UK peer Lord Ahmed to bring `war crimes` charge against Mush

Last Updated: Friday, July 24, 2009 - 18:21

Islamabad: After being summoned by Pakistan Supreme Court over his actions during emergency, ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf may face more legal troubles with a British Muslim politician announcing that he will move a London court against him for alleged "war crimes".
Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham, an arch-foe of the former
President, has stepped up his campaign against him. The
PoK-born Labour peer has announced that "war crime charges"
would be brought against Musharraf, who is engaged in making
speeches to think tanks and select gatherings abroad these
days, the News reported today.

Lord Ahmed said he had been approached by "a number of
families" who have suffered due to Musharraf`s policies during
his nearly nine-year rule.

"These affected families from Fata, Balochistan,
Waziristan and Lal Masjid and other parts of Pakistan feel war
crimes have been committed against them. They have suffered
directly as a result of the policies of the former dictator,"
Lord Ahmed said.

A writ will be issued against Musharraf for the war
crimes and human rights abuses in Pakistan, he said, adding
some of the legal minds involved in pursuing the case against
Musharraf will be those who had experience in preparing
charges against Chilean army general Augusto Pinochet and had
him arrested.

Lord Ahmed said a clear message would be sent to those
who believe in taking over ruthlessly from civilians and
killing people as they please. Barrister Abid Hussain is
assisting Lord Nazeer Ahmed in this case.

Hussain said a support group had been formed to help the
victim`s families. He said individual sponsors will come
forward to support this expensive legal exercise.

Lord Ahmed clarified that no Pakistani political party
will be asked for funds and it will be individuals who will
declare their interest in the case and fund it on record.

It is believed that a press conference will be called in
London very soon to announce the formal start of the legal
proceedings against Musharraf. Lord Ahmed plans to travel to
Pakistan within a week as part of his campaign against
Musharraf. He will meet members from both the Pakistan
People`s Party and the Pakistan Muslim League-N, the report
added.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, July 24, 2009 - 18:21
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