Lahore: Former President Gen(R) Parvez Musharraf has claimed that the Just retired Army chief Gen(R) Raheel Shareef helped him get out of Pakiatan through pressurising the Nawaz Sharif government. He made this statement in Dunya news TV Show hosted by Kamran Shahid.
His words heard as : “See unfortunately one has to say it, but shouldn’t have to… our judiciary should move
He explained that the judiciary in Pakistan is under influence of current regime and the judges were under government’s pressure. I am an ex boss and army chief so he (Raheel Sharif) played his role get me out of the country.
In response to Musharaf’s claims the federal minister for state & frontier regions Lt Gen (R) Qadir Baloch said that Musharf has crossed his limits after the claims about Gen (R) Raheel Sharif.
“Musharraf should not have talked in such manner, even if Raheel Sharif had played a role in this issue. Musharaff should have realised the implications of this statement,” said the minister while speaking in a Geo News talk show.
He added that the Supreme Court should now come forward and every individual concerned should submit their clarification in this regard before the apex court.
Former Supreme Court Bar president Kamran Murtaza said, “Allegations have been levelled against the judiciary, but so far the Supreme Court’s registrar office has not issued any response”.
Murtaza also said that when Musharraf was let go, it seemed that ‘certain institutions’ were backing him and the issue was being managed by them.
“I believe that he was let go to safeguard the government. An explanation should be come by tonight and a full court reference should be sought on it,” added Murtaza.
He also said that if a guilty individual is not tried under Article 209 it sets a wrong precedent.
The current president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, Rashid Razvi, was of the opinion that a suo moto notice needs to be taken by the court.
Government rejects the statements
However, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Musadik Malik rejected the statements of the former president and said that there is no truth in Musharraf ‘s statements.
“Musharraf should have made this revelation when Raheel Sharif was COAS,” said Malik while talking in a Dunya News show.
PPP stalwart Sharmila Farooqi also criticised the PML-N government saying that the government had allowed Musharraf to travel abroad.
PTI’s Fawad Chaudhary, stated that the incumbent government wanted to weaken state institutions.
Musharraf had left the country for Dubai in March earlier this year hours after the interior ministry issued a notification to remove his name from the exit control list (ECL).
The government notification followed the Supreme Court’s order to lift the ban on his foreign travel.