Wednesday, October 13
Punjab for bringing General Mush back for trial
After suspending rules, the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution condemning General (r) Pervez Musharraf, and declaring October 12, 1999 – the day militaryman deposed N-League’s government – as the worst tragedy of Pakistan’s history.
“This representative house of the Provincial Assembly terms October 12 when this day in 1999, a democratic government was overthrown and black dictatorial rule started, as a worst tragedy in the history of Pakistan. This house recommends the federal government to bring back the dictator Pervez Musharraf through Interpol and conduct his court trial for violating the Constitution and becoming traitor. This dictator, in the past, had committed serious crimes against the Constitution, state and people. And now from a foreign country, he is inflicting huge losses to Pakistan's interests by issuing statements against the national security,” stated the resolution, which was read by Law Minister Rana Sanaullah Khan.
Opposition’s Seemal Kamran, though agreeing to the resolution, asserting that names of other three dictators – Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan and Ziaul Haq – must also be mentioned in the resolution. She accused the PML-N of indulging in double standards. “Democracy cannot be strengthened through resolutions or observing black days against dictatorships, but by taking positive measures,” she added.
While endorsing Seemal’s stance, Opposition Leader Ch Zaheeruddin was of the view that all the parliamentary parties were one way or the other remnants of these dictators, and took part in Musharraf’s two general elections, except Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and Jama’at-e-Islami. He asked the govt to register cases against Musharraf instead of passing cosmetic resolutions or observing black day. “You (N-League) are in power for over two years. What practical steps have you taken for bringing Musharraf to justice?” he quizzed.
Though veteran Leaguer Sirdar Zulfiqar Ali Khosa wanted to defend his party, but he repeated history of deposition and arrest of incumbent Chief Justice of Pakistan, sacking of judges and Lal Masjid incident. “Musharraf’s dictatorial rule was the worst of all military rulers,” he said, while again questioning Q-League’s previous doings. “The PML-Q, while violating all constitutional, political and democratic norms, even went to the extent of passing a resolution from this House giving extension to president in uniform and vowing to elect him for ten times,” he averred, while predicting Musharraf’s impending failure in politics.
Finance Minister Tanvir Ashraf Kaira recounted PPP’s supreme sacrifices for the restoration of democracy. “Chairman Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Shaheed and his brave daughter Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto had embraced martyrdom for this sacred cause,” he added.