Wednesday, March 20, 2013

LHC ordered to produce permanent residential address of Pervez Musharraf

Lahore High Court (LHC) on Wednesday ordered to produce permanent residential address of former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf.
Justice Nasir Saeed Sheikh heard the petition, seeking ban on the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and disqualification of Musharraf.
The petitioner said that Musharraf had broken the country’s Constitution and imprisoned the judges. He pleaded the LHC to disqualify Musharraf and impose ban his political party.
Justice Sheikh directed the petitioner to provide permanent residential address of Mushrraf to send notice to him.
Subsequently, the court adjourned the hearing into the petition for indefinite period of time.
Musharraf has recently announced to end self-imposed exile and return to the country on March 24 to contest the elections. (TheNewsTribe)

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Pervez Musharraf to meet King Abdullah to seek guarantees

Former dictator General Pervez Musharraf will meet Saudi King Abdullah, reportedly on January 22, after his similar contacts with senior officials in Washington to seek foolproof guarantees from President Zardari and Army Chief General Kayani before announcing his return to Pakistan.

One of his close associates and American-Pakistani businessman Dr Raza Bokhari is also meeting US Ambassador Cameron Munter here on Wednesday afternoon to ensure that Musharraf is not arrested upon his return to Pakistan or prosecuted for any of the crimes he has committed during his military rule.

Musharraf is planning to come back on January 31 but would announce it only after he gets the required assurances from international players. Musharraf’s spokesman and All Pakistan Muslim League leader Chaudhry Fawad when approached said that he does not know about Musharraf’s meeting with King Abdullah but can confirm that the retired general is going to Saudi Arabia on 19th or 20th January to perform Umra.

About Raza-Munter meeting, he said that he is not aware of this meeting but admitted that some powerful capitals, who are worried about the worsening situation in Pakistan, want Musharraf to come back to Pakistan and play his role as a politician. Fawad said that Musharraf’s return date is January 31.

While many wait for Musharraf to come back and face cases like Akbar Bughti’s murder and the imposition of Nov 3, 2007 martial law, the ousted dictator wants guarantees through Washington and Riyadh that he is not touched and jailed.

A source close to Musharraf confirmed to this correspondent that the former dictator intents to get clear message conveyed to President Zardari and Army Chief General Kayani from the two influential capitals that Musharraf should be allowed to pursue his political goals.

The source said that a comprehensive lobbying in favour of Musharraf’s secure return to Pakistan has already been done in Washington and the Wednesday’s (today) meeting between Dr Raza Bokhari and Munter is the follow up of the same. A spokeswoman of the US embassy was contacted to find out about the meeting between Munter and Dr Raza but she did not respond till the filing of this report.

According to the APML source Musharraf plans to return from self-exile in the company of a large group of Pakistani Americans and journalists, both from the print and electronic media from Pakistan and the west.

Only recently The News had reported that Musharraf would not return to Pakistan unless the Army provides him security guarantees. The report while referring to minutes of APML meeting disclosed that Musharraf would land in the country only after a nod and approval from the Pakistan Army.

The APML leaders have been talking of preparing the party leadership for an upcoming interim set-up. Musharraf’s party has decided to spend at least Rs117 million for a ‘Welcome Pervez Musharraf’ publicity campaign while Rs6.29 million will be spent on transport and some other arrangements of only one public meeting to be held on his arrival.

The propaganda campaign, being finalised focusing Musharraf’s arrival, would defend the NRO as a step for stability of Pakistan, would claim that Baloch leader Akbar Bugti was killed rightly besides giving a comparative analysis of performances of the Pervez Musharraf government and the present PPP government and would explain the Kargil war.

Minutes of the meeting show Chaudhry Fawad asking his leader that he had made a big mistake by announcing an exact date of his arrival, which is not possible without a clear nod and approval of the Pakistan Army and the establishment.

Fawad also suggested to his party chief to seek support of important world capitals. The minutes show the APML leadership was unanimous in the opinion that Imran’s PTI was being supported by the ISI.

The minutes of the APMP meetings also show the party leaders worried about the possible arrest in case Musharraf really returns. Only one person, Dr Muhammad Amjad is quoted to have said that if the APML wants to survive then Musharraf must come back in time, and the party leaders should not be scared of arrests and jail. (The News)

Friday, August 12, 2011


A delegation of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) headed by Pervez Ali Shah, president of the Sindh Chapter of APML, visited Khursheed Begum Secretariat. The delegation met members of the Co-ordination Committee of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) Kunwar Khalid Yunus and Dr Sagheer Ahmed. Political situation in Sindh, particularly in Karachi and other issues of mutual interest were also discussed in detail meeting. The delegation expressed grave concerns about the recent acts of terrorism in Karachi and prayed for the people who were killed in various terrorism-related incidents. The delegation appreciated the efforts being made by the MQM founder and leader Mr Altaf Hussain for establishing peace in Karachi. Members of the Co-ordination Committee thanked the delegation for coming to Nine Zero and praised their opinion.

All Pakistan Muslim League Sindh

Chief Organizer of All Pakistan Muslim League Sindh Syed Pervez Ali Shah and Al Hajj Shmimuddin cutting the cake at Iftar party hosted by All Pakistan Muslim League Sindh in Karachi on yesterday.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Opposing Musharraf should face him in the political arena

LAHORE - Pervez Musharraf has every right to practice politics and the forces opposing him should face him in the political arena instead of adopting victimizing him and his loyalists, said Fawad Chaudhary, a leader of the All Pakistan Muslim League.
He expressed these views while addressing a press conference at the inaugural ceremony for APML’s provincial office at Garden Town on Wednesday. Fawad said dropping the APML from the registration list could not demoralize the party leadership and its workers from continuing their campaign to pull the country out of the crises under the leadership of Pervez Musharraf.
He alleged that district administration was harassing the party activists following the directions of provincial government in a bid to sabotage party’s second political show at Ravi Town on June 18.
Terming the upcoming schemes of the provincial government as flawed, Fawad said the PML-N government “should made public details of 50,000 Yellow Cab Cars which were imported during their previous regime before launching another such scheme.(The Nation)
He said the Punjab government had announced that it would not entertain the foreign loans but this announcement was not more than a claim, as the provincial government was facing an overdraft of Rs 100 billion.
He said that the performance of the federal government was also bad, as it, too, failed on all fronts. He claimed that drone attacks and economic situation of Musharraf’s regime could not be compared to the current central government’s graph.(The Nation)

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Musharraf quit army post on my advice: George Bush

SLAMABAD: Former US president George W Bush has disclosed, after exactly three years, that former Pakistani president General Pervez Musharraf resigned from the post of chief of army staff, lifted the emergency and held free elections upon his “strong suggestion” in the fall of 2007.
Bush also confirmed for the first time that he authorised his military’s use of drone attacks within Pakistan after the Taliban exploited the worsening political situation in the country and heightened their operation in Afghanistan which led to an increase in violence and forced many Afghans to turn against their government and Nato forces. Bush has also alleged that “some” in the Pakistani intelligence agency (ISI) retained ties with Taliban officials despite making a commitment with Washington to side with American forces.
The former US president made these and other disclosures in his autobiography titled “Decision Points” which hit the stalls in the United States last week.
In an exclusive chapter on “Afghanistan”, which also deals with Pakistan, Bush revealed how he had made the decision to invade Kabul post 9/11 and how over just one telephone call from his Secretary of State Colin Powell, Musharraf had agreed to cooperate in the American war against the Taliban in Afghanistan and to accept a list of “non-negotiable” demands handed over to Islamabad.
Narrating the role of Musharraf in his war against the Taliban, Bush has written that on September 13, Colin Powell called Musharraf and made clear that the former president had to decide whose side he was on. He was presented with a list of non-negotiable demands, including condemning the 9/11 attacks, denying al Qaeda a safe haven in Pakistan, sharing intelligence, granting the US over-flight rights and breaking diplomatic ties with the Taliban.
Musharraf was facing intense internal pressure at the time. Turning against the Taliban was unthinkable for hardliners in his government and the intelligence service. Bush wrote that he called Musharraf from Camp David during a break in the war council meeting. “I want to thank you for listening to our sad nation’s requests and I look forward to working with you to bring these people to justice,” I said. “The stakes are high. We are with you,” Musharraf had told the American president.
Providing a background of the nature of relationship with Pakistan and how he had made the former military leadership of the country fall in line, Bush wrote in his book, “Our relationship with Pakistan proved complex. But within four days of the 9/11 attacks, we had turned Afghanistan’s pivotal neighbour from a supporter of the Taliban to a partner in removing them from power. The primary cause of trouble did not originate from Afghanistan or as some suggested from Iraq. It came from Pakistan. For most of my presidency, Pakistan was led by president Musharraf. I admired his decision to side with the Americans after 9/11. He held parliamentary elections in 2002, which his party won and spoke about “modern enlightenment” as an alternative to Islamic extremism. He took a serious risk to battle al Qaeda. Terrorists tried to assassinate him at least four times. In the months after we liberated Afghanistan, I told Musharraf I was troubled by reports of al Qaeda and Taliban forces fleeing into the loosely governed tribal areas of Pakistan an area often compared to the wild west. I would be more than willing to send my special forces across the border to clean out the areas, I said.”
“Musharraf told me that sending Americans troops to combat in Pakistan would be viewed as a violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty. A revolt would likely ensue. His government would probably fall. Extremists would take over the country including his nuclear arsenal. In that case, I told him his soldiers needed to take the lead. For several years, the arrangement worked. Pakistani forces netted hundreds of terrorists including al Qaeda leaders like Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, Abu Zubaydah and Abu Faraj al Libbi. Musharraf also arrested Dr AQ Khan.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 20th, 2010.