Nawaz wows to bring Musharraf to court soon

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has vowed to bring former president Pervez Musharraf to the court soon. He said that the time has come for those who violated the Constitution to be punished”.

Speaking during an informal meeting with Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) workers and leaders at his Jati Umra residence in Raiwind, Nawaz said the time has come when violators of the law must be punished. He called the former military ruler a coward man, who is making excuses.

Sharif said: “The courts will have to be awakened on Musharraf’s cases.”

Nawaz said if Musharraf is brave, he should come to Pakistan and face the court cases against him.

Nawaz promised the government will bring Musharraf back to the country soon. But in the same vein, he stressed what he called the need for waking up judiciary about the cases against him.

The former prime minister did not mention any particular case against Musharraf. However, the former military ruler is declared a proclaimed offender in the Benazir Bhutto assassination case and there is a high treason case pending against him.

Sharif, whose second term as the prime minister ended as a result of the then army chief Musharraf’s coup in October 1999, said that the former president is a “coward” and is making excuses to stay abroad. “If he is so brave, he should come to Pakistan and face the cases.”

Earlier this week, for the first time since Nawaz’s disqualification at the hands of Supreme Court, the Sharif family publicly said that initiation of a treason case against Musharraf by the PML-N government was the reason behind his ouster.

“Will we see any court hold Musharraf accountable for his crimes?” Sharif had asked, expressing hope that “it would happen one day”.Musharraf is currently facing trial in the Benazir Bhutto murder case.

A day after Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s chants of “Musharraf qatil” on Benazir’s death anniversary commemoration at Gari Khuda Bux, Musharraf issued a video message, saying that there was no evidence against him in the case.

He had added that Sharif and Bilawal had suddenly begun making statements against him to pressurise the army.In response, Bilawal had demanded Musharraf to come back to Pakistan and “face his court cases, if he has the courage to do so”.

On the other hand, Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to depart for Saudi Arabia in 48 Hours on a high-profile visit.

The PML-N chief will likely to meet Turkish premier and Saudi Arabia’s top leadership.”The visit is being considered high significance against current situation of Pakistan and regional happenings,” sources added.Sources further revealed that Pakistan has eliminated misapprehensions between two brotherly states emanated after PML-N govt’s refusal to send armed forces in war-torn Yemen. Meanwhile, analysts also believe that Sharif family has entered into a new partnership with Saudi authorities.

Yesterday, National Security Adviser retired Lt Gen Nasser Khan Janjua met former premier Nawaz Sharif at Mr Sharif’s Jati Umra residence in Raiwind, which reportedly lasted five hours, discussed matters of national security, relations with neighbouring countries and terrorism.Earlier today, Federal Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique left for Saudi Arabia along with his family. The minister left for Jeddah from Allama Iqbal International Airport.

Nawaz’s brother, Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif, is already in Saudi Arabia. He left Lahore for Medina on Wednesday and was expected to hold meetings with senior Saudi officials.Sources stated that the Sharif brothers are also expected to visit London after concluding their trip to the Kingdom.