Lahore: Pakistan`s PPP-led government is
considering a proposal to seek Interpol`s red corner notice
against ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a bid to bring
him back from abroad to face treason charges, days after he
called party chief and President Asif Ali Zardari "a criminal
and a fraud".
Musharraf`s remarks about Zardari, made in an interview
to `New Yorker` magazine, have virtually united the PPP and
main opposition PML-N on the issue of dealing with the former
President, who has been living outside Pakistan since April.
"The government is seriously considering a proposal to
ask Interpol to issue a (red corner notice for) Musharraf so
that he can be brought back here and tried for violating
Article 6 of the Constitution (which relates to treason)," PPP
leader Raja Riaz, who is Senior Minister in the provincial
government of Punjab, told.
PPP leaders had so far refrained from backing the demand
for Musharraf to be brought back to Pakistan to face trial on
charges of treason. Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani had even hinted
it might not be possible to put Musharraf on trial after main
opposition PML-N stepped up demands for action against him.
However, PPP leaders changed their stance after Musharraf
harshly criticised Zardari.
During the interview, Musharraf said: "He (Zardari will)
do anything to save himself. He`s not a patriot and he`s got
no love for Pakistan. He`s a third-rater."
Musharraf also described Zardari as "a criminal and a