KARACHI: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Tuesday drew good support from major opposition parties in the parliament for his government’s decision to try former military dictator Pervez Musharraf for high treason case that is punishable with death under Pakistani laws.
Senior Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Makhdoom Fahimuz Zuman said that all who were responsible for subverting democracy in the should be brought to book. He said that whatever steps the government would take to strengthen democracy in the country, his party would support those steps.
The PPP leader said that his party would fully support the steps under Article 6 of the constitution.
Prime Minister Sharif on Monday announced that former military ruler Musharraf would be tried for treason under article 6 of the constitution.
Addressing the lower house of the parliament Sharif said that Musharraf committed treason by abrogating the constitution in 1999 and he should be tried under the law of the land. Musharraf would also be tried for enforcing an emergency in the country in 2007, again suspending the constitution.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the former foreign minister who is currently deputy chief of Pakistan Tehreeke Insaf, reacting to Sharif’s speech in the assembly said that his party would support every decision of the government that would uphold the constitution. He said PTI would support every step to make the democracy stronger in the country.
Khursheed Shah, the former education minister and the senior leader of PPP, said that the portraits of all the former dictators should be removed from the parliament houses. The legislators thumped the desk to appreciate the Shah demand.
Former army general and defence analyst Talat Masood said that the Sharif decision would go a long way to shape the political discourse of the country.
He said that it might help democracy in the long term if this case was handled intelligently and proper procedures were followed without any trace of exploitation.