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Updated: August 15, 2009 09:44 IST

Sharif urges army to sever ties with Musharraf

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Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. File Photo: PTI
Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. File Photo: PTI

The former Pakistan Prime Minister says it is imperative to punish those who violated the country's constitution and its courts, and arrested judges, according to a private television channel. Gen. Musharraf, who is in London, told a British TV channel that an unwarranted campaign is on malign him.

Pakistan’s opposition Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Chief, Mian Nawaz Sharif, said Friday no resolution is required to launch an action against former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, and the military should sever ties with him, local TV channel reported.

Addressing a ceremony after national flag-hoisting here, the former Prime Minister said it is imperative to punish those who violated the constitution and the courts of Pakistan and arrested the judges, urging the government to come forward to fulfill its duty without demur, according to the private channel GEO.

Encouraging the army to part ways with Gen. Musharraf, Mr. Sharif said the military should favour a lawsuit against him.

The PML-N chief remarked that at present, nuclear-armed Pakistan is awash with crises including power, terrorism and unemployment.

Gen. Musharraf, currently in London, said that an unwarranted campaign to malign him is being waged, sources quoted him as talking to a British TV channel Friday.

On Oct. 12, 1999, Mr. Sharif removed Gen. Musharraf as army chief. When Gen. Musharraf boarded a commercial airliner to return to Pakistan from Sri Lanka, Mr. Sharif ordered the Karachi airport sealed off to prevent the landing of the airliner, but Gen. Musharraf contacted top army generals who took over the country and ousted Mr. Sharif’s administration and helped Gen. Musharraf assumed control of the government.

On July 31, Pakistani Supreme Court ruled that Gen. Musharraf’s decision to impose emergency rule and dismiss dozens of senior judges in 2007 was unconstitutional.

Police in the Pakistani capital Tuesday registered a case against Gen. Musharraf for illegally detaining top judges during 2007 emergency rule a day after a court called for registration of the case. He was charged under various sections which carry at least three-year jail term, said Liaquat Niazi, Deputy Superintendent of Police at Secretariat Police Station, where the case was registered.

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