ISLAMABAD – PML-N government in joint session of parliament claimed that former President Pervez Musharraf will be extradited to Pakistan through Interpol if he attempts to adopt defying course.
The house, summoned to consider controversial bills – including PIA privatization bill, consumed most of the time discussing the departure of former military dictator.
The government side only managed to pass ‘The Gas theft and Recovery bill, 2014’, while the ‘Pakistan International Airline Corporation (conversion) Bill, 2016’ aimed at privatising the national flag carrier (PIA) will be tabled in today’s (Tuesday) session.
Earlier, opposition and government locked horns over Musharraf’s departure for over three hours, neglecting the original legislative business of the joint session.
“Interpol will be involved to bring (former president) Musharraf back to country, if he attempts to adopt a defying course,” said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.
Responding to the back to back attacks from opposition for allowing Musharraf to leave the country, he insisted that the name of former military dictator was removed from the ECL only in the light of the Supreme Court judgment.
“If you (opposition) had any objections then why didn’t you opt to become party (in the treason case against Musharraf),” he remarked.
Nisar also came down hard on PPP, saying their government had not supported the then main opposition party (PML-N) for taking action against Musharraf.
He reminded that the then government (PPP) also gave him safe passage through National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO).
The minister also criticised PPP’s government for failing to take any action against former president as his name was also in the murder case of Benazir Bhutto.
About PML-N’s government, he claimed that name of Musharraf remained on Exit Control List (ECL) for over two years and he had to face treason charge.
“There is need to strengthen the government’s hands for ensuring rule of law,” he said, assuring to share further detail in the light of Supreme Court’s orders.
As, Opposition leader in Senate Aitzaz Ahsan asked Chaudhry Nisar to read out the court order regarding former president on the floor of the house.
“I request you to read Supreme Court’s order, as court has not asked government to allow him (Musharraf) to leave the country,” he added.
The lawmakers from opposition parties also raised slogans forcing the interior minister to read the court order in the house.
Finance Minister Ishaq Dar also maintained that the recent Supreme Court’s decision also revived Sindh High Court decision (June 2014).
Taking the floor, Opposition Leader in National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah strongly criticised government ministers for their tall claims about former president.
He also read out the previous statements of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his cabinet ministers about taking strict action against Pervez Musharraf.
“Government should have shared reality behind Musharraf departure in joint session of parliament,” he said.
“Musharraf overthrew an elected government and insulted mandate of the people,” he said adding that incumbent had allowed an accused of article-6 to go abroad despite its all claims.
PTI’s parliamentary leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi, on his turn, also sought reasons behind allowing Musharraf to leave the country.
“It was opinion of opposition to refer this PIA bill to CCI,” he added.
Earlier, MQM staged a token walkout from the proceeding for arresting deputy convener of their party.
“MQM will stage token walkout on this matter,” said MQM’s senior leader Farooq Sattar.
Source by: http://nation.com.pk/national/22-Mar-2016/musharraf-s-ghost-haunts-parliament