ISLAMABAD - A senior lawmaker of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Tuesday presented a 10-point charge sheet against the former president General (R) Pervez Musharraf in the Senate demanding of his own government to arrest him immediately upon landing in Pakistan.
He said a person who abrogated the Constitution and bulldozed the rights of the people was publicly announcing that he would come back. “Federal government should register an FIR against him for violating Article 6 of the Constitution.
Presenting the 10-point charge sheet, he said Musharraf sacked and arrested judges and imposed emergency on November 3, 2007 that was later on declared illegal by the apex court and Parliament did not rectify it through 18th Amendment. “His complicity in the assassination cases of Benazir Bhutto and Baloch leader Akbar Bugti is crystal clear,” he added.
Rabbani told the House that Musharraf was the person who handed over Shamsi Airbase to foreigners without a written agreement.
He questioned if it was not the breach of national security what else would you call it. He held Pervez Musharraf responsible for missing persons, launching operation in Balochistan and imposition of anti-labour laws in the country. He accused him for pitching the federating units against one another. He said that after these 10 points, there was no justification for not trying him under Article 6.
Other lawmakers in the House also endorsed the views of Raza Rabbani. Dr Khalid Somroo making some addition in 10-point charge sheet said Musharraf was also responsible for the murder of dozens of Jamia Hafsa students in the capital. Raja Zafarul Haq criticised Musharraf for issuing statement that he would support if army would intervene while Zahid Khan accused him for his involvement in the May 6 Karachi killings.
Federal Law Minister Maula Bux Chandio could not lay the 20th Constitutional Amendment Bill, 2012 before the House when Leader of the House Syed Nayyer told the chair he had been conveyed from the government that law minister had resigned from his post. Responding to a question of Dr Safdar Abbasi that who was the law minister at the moment, he said that he had informed the House exactly what had been conveyed to him and knew nothing else.
A Balochistan lawmaker Hamayun Khan Mandokhel staged a protest walkout from the House over the non-implementation of Aghaz-e-Haqooq-e-Balochistan Package (AHBP) and the denial of giving gas facilities to Balochistan areas despite the fact that Balochistan was one of the major gas-producing provinces. He also protested the non-provision of electricity to remote areas of the province. The Senator later staged a sit-in outside the Parliament House. He said that under the Constitution, any federating unit had the first usage right over its resources but gas facility had been provided to only three or four cities of the province while the other provinces were benefiting from it.
Chairman Senate welcomed the delegation of parliamentarians comprising both the houses of Indian Parliament on their arrival in the visitors’ gallery during the house proceedings. Each lawmaker of all the parliamentary parties in the House welcomed the delegation amid the demand that the solution of Kashmir and water issues were necessary to maintain good, friendly and long-lived relations with the neighbouring country. The senators demanded that Pakistan’s disputes with India should be resolved keeping in view the UN resolutions and International laws. They said both countries should try to defuse tensions abiding by the rule of co-existence. Professor Khurshid Ahmed of JI urged the need for the solution of Kashmir and water issues with India saying this would only pave way for permanent friendship relations with it and politicians on both sides should play their role. Raja Zafarul Haq of PML-N said that political will was necessary for the solution of these problems. Leader of the House Syed Nayyer Hussain Bokhari urged the need that both the countries should look forward for the solution of disputes through dialogue.
Professor Khurshid Ahmed and Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri drew the attention of the chair towards the continuity of drone attacks after Salala Checkpost incident in border areas of the country.
The House also unanimously adopted two separate condolence resolutions on the sad demise of ex-house members Pir Pagara and Kamran Khan while Qari Mohammad Abdullah, newly elected senator in place of Azam Khan Swati on JUI-F seat took oath as member of the House. The house also offered Fateha for teen-ager IT software genius Arfa Karim Randhawa and other deceased who martyred in the recent incidents of terrorism in different parts of the country.
Senator Kalsoom Perveen drew the attention of the chair towards a news item published in the press about the salaries and perks and privileges enjoyed by lawmakers what he termed that figures had been exaggerated in the story before the house was adjourned till Wednesday at 4 pm.