm


Sohaeb Nov 18, 2013 06:33pm

Musharraf is the only patriotic leader who has the solution for Pakistan's problems. Govt is playing Article 6 dirty game just to divert the attention of media and people from chaos happening in country to this meaningless trial.

Muhammad Bhayya Nov 18, 2013 09:22pm

I love you Sir.....! Allah Bless You because you have mother's Dua.

Muhammad Bhayya Nov 18, 2013 09:16pm

Sir I love you...! Allah Bless you because you have mother's Dua.....!!!

khaliqsharif Nov 19, 2013 01:14am

@lkhan: emphasized textMy simple question is "How Chief of Army Staff can be tried for "TREASON"

khaliqsharif Nov 19, 2013 01:10am

How elections conducted by P-Musharraf validated !Why Zardari took oath by a person whom you call a traitor !

Cowboy Nov 19, 2013 04:38am

I would say that "what a irony? The same people who are against totalitarian rule of TTP (which they and their supporters are trying to impose on us) are supporting a Dictator." Secondly, the same patriot dictator (to extend his ruling period) brought these leaders (through NRO) whom we consider traitors or whatsoever. Finally, the same brave General/Dictator allowed American to do whatever they wanted to do on a single call from Washington. Indeed, a very patriotic, brave and democratic General we had. Kudos..!!

afraz minhas Nov 19, 2013 09:09am

sir we love you. sir we are with are a very brave person.we are proud of you.inshallah you will succes your aim. my and my famly with you.......

KhanChengezKhan Nov 19, 2013 11:39am

Nawaz Sharif has selected a wrong direction towards opening of Musharraf Case. Nawaz himself has to face lot of criminal and financial charges by looting billions of rupees bringing Pakistan into low profile country. We must have to look into his properties comparing to past and present that he and his families have now. Raiwind looks a separate state of Nawaz Sharif and his families in between the state of Pakistan.

KhanChengezKhan Nov 19, 2013 11:41am

@afraz minhas: Your dream will never become true. All of them are the robers of Pakistan.

syed Nov 20, 2013 01:34pm

@Cowboy: so please ask your beloved politicians to fix all the bad things done by dictator. 5 years gone with the previous government only they were crying on his actions but nothing was done. Same has been followed by this government so please open your eyes. You ppl are just played by these politicians .

bilal Nov 20, 2013 02:59pm

i feel really sorry....!

Cowboy Nov 21, 2013 04:36am

@syed: I would rather ask my beloved countrymen to realize the meaning of a true democracy and its favorable effects on the society. Rather, we have been played by these dictators to think of them as a Messiah; who claim they have done everything for the sake of the country but contrary to that they have only harmed our national interest to protect their personal interests.

We have not learnt anything from the history of past dictators who ruled this country for more than any politician did and yet we only blame the politician for all the wrong-doings. Indeed, we don't have any politician about whom we can say that he/she will solve all the problems of the country but this is an evolution process and if we follow this democratic process then we will reach a point in time where we will have a true people's leader.

p.s. btw please enlighten me on how dictators have solved all of our problems?

Aajiz Nov 21, 2013 08:39pm

@Cowboy: Excellent views Shah Sahab...

Aajiz Nov 21, 2013 08:50pm

@KhanChengezKhan: I don't agree. No one even Musharaf regime could prove anything misappropriation ..

BKH Nov 21, 2013 09:29pm

As a citizen of another country, different culture and language, I put the two main questions to Government of Pakistan.

1.The main issue is When General Musharraf disposed Nawaz Sharif's Government was his action subsequently endorsed by the Pakistan Parliament. If " yes". Prima facie he has no case to answer

  1. When he suspended the constitution was it done as the Army Chief of Staff or the President of Pakistan. I understand Pakistan Constitution has provisions that the President could suspend the Constitution at his discretion. If the above is correct than again he has no case to answer