Islamabad: Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf would have been "sitting abroad" if the government had not initiated his trial for treason, Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said on Tuesday.
Steps to put him on trial for imposing emergency and subverting the Constitution in 2007 had been taken at the appropriate time, he said.
Musharraf would have been sitting abroad had the government not initiated the process for his trial, he was quoted as saying by state-run radio.
The Supreme Court yesterday began the process of forming a special court to try Musharraf after receiving a formal request from the Law Ministry. The government acted after receiving the report of a probe conducted by the Federal Investigation Agency.
However, the PML-N government`s critics have said the decision to try Musharraf was a move to divert attention from its failure to control sectarian violence that has claimed about a dozen lives since the weekend.
Asked if Musharraf`s aides, who were part of the conspiracy behind the 2007 emergency would be tried, Rashid said the judiciary will chart the course for future proceedings.
Talking about the proposed Right to Information Law, he said the government was committed to it. Even Prime Ministers had not been given access to right information, he claimed.
Corruption can be controlled by giving media access to accurate information, he added.
Rashid praised the media`s role during the recent sectarian violence in Rawalpindi and said print and electronic media chose their words and pictures carefully.