islamabad - The lawmakers in the Senate on Thursday demanding from the caretaker government for the initiation of high treason trial against former President General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf questioned under what authority he was escorted under the State security to his farmhouse after rejection of his bail.
The lawmakers pointed out that the Supreme Court judgement of July 31 clearly says that Pervez Musharraf is liable to be tried for high treason under Article 6 of the Constitution and no other interpretation needed to take action against him.
Some two Senators of PPP remarked that the State institutions failure to arrest Musharraf after rejection of his bail from Islamabad High Court (IHC) was proof of the fact that two kind of laws exist in the country, one for civilians and other for military personnel. They also feared and questioned whether Musharraf could ever be arrested or not.
Senators also demanded immediate suspension of Inspector General of Police (IGP) Bani Amin for his failure to arrest former President and head of ALL Pakistan Muslim League (APML) and action against the head of the security team of Rangers who escorted Musharraf to his farmhouse in Chak Shahzad.
Chairman Senate Nayyer Hussain Bokhari summoned Interior Minister Malik Habib Khan for Friday's session to have his viewpoint on the issue saying, "We want Interior Minister to come to the House to explain the situation and the position of the government regarding the arrest of Pervez Musharraf".
The House also deferred a resolution at the last moment when it was going to be moved by Senator Farhatullah Babar calling upon the caretaker set up to remove all portraits of Pervez Musharraf from public buildings.
Senator Zahid Khan of ANP deplored that the Supreme Court sent an elected Prime Minister home after his conviction but a dictator was given protocol after rejection of his bail. He viewed that PPP lawmaker Mian Raza Rabbani, like in the past, should introduce another resolution before the House asking the caretaker government to initiate Article 6 proceedings against Musharraf.
He sought suspension of IGP Islamabad as well as action against the head of the Rangers security alongwith Musharraf and asked Law Minister why the court order was not implemented.
PPP stalwart, Mian Raza Rabbani put a question before the House whether two kinds of laws exist in the country.
"In the past, PPP leader Benazir Bhutto was arrested many times, President Asif Ali Zardari was arrested from Governor House and Mian Nawaz Sharif was also arrested and SC took action against two PMs and one was sent home," he said.
He said a different scene was witnessed when former President’s bail was rejected and he reached home under the protection of State institutions.
"Now it is the testing time and very easy to indict a civilian," he said and blamed the caretaker government for providing protocol to Musharraf after his arrival at Karachi Airport.
Senator Farhatullah Babar took a lenient view and said he did not hold the caretaker government responsible for all this because it was as weak today as were previous civilian governments.
He also pointed out that two laws and double standards exist in the country, one for civilians and one for military personnel. He said, "31 July judgement of Supreme Court clearly states that Musharraf would be liable to be tried for high treason being a usurper and we can try him in the light of this judgement".
This is an occasion that civil society, Parliament and all should demand his trial with one voice and viewed that they should move step by step for this purpose, he said.
As a first point we should demand and call upon the government to remove Musharraf's portraits from all public buildings and he was about to read out the resolution to be moved before the House in this connection when chair asked him to consult with other parties.
Later, he did not move the resolution and left the House. Senator Mushahidullah Khan said that caretaker government should assure that Musharraf would not leave the country.
Saeed Ghani criticised judiciary what he said that it endorsed a number of steps of Musharraf in the past including his Presidential referendum and his election as a President while in uniform.
Senator Col (Retd) Tahir Hussain Mashhadi moved an adjournment motion in the House regarding extremely excessive loadshedding upto 18 hours faced by the country since the installation of the caretaker government.
Speaking on the motion, he said the country's industry especially in Punjab was at stand still due to loadshedding and suffering a lot.
He alleged that incompetent politicised people had been deputed at the helm of affairs who were responsible for all this fiasco of power outages.
The debate on the motion will continue and the Minister for Water and Power Dr Musaddaq Malik will conclude it.
Senator Kalsoom Perveen of Balochistan National Party-Awami (BNP-Awami) pointed out miseries of earthquake victims in Mashkil area of Balochistan and criticised ECP for de-notifying party President Israrullah Zehri in fake degree case.
Haji Adeel of ANP sought protection during the election campaign and said that his party was vulnerable to terrorists.
"Either we should be allowed to form our own militia or given protection," he said.
The House was adjourned till 10 am for Friday (today).