Musharraf may agree to appear in special court
March 18, 2014 - 7:11:54 am
ISLAMABAD: Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was recently asked to sign an apology letter to enable him a bail out to escape his trial on treason charges and may leave Pakistan and its politics, a top confident of the general quoted yesterday by The News daily as disclosing to it.
The apology letter, the source said would have been sanctioned by President Mamnoon Hussain to allow former military dictator to leave the country suspending his trial under Article 6 of the Constitution. One view is that the said letter was meant to be used after the Special Court’s judgment would have been announced.
Ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N Secretary Information Mushahidullah Khan, however, refused to confirm such a move saying, “How can Musharraf be pardoned when he is not awarded punishment under Article 6 of the Constitution?”
He said he was sure there could not be initiated such a move till the case in Special Court was decided. Khan said, “In view of the party, the former president is being tried by the Special Court for constitutional abrogation and as long as the case is decided either way he can neither be pardoned nor allowed to leave the country.”
Another source close to Musharraf said, “The said draft suggested almost on following lines, “I accept responsibility of Kargil misadventure and slapping of emergency on November 3, 2009 by suspending the Constitution and apologise for the same.”
He was also required to undertake if allowed to skip his court trial and to leave the country, he would not take part in country’s politics for next five years.
The source asserted that had the general signed the said apology letter, it would have been used by the government as justification for his release in the first place and to defame him by releasing it to media, like the former interior minister Rehman Malik had done by releasing copy of apology letter that was signed by the Sharif family before going into exile in 2000. INTERNEWS