MQM-P, PSP reject special court verdict against Musharraf.



KARACHI -- Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) and Pak Sarzameen Party on Tuesday expressed their dissent over the special court decision against former military ruler and president General (r) Pervez Musharraf.

The MQM-P issued two statements over the issue, with one from the party soon after the decision and other later from its convener Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui.

In its first response, the party said in a statement: 'It was unfortunate that the section (2) of the Article 6 of the constitution also calls for action against the abettors, however this case does not reflect anything on it from its decision.'

The party spokesman said that they were considering all aspects of the case and it was the right of every party in the case to file appeal against the decision of the special court.

The spokesman further asked as to why only imposing the martial law or emergency in the country is declared as abrogation of the constitution. 'The democratically elected governments are seen violating the sections of the constitution in parts of the country,' he further commented.

The spokesman said that the country was in dire need of stability among the institutions otherwise the economy could deteriorate leading towards a further destabilisation in the country.

He also raised question if the Musharraf was targeted for his ethnic background as no action was taken against military dictators like Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan and Ziaul Haq.

Later in his response, the party convener and Federal Minister for Information and Technology Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui expressed grief over the decision of the special court against the former military ruler and raised question as to why those who looted the country were declared loyal to the country and the one who put his life at risk for the nation and the country made progress during his tenure was declared a traitor.

'The ailing Pervez Musharraf should be given a chance to prove his innocence in the case,' the minister said.

He said that other than his outstanding military career, the former president was also hailed as the one who actively took path in infrastructural development...

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