Gilani, Sharif say Musharraf should appear in SC

PM Yousuf Raza Gilani and opposition PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif said Pervez Musharraf should appear in Pakistan`s SC.

Last Updated: May 19, 2010, 12:06 PM IST

Islamabad: Prime Minister Yousuf Raza
Gilani and opposition PML-N leader Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday said former military ruler Pervez Musharraf should appear in
Pakistan`s Supreme Court to face the consequences of
promulgating a graft amnesty that benefited thousands.

The issue of Musharraf appearing in the apex court in
connection with the National Reconciliation Ordinance, the
graft amnesty he issued in October 2007, came up during a
telephone conversation between Gilani and Sharif this
afternoon.

"In connection with the Prime Minister`s statement
regarding court appearance of former President Gen (retired)
Pervez Musharraf, both the leaders called for appearance of
the former President before the Supreme Court," said a
statement issued by Gilani`s office.

In a bid to deflect pressure from the Supreme Court
to take action against President Asif Ali Zardari, one of the
beneficiaries of the NRO, Gilani questioned the apex court`s
failure to summon the military ruler who was the architect of
the graft amnesty.

"Why isn`t the creator of the NRO being summoned?"
Gilani said during an interaction with a group of journalists
in Lahore on Sunday.

He said Musharraf should be made to appear before the
courts and explain his position.

During their telephone conversation, Gilani and
Sharif agreed to hold a meeting as soon as the PML-N returns
to Pakistan from his current visit to London.

Sharif is in London for the treatment of his ailing
wife.

Both leaders agreed to hold discussions to frame a
strategy for strengthening democracy and democratic
institutions.

Sharif made certain proposals to strengthen democracy
in the country.

"During discussion, both the leaders had commonality
of views to protect democracy at all cost, for which both the
parties have given great sacrifices.

"Both leaders agreed that democracy would not be
allowed to be derailed since it is the only way forward to
ensure prosperity and welfare of common man," the statement
said.

PTI