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Former military ruler retired Gen Pervez Musharraf. — File Photo
Former military ruler retired Gen Pervez Musharraf. — File Photo

ISLAMABAD: A group of military officers protested on Friday against what they called humiliating treatment being meted out to former military ruler retired Gen Pervez Musharraf.

A delegation of 75 officers from Command and Staff College, Quetta, led by Col Saqib Ali Cheema, met Chairman of the Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production Mushahid Hussain Sayed at the Parliament House and expressed concern over the arrest of the former president.

“The military officers were of the opinion that under the constitution the armed forces could not be criticised,” the source said.

Senator Hussain agreed with the views of the military officers and said: “We are all proud of professionalism of our armed forces and in the constitution judiciary and armed forces are national institutions which should not be subject to any kind of criticism.”

He told Dawn that the officers had asked him if there was anything in the constitution which allowed anyone to humiliate any institution. He said he had told them that the constitution had no provision to let any institution or any person humiliate any other institution.

Gen Musharraf returned to the country on March 23 to take part in active politics and contest the May 11 elections, but his nomination papers were rejected from the four constituencies selected by him. He is also facing two cases -- detention of judges in 2007 and assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto -- and has been detained in his Chak Shahzad farmhouse which has been declared a sub-jail.

Senator Hussain praised the role of the armed forces and said valiant men in khaki were rendering tremendous sacrifices in the war against terrorism and extremism and fighting the battle for the country. “Pakistan today is a vibrant democracy and there are multiple power centres playing an effective role in strengthening democracy and democratic traditions in the country,” he was quoted as saying at the meeting.

It may be mentioned that some retired military generals have also criticised the way Gen Musharraf is being treated.

During the meeting with military officers, Senator Hussain talked about the proactive role being played by the upper house, including policymaking in areas of defence and on defence-related issues. The Senate, he said, was a representative body of all federating units and its role had become very curial in this regard.

An animated question-answer session followed the briefing and souvenirs were exchanged. Some of the questions were about civilian vision of civil-military relations and national defence strategy.

The military officers asked why education had not been given top priority in policymaking and what were the reasons for lack of legislation about terrorism.

Senator Hussain said: “Unfortunately certain sections of political elites did not see education as top priority.”

About the lack of legislation to curb terrorism he said it was up to the legislature, government and judiciary, but unfortunately parliament had failed on this front.

Comments (69) Closed

Khurram Khan Apr 27, 2013 08:40am

He should be treated like any other Alleged Criminal. I think he a lot to answer to this Nation. Army officers' concern is not right - since he seems to be treated with established rules and laws.

FN Apr 27, 2013 08:42am

The army officers should know and understand that criticism of a person is not the same as criticizing an institution.

May Allah help us, if Musharraf reflects each and every army officer and jawan.

Dilawer Apr 27, 2013 08:50am

If the arrest is a result of personal vendetta than the case against Gen. Musharruf should be purged out right away. Handing down judgement on loan defaulters and those who are involved in Tax evasion is more important than going after a retired general.

Agha Ata Apr 27, 2013 08:58am

I think there is a lot more to this that meets the eye otherwise the senator wouldn't have talked the way he did. But I hope that that doesn't mean that Musharraf made no mistakes. And incidentally, the impression that the army takes away all the money that could be used for education of the masses also seems to be wrong. Who is to blame now?

Shahid Apr 27, 2013 09:08am

Supreme Court has lost their popularity in recent days trying to settling personal scores. Army must intervene and teach lesson to these groups called lawyers. PPP did not obey several orders of SC but still were not punished.

malik Apr 27, 2013 09:21am

Where were they when Bhutto was hanged and where were they when mr. sharif was incarcerated?

Razi Apr 27, 2013 09:24am

No one is critisizing the army. It is Mush who is being tried as a person not the as an army personnel. Trial should continue. If not then let free all the criminals from jail and close the courts.

Mohammad Farooq Apr 27, 2013 09:28am

Why should he be above the law.

zack Apr 27, 2013 09:30am

Wow Wow Wow,,,,,, Gladiator in the making, A SSG soldier can not be non patroit to country at all, There moto is to die for country. And This Guy was comaander for SSG, for God Sake. He fought two wars. Give a space man.

Zia Apr 27, 2013 09:43am

This seems to be ending up with something serious in the coming days. Who is behind all this machination. Who is funding the Judiciary which has emboldened them so much that they are taking extra judicial steps. This CJ will be in serious trouble who is manipulating from behind the scene. This is shameful and disrespect of the Judicial process - why he absolved his corrupt son??

Khalil Apr 27, 2013 09:44am

Musharraf i no more in Army. He is now a politician. If Army officers are protesting it is evident that he still has support from Army although he is now politician???? Where were these Army officers when a serving Chief Justices was asked to resign. Musharraf is now a politician. Support from Army is ridiculous.

Khalil Apr 27, 2013 09:45am

Musharraf i no more in Army. He is now a politician. If Army officers are protesting it is evident that he still has support from Army although he is now politician???? Where were these Army officers when a serving Chief Justices was asked to resign. Musharraf is now a politician. Support from Army is ridiculous.

munnaf Apr 27, 2013 10:04am

Its time that army took over the running of Pakistan.

george Apr 27, 2013 10:30am

Shame on you people for making a mockery of your "vibrant" democracy by trying and humiliating General Musharraf--perhaps the VERY BEST leader in Pakistan's turbulent history. You deserve leaders like Zardari and Nawaz Sharif! I would love to find out how you're doing 1 year from now under those two.

Master Apr 27, 2013 10:56am

How many Muslim countries have democratic government like Western democracies? How many Muslim countries have corrupt rulers? In the name of democracy, extremists have found reasons to humiliate Pakistan forces - Musharraf/Army. Thanks to civilian government, today extremists are very strong and openly punishing anyone against their ideology. Will Taliban sympathizers be forming next government in Pakistan? Not sure why current command of Pakistan forces are horizontal who cannot defend one of their own retired General from corrupt and extremists institutions in Pakistan.

pakistani Apr 27, 2013 11:00am

Pakistan has truly become banana republic because of military officers like these.

Shakir Hussain Apr 27, 2013 11:24am

Heartening to see the disciplined manner in which the officers conveyed their concerns. Senate's floor has been used by the vindictive members/politicians to win public support and sympathy for their leaders. And they have only managed to employ half truths and distorted facts to paint former COAS a convict:Depressing state of affairs in the Senate! Pakistan Zindabad!

Jalal Apr 27, 2013 11:24am

You come into public service You get to trialed by public. No exceptions, Army background or not.

Omer Irfan Kayani Apr 27, 2013 11:38am

Now that serving and retired military officers are behind Musharraf,politicos should not humiliate him any further,otherwise they should expect a coup rather than elections.

Omer Irfan Kayani Apr 27, 2013 11:37am

Now that serving and retired military officers are behind Musharraf,politicos should not humiliate him any further,otherwise they should expect a coup rather than elections.

TamzaK Apr 27, 2013 11:47am

Retd Genl Musharraf is NOT now in the armed forces. The stance by these military 'officers' (who I hope are retired) is laughable. By suggesting that ""The military officers were of the opinion that under the constitution the armed forces could not be criticised,

well wisher Apr 27, 2013 12:18pm

Where were these officers when Musharraf was humiliating Pakistan and Islam, - jaisa kerey ga waisa bharay ga.

N Apr 27, 2013 12:39pm

Army should support Musharraf to avoid any ill treatment or revenge acts by the hand of those, who hate him for the personal reasons or on ideological ground.

Ahmed bin Babar Apr 27, 2013 01:18pm

Such kind of career nepotism shall only harm the very existence of Pakistan. No one is over and above the state Constitution. The national armed forces should not be used as a jumping board for the power hungry and adventurous generals

Ahmed j Apr 27, 2013 01:39pm

Col Cheema from the most prestigious institution of the Pakistan Army, Staff College, must concentrate on the failures of Kargil War under Musharaf. He has to argue why not yet such a paper released for the betterment of the Army. He must also concentrate on the reality of missing persons and everyone knows who is to be blamed. He must also know that using courts is not victimisation.

Zain Apr 27, 2013 01:56pm

Why this news paper is not printing my comments, which are very within the guidelines and expression over politically charges on Pervaiz Musharaff. Media who claimed to be the ray of hope for the freedom of speech, itself muzzling the voices of the people. This blatant double standard doesn

AMK Apr 27, 2013 02:24pm

Musharraf is not a man, not an institution, and a criminal at that, he subverted the constitution, overthrew an elected government only because he as a person was being fired. It is he who put himself higher than an institution. He should pay for that.

AMK Apr 27, 2013 02:25pm

Musharraf is not a man, not an institution, and a criminal at that, he subverted the constitution, overthrew an elected government only because he as a person was being fired. It is he who put himself higher than an institution. He should pay for that.

H Khan Apr 27, 2013 02:39pm

The good senator should have informed the young men that under the constitution no one was above the law.

Shaikh Mohommd Apr 27, 2013 03:24pm

No one is above law. The Military and other institutions should abide by the Constitution. Punishment should be meted out to those who ignore and violate the Constitution of Pakistani

Sid Apr 27, 2013 04:21pm

Why should any institution be above critisism ? Especially one which is non elected but financed by the tax payer ? This is strange demand. And Pakistani army , after three coups , cannot ever demand to be not criticised .

akram Apr 27, 2013 04:51pm

how many other countries military's could dare to utter such words?

El Cid Apr 27, 2013 05:14pm

khalid sheikh Apr 27, 2013 07:24pm


M. K. Sufi Apr 27, 2013 09:11pm

All citizens of Pakistan are patriotic. Each and everyone is doing his/her bit for the Country in whatever way one possibly could. Each of us has our area of responsibility as an individual and as in institution, going by the rules. If anyone overstreches his/her jurisdication that puts everything out of order. In any case no one should undermine anyone be it forces or civilians. Institutions should be respected. None is superior to other so long he/she is performing as per the duties for which he/she was appointed. In the early Islamic period there was no regular army all able bodied men fought for Islam. Jung Badar is one example. For better understanding, conscription should be introduced for everyone between the age of 18 to 25 years, including girls. The girls could opt for social services such as nursing, education in rural areas. The citizens would be more disciplined. In the time of need, the army would have trained personals, available. I hope the gentlemen in the forces would not react, if one of their collegues is under investigation. Situation is not same everytime and everyone should be accountable to the law.

Enam Apr 27, 2013 10:51pm

Shahaan Apr 27, 2013 10:54pm

We are all with you Musharraf.....god bless you.

riaz ul hassan Apr 27, 2013 11:37pm

Pervaz Musharaf should be given respect and should be allowed to go to meet his mother who is ill. He is a brave man as he said he will face all cases in courts. God bless him.

Yemeen Zuberi Apr 28, 2013 12:35am

'The military officers asked, why education had not been given top priority in policy-making?' a sentence from the upper report. The answer is that because one after the other military dictatorships did not allow a political culture to develop. It is not the top leadership that makes policies, it is the lower strata that demand policies, and they can make demands if they have a political training.

muhammad asim shehzad Apr 28, 2013 01:20am

Sir General Musharaf is over ex-president and ex Army chief so we shouldn't treat him like this he was a brave man he had sacrifice for our country for our nation . the way he lead our army and our nation as a president no one in our country can lead this country like him so these are political agendas against our hero we will not let anybody to treat him like that .... he was a brave man , one man army who spent a whole night in Indian territory during war ... in his government every Pakistan was progressing in every field he was a great leader i should say who make Pakistan a better place to live... i salute General Musharaf and condemn brutal behave against our hero

mazhar Apr 28, 2013 02:22am

this is not correct,,, no protest was made in fact question was asked from the senator and media has come out with protest..

Fazal karim Apr 28, 2013 03:50am

Pakistan army must show maturity and professionalism at all times no matter how hard it is. They should be keeping their eagle eye on the borders rather than mingling with politicians. Let matters in the court dealt with by the court. Thats the only way in the best interest of Pakistan.

Ahmed Moiz Apr 28, 2013 04:56am

These Pak Army officers, who are protesting against the behavior of Pakistani people, media, and civil society, take their ex chief with them and move out of Pakistan forever. For God sake when we, as Pakistani Nation, going to learn that army has nothing to do to run the country.

Syed Apr 28, 2013 05:49am

Subject: MUSHARRAF No doubt that many things can be termed as

Reader Apr 28, 2013 12:52pm

I am wondering which institution humiliated which one...!!! Or was it institution or some people in the institutions.

It was the Musharraf who had detained Judges...!!!

aqdas Apr 28, 2013 01:13pm

What are serving military officers doing talking about politics anyway?Dont remind us of the constitution observe your oath that you took at military school that you will NOT indulge in politics!!!!!

Whatever happens he is a citizen of Pakistan and need i remind our officers all are equal in the eyes of law.So Gentlemen stop throwing tantrums and kindly do your job we require nothing more from you.

Humera Iram Apr 28, 2013 05:08pm

Haven't everyone else faced same kind of treatment from Musharraf in his era? Were they able to gather a delegation for protests at that time?

I love Pakistan forces, all reputable Institutions and people of my country and this world, I strongly believe that everyone should get a fair and equal level of treatment. If something is wrong for me it is for others as well. Equality is the best policy.

Khan of Kalabagh Apr 28, 2013 10:37pm

Wrongly reported version of the whole episode, i would request the DAWN group to seek the clarification from the ISPR regarding this incident

Gohar Apr 29, 2013 02:10am

I am against such revenge of persons of different institutions.

Javed Apr 29, 2013 01:38pm

Bringing an individual to justice is not equivalent to humiliating an institution. If we fail to bring the powerfuls under the law we will fail as a nation and we might end up in a disaster. Military should encourage Judiciary rather than fight against it.

Ayaz Hussain Soomro Apr 29, 2013 05:00pm

What ever happen after the court decision at least one thing is very clear that he is the man born for the nation. we love him lot and we never leave him alone. love u sir Pervez Mushrraf.

ahmad nisar Apr 29, 2013 09:47pm

i think this is unlawfull act and should be immediately come to end and release him with respect.

Abdul Malik Apr 30, 2013 01:21am

I believe Pakistan Judiciary is doing a good job of pushing Pakistan diverting Pakistan back to Military rule. I was under the impression the Judges will serve the honest justice and will stay away from revenge and politics. In average Pakistani's opinion. Honorable, Ex President and Army Commander in Chief is not treated as one. I am afraid, one day this favor will be returned back. This is what is good for the Pakistan and not good for the poor people of Pakistan. All of them should be working on providing, education, jobs, Electricity and gas, Justice to poor people. This is what willhelpPakistan.

Tariq Apr 27, 2013 02:22am
I dont see where in the article it says that this colonel guy said anything about Mush
imran Apr 27, 2013 02:55am
This is the best example of misreporting!! this is supposed to be a delegation of students at C&SC and not a visit to protest the humiliation of a retired general. Please don,t report out of context, be a responsible newspaper!!
Mohammad Saleem Apr 27, 2013 03:25am
He is ingratiating himself to the military officers for personal political gains, which is highly despicable demeanor.
pakiboy Apr 27, 2013 03:20am
well done ... we r with u officers ...
Sali Apr 27, 2013 03:05am
What a joke! Talibans are killing people every day and they are rooming around. The most corrupt and incompetent people are running the government but here we have a competent leader who deserves to be a candidate in election and he is being harrased. Apr 27, 2013 03:07am
Military officers should understand that such humiliation is meted out to every normal Pakistani in the courts ever day. Why dont they raise their voice for those people whom they have sworn to protect.
Waqas Shaikh Apr 27, 2013 03:03am
Musharraf is a criminal and he should be treated like a criminal.. While every Pakistani lauds the services of Army but it does not mean that they are above the law. Humilitaing or criticising Musharraf do not equate to humilation or criticism of the Military as an institution. These Army officers should be court martialed.
ANEES Apr 27, 2013 03:08am
Why? Does a military officer come down from the heavens?
Kamal Apr 27, 2013 03:10am
Why Military Officers don't show any concern when their generals abrogate the Constitution? Don't they realize they all take oath to protect the same Constitution? Why they consider that Military is above and beyond any law? We are proud of their sacrifices and their valiance. But they should perform their duties within the bounds established for them. This is 21st century. MUSH should face courts for his crimes against the state. We want political leadership to be chosen from educated middle class. Not those chosen by Brits and Army belonging to jagirdars, fake molvis, urban criminal mafias, and so called industrialists.
Syed Apr 27, 2013 03:37am
All bogus cases. I never expected this from our judiciary. i thought they were free and FAIR.
Naseer Ahmad Apr 27, 2013 02:24am
Where were these people when army came into power and send elected PM to Jail. No one is above law. He should be send to Jail rather than staying in his house
Syed Ahmed Apr 27, 2013 02:49am
Give Musharraf a transparent and a fair trial. Also stop humiliation forthwith. IHC judge Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui should be referred to supreme judicial council for his partisan approach.
Muhammad Farooq ON, Canada Apr 27, 2013 02:25am
What do you do when a military general brings about a coup d'etat topples an elected govt, suspends constiution, confines judges. Should we garland him or should the court try him under the provisions of the constitution?
NGuard Apr 27, 2013 02:49am
These Military leaders does not have any business protesting in favor of Musharraf. It is time to set the country in the right direction where Rule of Law matters and not the personalities. These military personnel must be warned by Army Chief for consequences leading to their dismissal from Armed Forces. No one should be above the law of the land. In civilized world such practices are certainly not tolerated.
Unjust Country Apr 27, 2013 02:44am
Where were the same military officers when their General was treating others in a humiliating way? Where were they when he imposed emergency rule and violated the constitution? Its a known fact that the military rulers/officers consider themselves above everything and above everyone. I would just say that "Respect has to be earned" but our military officers does not know how to earn it but they know how to get it from people by threatening them. It would be better if the military officers focuses on their jobs of protecting the country from inside and outside threats rather than finding ways to be in power.
Akarm Ranjha Apr 27, 2013 02:50am
It is good that Military Officers are concerned about their Ex General and President of Pakistan. But if someone asks - what this man did to the nation ? He is alleged to have broken the constitution of Pakistan. Taken Power of the country by force and has number of things which makes him the Biggest Accused Criminal of the country. I do not think he is being treated unfairly - He is being given VVIP Treatment. He should be PUNISHED of all the DEEDS he has done. He has blood of around 8000 Best Pakistani Soldiers - whose names are not known to the Nation - when he initiated CARGIL adventure. He is murderer of several hundred innocent people in Red Mosque (An Allegation which is in courts). He passed a bill called NRO - thru which the most crooked people who stole Pakistan's BILLIONS of Dollars - were Pardoned - with the stroke of his pen.. I think he should be treated with less dignity - as compared to what is being given to him.... Long Live - Fair Pakistan Army.. but Down with Corrupt People / Constitution and Law Breakers...