Published On: Tue, Dec 31st, 2013
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I leave my treason trial issue on COAS Raheel Sharif: Musharraf

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ISLAMABAD: Former president General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf said he leaves his treason trial issue to the incumbent Chief of the Army Staff (COAS), General Raheel Sharif.

In an interview to a foreign news agency on Monday, Musharraf said, “I would say the whole army is upset. Certainly, they wouldnt like anything happening to their ex-army chief.

In the same breath he also made it clear that army was not his last hope.

To a question regarding support form the incumbent COAS Raheel, he said, “Though the army chief has the final word but the top brass always goes through due a consultation before an important decision is taken. Lets see what the COAS General Raheel Sharif does in this case.

Earlier, talking to media Sunday Musharraf said that he held current army chief General Raheel Sharif in “high esteem and called him a “straight dealer.”

He said he had tremendous support in the US, while saying that he did not expect the US to offer any public support for his legal situation.

Calling the treason trial a frame-up, Musharraf said he hoped the independent judiciary and the Supreme Court of Pakistan would do justice in his case.

Boasting about his tenure as the president of Pakistan, Musharraf claimed that not only the army but also the laymen remember his reforms, which put the country on the road to progress.

“My economic reforms alleviated the poverty to a level unparalleled by past regimes. During my time someone who could only afford to buy a motorcycle became able to own a car”, the former president said.

After having done so much for the development and welfare of the people, is this what I deserve

It is pertinent to mention here that Musharraf faces trial on treason accusations for actions taken while president from 2001 to 2008. He returned from exile in March and was charged under the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whom Musharraf deposed in a 1999 coup.

Pakistan Army has not made any direct public comment on the case. But it is thought to be reluctant to have its former chief suffer the indignity of trial by a civilian court.