A day after PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif urged the government to expedite the extradition of ailing former military dictator Pervez Musharraf to Pakistan, opposition and ruling senators debated whether to allow the ex-president’s release. come back
The retired general has been hospitalized for the past few weeks. He suffered from amyloidosis, a rare disease in which an abnormal protein called amyloid accumulates in organs and tissues throughout the body.
After news broke of his frail condition, the PML-N giants have expressed their willingness to allow his return.
Today (Wednesday) at the House of Representatives, PPP senator and former Prime Minister Yousaf Raja Gilani said, “When he left (the country), could you stop him? Can you stop him? Will he come back?”
“We’re not going to make these decisions, we’re going to make them elsewhere,” he said.
While Musharraf was still in Pakistan, the senator went on to say, “I forgave him.” “If Pervez Musharraf wants to come back, he can do it. Pakistan is his hometown,” Gillani said.
But everyone should be treated equally.”
Late on Tuesday night, Nawaz Sharif tweeted that Musharraf “has no personal antagonism or hostility” and that he doesn’t want anyone else to go through the trauma he had to endure for the sake of his loved ones.
His statement came after Pakistani forces confirmed that Musharraf’s family was in contact with the military over his return to Pakistan. Inter-Services Public Relations Director General Babar Iftikhar said the former dictator’s return to Pakistan from the UAE was a decision made by his family and doctors.
“Institutions and leadership have the position that he should return,” he added.
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But today’s Senate meeting reflected the split in politicians over Musharraf’s return.
Opening the discussion topic, Senator Jamaat-i-Islami Mushtaq Ahmad Khan recalled that Pakistan’s constitution was a victim of many injustices. “We are disabled. Our hands and feet are tied. We are just slaves.”
He said Musharraf was “the master of black and white” for ten years. “He broke the Constitution twice and killed the judiciary. The former Chief Justice of Pakistan was drawn to his hair… The decision of the Peshawar High Court is before you,” said Mushtaq Khan.
He argued that prison doors should be opened and courts should be closed because the judiciary “will not be needed” if Musharraf returns.
Senator Raza Rabbani agreed that Musharraf had committed several atrocities. But he said, “It’s okay if you want to come back because you’re not in good health.”
But he pointed out that he could not speak on behalf of the party. “The situation is very different for those convicted by the court under Article 6 of the Constitution (treason),” said the Democratic Progressive Party leader. It is very inappropriate to bury such a person in the state,” he added.
Meanwhile, PTI Senator Ejaz Chaudhary has called for the law to work. He said, “Anyone who has gone abroad for Pervez Musharraf or medical treatment must return and the law must take appropriate action.”
He added that a nation would only grow when the rule of law was equal for all.
PML-N Senator Irfan Siddiqui had a similar opinion. “What Nawaj Sharif said is based on individual ability. If the constitution and laws are strong, let them pave the way.”
“If it’s not in Pakistan, Musharraf will go somewhere else,” he added.
JUI-F leader Maulana Abdul Ghafoor Haideri also stressed that the retired general is now fighting for his life and it is not fair to prevent him from returning to Pakistan. He added, “Nawaz Sharif also left for treatment.”