Pervez Musharraf wants Nawaz to be punished

Pervez Musharraf said Nawaz Sharif tried to remove him before the completion of his tenure as Army chief.

Last Updated: Oct 13, 2011, 15:53 PM IST

Lahore: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said that former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif should be punished instead of him, as the Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief had violated the Constitution by trying to remove him before the completion of his tenure as Army chief.

All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) chief Musharraf, who has vowed to return to Pakistan before the next general elections, criticised the former two-time prime minister during a TV news programme.

“Nawaz Sharif did not have any accomplishment other than the motorway,” Musharraf said in an Express News interview.

Speaking about Pakistan’s state of economy during Nawaz’s tenure as prime minister, Musharraf said that the country was at the verge of being declared bankrupt, as there were only USD 400 million in the national exchequer.

“Should I be punished for moving the country on the path to progress and raising Pakistan’s status in the comity of nations?” he asked.

“Nawaz Sharif should be punished instead because he violated the Constitution,” he added. “In the Constitution, the tenure of the Army chief is three years but he tried to remove me before that,” he added.

The All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) observed Youm-e-Nijat on Wednesday to mark 12 years since Musharraf toppled Nawaz’s government in 1999.

ANI