Bilawal Bhutto on Nawaz Sharif: no comment

Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the Leader of the centre-left Pakistan Peoples Party.“ I am neither a lawyer nor a judge that’s why I am not commenting it whether PM Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by SC on strong or weak ground” he added.

He further added that rule of law is supreme concern of his party and we will continue our struggle in this regard for the ensuring the law in the country. Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from office on July 28 over undeclared assets, plunging the nuclear-armed South Asian nation into political turmoil after a period of relative stability.

Sharif swiftly resigned, his party is planning to bring in an interim prime minister for a few weeks before electing Nawaz’s younger brother Shehbaz Sharif to the post.

 

 

The military establishment has alternatively used constitutional manipulation and direct takeovers to keep the civilian leaders in line. In this, it has invariably been supported by the top judiciary.
During this period, the military has developed a huge business and industrial empire which it runs from within, with little or no interference from the state authority.
Many believe this empire can only last as long as the military is able to control some crucial domestic and foreign policy areas, such as relations with India, Afghanistan and the West, or the political narrative and propagation of a particular type of patriotism at home.
For this, they say, the military has often raised and protected politicians who agree with its world view.
But politics has its own dynamics. Once leaders have entered the mainstream, they feel more compelled to increase economic and other opportunities for their voters. This has often forced successive Pakistani leaders to try to normalise relations with India and other neighbours in the region.

 

 

[January 30 Bilawal will contest parliamentary by-election ]

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PPP Co-chairman Bilawal Bhutto will contest a by-election for a parliamentary seat from Larkana, the hometown of the Bhutto family in Sindh province.

“Bhutto will be the leader of the opposition and I will assist him as his adviser while his father will also guide him on parliamentary politics,” Khursheed Shah, 64, told journalists in Sukkur, Sindh province January 26.

Bilawal is the son of former President Asif Ali Zardari and the slain prime minister Benazir Bhutto, and the grandson of late prime minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

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Updated: Jan 25, 2017,:Pakistan’s former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Zaheerul Islam today claimed that there is no proof of Jamaat-ud-Dawa’s involvement in the 2008 Mumbai attacks that led to the killings of over 150 people
Appointed on the recommendation of then President Asif Ali Zardari in March 2012, Islam became the 18th director general of the ISI. He has remained mostly out of the spotlight and yet, he manages to cast a shadow over many major events in the last few years
Islam has a strong military background; his father, brothers and brother-in-law had also served in the army. His uncle, Shah Nawaz, was a major general in the Indian National Army, led by Subhas Chandra Bose, and was captured and detained by the British briefly in the early 1940s.

August 10 2015 Bilawal convoy visits Sukkur Barrage ]

ISLAMABAD: The dictatorship of former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf was better than the democracy of Nawaz Sharif, said PTI Chairman Imran Khan,
Imran khan chairman pti speech in pti azadi march Islamabad 11 september 2014.

[September 9 Hearing adjourned to October 13

Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao, Aftab’s elder brother, Hayat Khan Sherpao, was one of the founding members of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and a close lieutenant of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Hayat Khan was killed in 1975 in a bomb blast in University of Peshawar.   After the 2008 elections, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao decided to break away from his PPP legacy and formed the Qaumi Watan Party by merging his party with disgruntled leftists and Pakhtun nationalists.

Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao
, Aftab’s elder brother, Hayat Khan Sherpao, was one of the founding members of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and a close lieutenant of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. Hayat Khan was killed in 1975 in a bomb blast in University of Peshawar. After the 2008 elections, Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao decided to break away from his PPP legacy and formed the Qaumi Watan Party by merging his party with disgruntled leftists and Pakhtun nationalists.

Pervez Musharraf on September 8 did not appear before an anti-terrorism court in a case relating to the 2006 murder of elderly Baloch leader Nawab Akbar Bugti, citing poor health.
Gen. Musharraf’s lawyer told reporters that his client was not keeping good health and could not travel to Quetta for the hearing.While Gen. Musharraf did not appear for the hearing, two of his guarantors — former Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Sherpao and former Home Minister Balochistan Shoaib Nowsherwani — did.

Judge of ATC-1 Nazeer Ahmed Langove adjourned the hearing for October 13.

September 9 viewing the volatility of the situation in the federal capital, Court postponed hearing ]

Pakistani Protesters Ransack State Television Headquarters.

Pakistani Protesters Ransack State Television Headquarters.

The hearing of high treason case against former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf was adjourned on September 2 until September 9.

It should be mentioned here that the judges, viewing the volatility of the situation in the federal capital, postponed the hearing without being solicited to do so.

According to sources, the prosecution and Musharraf’s counsels were formally informed about the decision.

[July 21 Military leadership as a whole not hostile to legal action against Musharraf?]

 Special Assistant to prime minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui

Special Assistant to prime minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui

Special Assistant to prime minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui has said that the military leadership as a whole was not hostile to legal action against Musharraf. “Only few people, who are close associates of Musharraf, want to give him a safe passage,” he said, adding that countries cannot be run on the personal whims of a few individuals.

[June 29 Sindh High Court: General Pervez Musharraf on the Exit Control List struck down but order stayed]

Special Anti Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad June 27 directed the defense counsel to submit medical report of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf before the court on July 11 in judges’ detention case.

[june 12]

Presiding judge Muhammad Ali Mazhar of the Sindh High Court in Karachi said the ban ‘placing the name of retired General Pervez Musharraf on the Exit Control List is struck down’. A two-member high court bench comprising Justice Mohammad Ali Mazhar and Justice Shahnawaz announced the decision on Musharraf’s plea.
“The operation of the judgement is suspended for 15 days so that the respondent (the government) may file appeal before the Supreme Court.”
Musharraf has said he wants the travel ban lifted so that he can visit his sick mother in Dubai, but many in Pakistan see it as a ruse to flee the country and avoid the litany of criminal cases dating back to his 1999-2008 rule.

[June 10]

The Islamabad police have completed the challan in the murder of Allama Abdul Rashid Ghazi, Naib Khateeb (deputy cleric) Lal Mosque, and his mother, and submitted it in the court of Additional Sessions Judge Wajid Ali. . It was written in the challan that there was no direct evidence of Musharraf’s involvement in Lal Masjid operation. “On a point of principle one would support the trial of Gen Musharraf for acting extra-constitutionally (but definitely not for his action against militants who had taken over the capital’s Lal Masjid).”Dawn

[April 13]
Since Defence Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif and Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafiq made some hard-hitting comments about Mr Musharraf, their colleagues in the cabinet have been clarifying that they had not uttered “a word against the army”.

Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid also dismissed the reports about any differences between the Nawaz government and the army. As the All Pakistan Muslim League demanded resignation of Khawaja Asif for his diatribe against Mr Musharraf, the information minister said there was no demand from the army to send the defence minister packing.

PML-Q chief Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has called for action under the Constitution against the PML-N ministers for what he called defaming the army.

March 31]

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In the southern port city of Karachi, the financial capital of Pakistan, many among the educated and liberal are nostalgic about Musharraf’s rule.

cabinet have been clarifying that they had not uttered “a word against the army”.Pervez Musharraf, former Pakistani president and Chief of the Army Staff was charged with issuing an unconstitutional and unlawful order on November, 3, 2007 at Rawalpindi as Chief of the Army Staff, called the “Proclamation of Emergency Order, 2007” which held the Constitution in abeyance. He subverted the Constitution and committed the offence of high treason punishable under section 2 of the High Treason (Punishment) Act, 1973. Musharraf has also been charged with issuing the Provisional Constitution Order No.1 of 2007 which empowered the President to amend the Constitution from time to time, apart from suspending Fundamental Rights enshrined in Articles 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19 and 25 of the Constitution. On the same day he issued an Oath of Office (Judges) Order, 2007 whereby an oath was introduced in the Schedule which required a judge to abide by the provisions of the Proclamation of Emergency dated November 3, 2007 and the Provisional Constitutional Order of the same date. This order resulted in the removal of numerous judges of the superior courts including the Chief Justice of Pakistan. Musharraf is also being charged for amending the Constitution and some of its provisions and subverting it.
The general became a target of ire for Islamist groups when he allied with the US in its “war on terror” and invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 – but he has loyal supporters in Pakistan, as well. They say that during Musharraf’s time in power, Pakistan’s economy prospered and enjoyed better security. In the southern port city of Karachi, which is also the “financial capital” of Pakistan, many among the educated and liberal are nostalgic about Musharraf’s rule.
The indictment on treason charges is historic for Pakistan, marking the first time that a military ruler of the country has been investigated or indicted on such charges. The special court has held several hearings since being constituted in November 2013, and its investigations have now culminated in Monday’s indictment. Pervez Musharraf will face the death penalty if found guilty.

In the court room in Islamabad on Monday, Musharraf was read the indictment by the three-member bench, led by Justice Faisal Arab. The special court has been hearing arguments pertaining to the dismissal of judges and suspension of the constitution by Musharraf on November 3, 2007. Musharraf has denied all the charges, alleging that the case is politically motivated.

His lawyers asked the court to authorise travel to the United Arab Emirates so he could visit his mother and travel to the US for medical treatment. The court dismissed the request, saying it was up to the government to decide whether Musharraf could leave the country. Musharraf came to power in a bloodless coup in 1999, deposing then-prime minister Nawaz Sharif.

[March 24]

Akram Sheikh, the chief prosecutor in a high treason case against General (retd) Pervez Musharraf maintains the court would have to frame charges against Musharraf in his presence and then he might be exempted from appearance. Musharraf said he would not appear on March 31 and the court would frame charges against the accused in his absence. After finally getting Musharraf in court 18 February 2014, the judge refused demands by the prosecutor Akram Sheikh for an immediate indictment. Instead the court will rule whether it has jurisdiction to hear the case. That means Musharraf will have to return to court, potentially creating another period of uncertainty about whether he will turn up.

Many legal experts believe Musharraf will struggle to defend himself and is hoping the case will become mired in controversy, forcing the government to either drop the charges or agree to some face-saving deal that will allow him to return to a life in exile abroad.

[January 5]
Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, in his press conference January 3, said: “At one time, it appeared that an important breakthrough was in sight.” After a meeting in New Delhi in 2005, India and Pakistan, in a joint statement, had said that the peace process between the two countries was “irreversible”.

“Events in Pakistan, for example, the fact that General Musharraf had to make way for a different set-up, I think that led to the process not moving further.”
“The prime minister said there was almost an agreement on Kashmir. When Pervez Musharraf said this, we did not believe him… but now the prime minister has said so.”

Musharraf’s wife yesterday filed a request before the government, asking his name to be removed from the Exit Control List that will enable him to travel abroad for treatment even as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made it clear that his fate will be decided by the Court.

The reports of the medical tests of Musharraf have been sent to the experts for further examination in the UK. There is intense speculation that Musharraf is likely to be flown out of the country for treatment. His detractors say the military is supporting him though there has not been any public support by the armed forces.
[January 4]
`Now the ball is in the court of the doctors.If they allowed him then Musharraf will appear before the court on Jan 6, otherwise their medical certificate will be presented,` he said.

According to AFP, Mr Kasuri said: `No one can challenge the doctors` report -if the doctors advise to take him abroad for medical treatment then the doctors` opinion will be carried out.
[January 3]
Doctors will decide whether Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Musharraf must go abroad for treatment after suffering a heart problem on the way to his treason trial,

on December 2 one newspaper reported that the foreign minister of Saudi Arabia was arriving to discuss this issue with the government.

The government did not help quell the rumours. While its representatives kept insisting that it had not given Musharraf the permission to travel abroad (hisname is still placed on the exit control list), some of them also pointed out that the former dictator was in the custody of the courts and not the government.

`The ball is in the adalat`s court,` said a cabinet member in a primetime talk show.

[July 10]

Authorities said initial investigations showed it was a suicide attack.

Security forces cordoned off the area in the Guru Mandir neighbourhood in central Karachi, following Wednesday’s bombing.

A police escort was accompanying Mr Sheikh’s white armoured car when the attack took place.

Officials said the bomber was thought to have followed the vehicles and detonated the explosives when the security chief stopped to get out of his car.

“It seems that the suicide attacker walked up to Sheikh’s vehicle and blew himself up outside the front passenger seat of the vehicle where Sheikh was seated,” police officer Raja Umar Khattab said.

[May 31]

Shahzada Iftikharuddin, present MNA Chitral, son of Shahzada Muhiuddin, great-grand son of Mehtar Shuja-ul-Mulk.

Shahzada Iftikharuddin, present MNA Chitral, son of Shahzada Muhiuddin, great-grand son of Mehtar Shuja-ul-Mulk.

APML candidate Ghulam Mohammad won the PK-90 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly seat.

APML candidate Ghulam Mohammad won the PK-90 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly seat.

Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf’s party, the All Pakistan Muslim League (APML), managed to win one seat each – its first since it was formed – in the National Assembly and the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial assembly.

Despite the party announcing a boycott of the elections, APML candidate Shehzada Iftikhar-ud-Din the party’s candidates from Chitral decided to stay in the fray and won the NA-32 Chitral seat by around 20,000 votes,. APML candidate Ghulam Mohammad won the PK-90 Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly seat.

Shot dead from a motorbike, multiple gunshots

APML Shehzada Iftikhar-ud-Din from Chitral

All Party Muslim League , the party of former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf, on May 3 announced it will boycott next week’s historic election. “We think that under the present election commission, conduct of free and fair election is not possible, so we have decided to boycott it,” a spokesperson said, adding that 170 party candidates had withdrawn.

Pervez Musharraf detained at his farmhouse at Chak Shahzad on the outskirts of Islamabad

Pervez Musharraf detained at his farmhouse at Chak Shahzad on the outskirts of Islamabad

Mustard growing in Chak Shahzad farm, similar to ones advertised for usd $2,235,000

Mustard growing in Chak Shahzad farm, similar to ones advertised for usd $2,235,000

A lawyer leading the effort to prosecute Pakistan’s former military dictator, Pervez Musharraf, over the murder of Benazir Bhutto has been shot dead in Islamabad as he was driving to court.

Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, a state prosecutor for the Federal Investigation Agency, died in a hail of bullets on Friday when his car was attacked by unidentified gunmen riding on motorbikes as he was travelling through a busy street in the Pakistani capital, police said.

He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died of his injuries.

Ali had been acting as a state prosecutor in one of the cases against Musharraf, the former coup leader who returned to Pakistan in March for what has been a disastrous bid to contest seats in the country’s general elections.

Ali argued in court that Musharraf, who is under house arrest, should not be allowed bail in a case where he is accused of conspiring to murder Bhutto, the former two-time prime minister of Pakistan who was killed in a gun and suicide attack at an election rally in 2007.

Musharraf, it is claimed, failed to use his powers as president at the time to provide sufficient security for Bhutto.

Ali was due to appear at the anti-terrorism court in the nearby city of Rawalpindi on Friday in connection with the case.
[April 22]
Musharraf’s lawyer Qamar Afzal argued that his client should be kept in judicial custody as there were serious threats to his life.
Sources told PTI that authorities had asked for Musharraf to be placed in judicial custody as this would allow the administration of Islamabad to declare his farmhouse at Chak Shahzad a ‘sub-jail’ and detain him there.
Authorities have been focussing on this measure as officials are not keen on holding Musharraf at a jail due to threats to his life.

[March 24]

ISI Chief Zaheer ul Islam

ISI Chief Zaheer ul Islam

Ahmed Shuja Pasha, Pervez Musharraf

Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has arrived back in Pakistan, ending four years of self-imposed exile and defying death threats.

A protection detail of heavily armed commandos met him after his plane from Dubai touched down in Karachi airport. A mass rally in the city was cancelled.
[March 23]
Pervez Musharraf plans to fly on a commercial airline into Karachi on March 24, then attend a rally that will include Pakistani expatriates from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates, he has said in a statement. He plans to lead his political party into Pakistan’s general elections slated for May.

Tehrik-i-Taliban will send out a “death squad” to kill him, a spokesman for the terrorist group said March 23. In 1999, the then-chief of Pakistan’s army became its president in a bloodless military coup. He remained in power until resigning in 2008 — a period that included the U.S.-led invasion of neighboring Afghanistan.
Lieutenant-General Zaheer ul-Islam (Urdu: ﻇﻬﻴﺮ ﺍﻹﺳﻼﻡ‎)HI(M) is the current Director-General of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI); he was appointed to the position on 9 March 2012. Islam took over the position from his predecessor Ahmed Shuja Pasha, who left on 18 March
[January 24 2012]
Pakistan’s ISI chief Lt Gen Ahmed Shuja Pasha held a secret meeting with former military ruler Pervez Musharraf in Dubai and advised him not to return to the country, according to a media report.
“Gen Pasha… held a meeting with (Musharraf) in Dubai and advised him not to return to the country as the situation is not conducive for his return,”
The channel quoted its sour­ces as saying that Pasha “strictly advised” Musharraf not to return to Pakistan from self-exile. The report said it was not clear whether the meeting was held on the directions of the Pakistan People’s Party-led government or if it was a private meeting.

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