Pervez Musharraf calls for Martial law in Karachi

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012 1:20:59 by

Former president of Pakistan, General (Retd) Pervez Musharraf has called for imposing a martial law in Karachi to purge the country’s largest city and hub of economic activities of illegal weapons.


Expressing his views during an interview to a private news channel, he opined that a lieutenant general should be made martial law administrator in the city.


Musharraf, however, said that Pakistan Army should not take the lead, but one of its generals should monitor the operation done by Rangers. ‘


He asserted indiscriminate action for complete de-deionization of the city. The former president also said that the action must be owned by the government and Supreme Court of Pakistan.


General Musharraf – who led Pakistan as both dictator and democratically elected president – said the charges against him are politically motivated. He stands accused of conspiracy to murder Benazir Bhutto and treason. Ms Bhutto was assassinated in December 2007 while on the campaign trail.


He noted, “All the cases against me are absolutely politicised and therefore whatever warrants that are issued are not because the cases are proven because I have not appeared in the court. Legally and constitutionally there are no cases against me.”


There is scepticism about whether he will actually go back. A trip to Pakistan last January, to launch his second coming as a politician, was cancelled at the last minute. His detractors say he is not prepared to face the very real risk of imprisonment and arrest.

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