Army urged not to side with Musharraf

April 10, 2014 - 6:47:23 am

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s former ruler General (retd) Pervez Musharraf might be celebrating his small victory of bringing the Pakistan Army face to face with the democratic government but the politicians stand united in asking the army not to side with the head of a political party and let him face trial.

They say if the army had any issue regarding Musharraf, this could have been discussed with the elected representatives instead of making a public statement, which may have many repercussions.

General Raheel Sharif’s statement of preserving the dignity and institutional pride of the army sent shivers across the country. 

The PML-N took it as a welcome statement saying that every institution has dignity and pride, which must be preserved.

Senior PPP leader Senator Raza Rabbani said that Musharraf’s issue was separate from the Pakistan Army as Musharraf was a retired general and instead of leading a retired life, he has opted to become a politician; therefore, he will be subjected to criticism which does not mean that the institution of the Pakistan Army is being criticized.

“Musharraf does not represent the Pakistan Army, he represents the APML,” said Rabbani adding: “He cannot have his cake and eat it too.” Rabbani said had the former ruler of Pakistan been living a retired life, he would not have faced criticism.