Musharraf should not be allowed safe exit: ex-generals(The News)

ISLAMABAD: As many as 26 senior retired Army officers, some of them teachers of General (retd) Pervez Musharraf, boldly demanded on Saturday that a safe exit to Musharraf must not be provided.

At a news conference, they said Musharraf should be held accountable for the Kargil debacle and the coup against the Constitution of Pakistan on October 12, 1999. The ex-Army officers also demanded that former prime minister Shaukat Aziz should be brought back to Pakistan to face an inquiry into the massive financial scams of wheat, cement, steel mill, stock exchange, writing off billions of rupee loans and many more.

Shaukat should also be held responsible for the worsening economic situation of the country, they said. After long deliberations, the retired Army officers demanded of the government to order an independent inquiry to fix the responsibility of Musharraf’s actions during the last eight years. They asked President Musharraf to immediately resign as the president and quit the Army House as now he was the single source of all the problems and palace intrigues, which were weakening and destabilising Pakistan.

The unexplained absence of the former Army chief General (retd) Mirza Aslam Beg from the venue of the meeting surprised everyone, as he had earlier given his word to the host to attend the meeting and become a part of the decisions.

But, at the last moment, General Beg could not join his former Army colleagues who had gathered to support other political parties and civil society to pressurise Musharraf to quit.

At least, 26 senior retired generals attended the meeting at the residence of Brig (retd) Mahmud though invitation was extended to about 36 officers. However, some invitees, including General Ali Quli Khan, General Talat Masood and others, who could not attend the meeting, told the participants that they fully supported their demands.

The meeting also took the following decisions:

1. No safe exit should be given to Pervez Musharraf. He should be held accountable for all his actions, which include abrogation of the Constitution and other matters, including Kargil. An independent inquiry be held to fix the responsibility of his deeds, during the last eight years.

2. We support the civilian control of armed forces but recommend that checks and balances be ensured so that the armed forces are not politicised.

3. Vacation of the Army House by Musharraf is a step in the right direction, which should have been done long ago. This is giving a wrong signal to the people, as if the Army is supportive of his unconstitutional deeds.

4. Restriction on AQ Khan should be lifted and he should be allowed to resume all his normal activities.

5. We urge to bring back Shaukat Aziz to face an independent inquiry on wheat, steel mill, stock exchange, writing off loans and other issues. He is mainly responsible for the worsening economic situation of the country and be made to account for his actions.

6. If any steps similar to November 3 are taken by Musharraf to destabilise the present political process, these will be resisted by ex-servicemen in association with civil society and lawyersí community and political parties.

7. He should, therefore, bow down before the will of the people and stop using the presidency for further intrigues. We urge that missing persons be traced and the process initiated by the chief justice earlier be further progressed.

8. Problems of common man be addressed by the government to provide essential relief to them.

9. The Working Group further decided that it would support the lawyersí movement actively. In this connection, the committee has been made to liaise with the legal community.

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Ex-Chairman Steel Mills exposes Shaukat-Musharraf corruption in the privatization issue

In Dr. Shahid Masood’s programme “Meray Mutabiq” on Geo News ex-chairman steel mills exposes the role of Shaukat Aziz and Pervaiz Musharraf in the privatization scandal.

In his interview General (R) Abdul Qayum also praised the SC at them time under Iftikhar Chudhary(The genuine CJP) and also demanded the resignation of Musharraf.

Below is the news related to the issue.

Ex-chief of Steel Mills spills the beans (The News)

RAWALPINDI: Former chief of the Steel Mills Lt Gen (retd) Abdul Qayyum has advised President General Pervez Musharraf not to exercise his powers under Article 58-2(b) to dissolve parliament or change the Army leadership, adding it would plunge the country into serious crises that too would not augur well for him.

General Qayyum said the best choice for General (retd) Pervez Musharraf is to quit power as, in his view, he (president) did not enjoy the support of any faction of the society.

Qayyum, who served in the Pakistan Army for 40 years with Pervez Musharraf, was responding to questions by Dr Shahid Masood in the popular Geo programme “Meray Mutabiq”.

He disclosed that differences between General (retd) Pervez Musharraf and deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry cropped up over the privatisation of the Steel Mills.

The ex-Steel Mills chief said when the case was being heard by a full court of the Supreme Court, President Musharraf called him (Justice Iftikhar) and asked as to what kind of remarks he (Musharraf) was hearing from him, adding the case should be decided in a manner that it does not cause any loss to the country. To this, Justice Iftikhar said, “You shouldn’t worry. I will decide the case in the best interest of the country.”

The next day when the Supreme Court judgment in the case came, it was totally against the expectations of the president. It was then that a row between the president and the then chief justice ensued.

General (retd) Abdul Qayyum said all the judges on the full court were very honest and competent. They thoroughly did their homework before presiding the court and would make queries to dig into the truth.

To a question, Qayyum said once the then prime minister Shaukat Aziz summoned him and asked him to record a statement in favour of privatisation of the Steel Mills before the Supreme Court. “In response we will accommodate you on a very lucrative post. I told him, Sir, by making me such an offer you have disgraced me,” General Qayyum said.

Lt Gen (retd) Abdul Qayyum further disclosed that once Shaukat Aziz called him on phone and asked him to engage Wasim Sajjad, Sharifuddin Pirzada and Abdul Hafiz Pirzada for the case. But I told him that I have engaged Kamal Azfar. They (Aziz) asked about the fee and I told him that he has engaged him for Rs 700,000 to which the then prime minister said that the Mills should pay Rs 6,200,000 to Wasim Sajjad, Rs 3,500,000 to Abdul Hafiz Pirzada and Sharifuddin Pirzada to be paid even above them.

The former chairman of the Steel Mills said he told Shaukat Aziz that the price of only land of the Steel Mills was Rs 40 billion whereas he was fixing the price of whole the project at Rs 21 billion. This is too low, he further informed the prime minister. He said the prime minister turned a deaf ear to his view and insisted to wrap up the deal before long.

Gen Qayyum said, “I then sent my written objections in a letter. He sent me an insulting answer saying that it falls under their purview.”

Gen Qayyum said painfully that he did not know the reserved price. Some people participating in the bidding did know it, he said.

Gen Qayyum expressed the view that Shaukat Aziz’s bad intention was involved in this matter and an FIR should be registered against him.

Replying to a question, Gen Qayyum said he had tried thrice to meet the president to discuss this matter but he was not granted time. “Then one day I received a phone call saying that I should consider myself out of the job.”

Those who violated Supreme Court Order of 3rd November will be punished–>Constitutional and Genuine CJP Iftikhar Chaudhary

Faisalabad: Constitutional and genuine Chief Justice of Pakistan has said that those who violated the 3rd November 2007 SC order will be punished.

While addressing the lawyers convention in Faisalabad CJP Iftikhar said its time for lawyers,civil society, political workers and the whole nation to decide which type of judiciary they want whether independent pre-3rd November or post-3rd November(unconstitutional and PCO whcih surrendered infront of the dictator) judiciary.

He said the demand for the restoration of the judiciary is in accordance with the SC decision of 3rd November 2007 and that the decisions in the future(in the related cases) will be taken in accordance with the 3rd November of SC decision which rejected the dictator’s PCO.

The convention was also addressed by President of SCBA Aitzaz Ahsan,Hamid Khan,Ali Ahmed Kurd,Munir A Malik,Mehmood ul Hassan and others who demanded the restoration of judiciary, condemned the minus one forumula,Zardari’s approach towards the issue and re-uttered their conviction with the movement and the call for 10 June long march.