`Musharraf violated service norms'

ISLAMABAD NOV. 13. The Pakistan People's Party today welcomed the reported Supreme Court verdict that the Government servants could not participate in political activities and said that was applicable in case of Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf, who is also the Army Chief.

A spokesperson of the party said a Supreme Court bench on Wednesday made the observation while dismissing the petition of an officer of the Pakistan Ordnance Factories, Wah, against compulsory retirement for participating in political activities by conducting a press conference and distributing pamphlets against the POF management. The spokesperson said that officers of the armed forces at the time of commissioning in service are administered oath, which binds them not to indulge in any political activity whatsoever. The oath is set out in the Constitution of Pakistan. There also are rules under the Army Act, which forbade officers of the defence services from indulging in any political activity, and punishment has been prescribed for the violators. "At least one public servant belonging to the defence services who not only indulged in politics while in service but also violated his oath under the Constitution is General Pervez Musharraf".