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Musharraf did not abrogate the constitution?

April 24, 2013

THIS is apropos Mr Zakerya Kazmi’s and Mr Azfar’s letters (April 14). I am aghast at their views. Kazmi mentioned that Musharraf did not abrogate the constitution; he imposed emergency like Indira Gandhi did.

May I remind him that emergency was imposed by Mrs. Gandhi after fierce countrywide opposition protests for her resignation after Ahmedabad High Court declared her win as null and void on the basis of electoral malpractices and use of state machinery.

One can’t draw similarities between the two emergencies. Musharraf himself admitted that he abrogated the constitution and the Supreme Court made a judgement too.

Mr Azfar said proper procedure was not adopted for removal of the then COAS Gen. Pervez Musharaf while in air travelling back to Pakistan with Mrs. Sehba Musharraf from Sri Lanka.

May I request him to quote any procedural error which states that COAS can’t be removed by the prime minister while he is in air or abroad?