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Some ‘friendly countries’ helped oust Musharraf: Pak minister

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Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik at the Interior Ministry in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik at the Interior Ministry in Islamabad on Wednesday.

Some “friendly countries” played a role in the ouster of former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik has admitted but he stressed that “it cannot be termed as a deal.”

“Few of our friendly countries levelled the surface for the restoration of democracy in Pakistan and negotiations were held with Musharraf on transfer of power with their reference. But it can not be termed as a deal,” Mr. Malik told Ary News in an interview.

“Pakistan Peoples Party has neither entered into any deal with former President Musharraf nor his future was discussed with the Saudi king in the near past,” he was quoted as saying on Thursday.

The Islamabad police had on August 10 registered a criminal case against Gen. Musharraf following the orders of Islamabad Additional Sessions Judge Mohammad Akmal Khan.

Judge Khan was acting on a petition filed by advocate Mohammad Aslam Ghuman who sought action against Gen. Musharraf for ordering the confinement of Supreme Court judges after declaring an emergency on November 3, 2007.

The complaint states that Gen. Musharraf and others had detained the Supreme Court judges and their families at their houses and their children were neither allowed to attend school nor permitted to appear in examinations.

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