Musharraf to be arrested if he returns to Pakistan

Last Updated: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 00:18

Islamabad: Pakistani authorities will arrest
former President Pervez Musharraf if he returns to the country
as announced at the end of January after nearly three years in
self-exile, Interior Minister Rehman Malik said on Wednesday.

Malik assured the Senate or upper house of parliament
that Musharraf would be arrested under the law of the land
whenever he arrives in Pakistan.

"The moment, he (Musharraf) lands, he will go to jail,"
he said. The minister was responding to several points of
order raised by lawmakers, who demanded that action should be
taken against the former dictator for treason as he had
violated the Constitution.

Malik said action will be taken against Musharraf as a
court had declared him a "proclaimed offender" or a fugitive.

"There are three registered cases against him. He has
been named in these cases, so ultimately he will be arrested,"
Malik said.

He proposed that the Senate could pass a resolution
against Musharraf as he had violated the Constitution by
imposing martial law on October 12, 1999 and an emergency on
November 3, 2007.

Musharraf recently announced that he intended to return
to Pakistan between January 27 and 30 to lead his party in the
next general election.

He seized power in 1999 in Pakistan`s third military
coup but was forced to step down as President in August 2008
after the Pakistan People`s Party formed a government
following elections.

In October, a court issued a warrant for his arrest
over the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti in a
military operation in August 2006.

Another court declared him a fugitive and issued a
separate warrant for his arrest for failing to cooperate with
investigators probing the 2007 assassination of former premier
Benazir Bhutto.

Malik told the Senate that the PML-N should lodge a
complaint against Musharraf for toppling its government in
1999.

He appealed to the Supreme Court Chief Justice to take
suo moto action against the former dictator for arresting
judges after imposing emergency in 2009.

He informed the House that he would soon reveal some
facts about the National Reconciliation Ordinance, a graft
amnesty issued by Musharraf, in his forthcoming book.

"I will inform about the person who drafted the NRO," he
said.

Malik made it clear that the PPP had nothing to do with
the NRO and the current democratic system was the result of
Benazir Bhutto`s reconciliatory efforts.

Law Minister Maula Bux Chandio supported the calls for
Musharraf`s arrest and said there were several cases pending
against the former President.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 00:18

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