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Former Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif stated “everything is happening beyond law and constitution” favoring him. He said this while commenting on the Supreme Court’s (SC) ruling on Pervez Musharraf’s life-time disqualification case. He further questioned how such a guarantee can be given to a person like Musharraf.
On Thursday, the Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar gave the former Army Chief Pervez Musharraf an opportunity to return to Pakistan and appear before the court, assuring he will not be arrested if he returns to Pakistan.
Moreover, the chief justice said if Musharraf returns back and submits his nomination form, the turning officer will accept the forms. The Supreme Court gave Pervez Musharraf the right to contest elections and submit his nomination papers on a condition that he shows up before the apex court on June 13th.
The Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz supreme leader regretted that dual standards are applied as he was disqualified, and now when he is seeking exemption to see his ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, he is not even spared.
In an informal chat with the media, on the occasion of his appearance before the Accountability Court (AC) on Friday, Nawaz Sharif raised the question “it does not make sense, where has the law gone, Constitution, Article 6 and all the cases?”
Nawaz wondered owing to cases against Musharraf, the latter can’t be allowed to contest in upcoming polls. He further said, on one hand, a high treason case is running against Musharraf and on the other, he has been conditionally allowed to contest the general election while “I have been disqualified”.
Furthermore, the Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz supreme leader regretted that dual standards are applied as he was disqualified, and now when he is seeking exemption to see his ailing wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, he is not even spared.
He went on to question whether anything like giving conditional permission is even laid down in the constitution. He asked for proof, stating “show it to us please.” All are struck by the surprise – How can the Chief Justice give such order?
He further said if someone murders or abrogates the constitution or such causes devastation like Musharraf has done, nothing will or can be done to him unless the Chief Justice wills so.
He went on to say Musharraf is included in the Akbar Bugti murder case. He is also included in the May 12 incident, detention of judges and abrogating the constitution twice. How is it that the CJP is allowing him to come back to the country, without being arrested? What Constitution is this? Show us this clause of the Constitution for our perusal.
The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar gave the former Army Chief Pervez Musharraf an opportunity to return to Pakistan and appear before the court, assuring he will not be arrested if he returns to Pakistan.
It should be noted again that during the hearing of the life-time disqualification case in respect of Pervez Musharrf, the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar, while summoning former president Pervez Musharraf in the SC Lahore registry, had remarked on June 7, saying “Pervez Musharraf should appear before me, he will not be arrested.
To worsen the situation further, Musharraf is also facing high treason case and the special court has issued orders for arresting him through Interpol.
However, according to media reports, on Thursday night the Interior Ministry, under the caretaker government, suspended Musharraf’s CNIC and passport.