Published On: Mon, Jan 6th, 2014
Published in Category: Islamabad

Musharraf has become a sore threat for government or what: Observers

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ISLAMABAD: Following an alleged cardiac arrest, diverting former President Pervez Musharraf to AFIC (Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology) observers have raised the pertinent question of “whether Musharraf has become a sore threat for government or vice versa?

The upcoming visit of Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud Al Faisal, scheduled for Monday is also touted as quite important, while observers keeping a close watch on the scenario discern quite a conflict even within ruling party, who seem to be quite helpless over the issue of this former dictator.

One such definite proof of this helplessness is Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s statement whence taking easy cover of Constitutional obligations he ladled the entire onus over the judiciary; since “Nation and Constitution are party to the issue, Court would decide its verdict”, he stated.

This falls into sharp contrast with defence minister Khawaja Asif’s statement, openly declaring government as a party against Musharraf in the case. Musharraf’s wife also tried to extricate him from ECL (exit control list) but has so far failed, but its approval under further stronger pressures cannot be ruled out.

Many PML-N leaders have also expressed their reservations over what they term as yet another harmful confrontation , and want PM to seek an easy way out to ‘discard this thorn’ at the first available opportunity. Even PTI chairman Imran Khan’s silence over the issue is quite meaningful.

Khawaja Asif has recently rejected Musharraf’s statement that he (Musharraf) had Army’s support, while opposition leader Syed Khurshid Shah wants Army to clarify its position, since any silence would entail a silent consent.

Observers also believe that Saudi foreign minister or, and military leadership could play an important part in the controversy, as any extension of the problem could create another insecurity and imbroglio in a Nation already swamped in crisis.
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