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An army chief can't be a traitor: Shujaat

03 January, 2014

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LAHORE: Pakistan Muslim League (PML) President Senator Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has said that the army chief cannot be a traitor, says a press release on Thursday.

On a question from the media about Musharraf's treason case, he said that the word 'traitor' was used for those who join the enemies of the country and this word should not be used against a former head of the Pakistan Army.

He said that the case against General (retd) Pervez Musharraf should not be linked with his illness as nothing would come out of this case because it was politically motivated and there was no need for it on this occasion.

He said that he was not a legal expert but the stance of the ex-army chief's lawyers was correct when they demanded Musharraf's case should be heard by a military court.

On a question about General (retd) Musharraf's illness, Ch Shujat Hussain said that he had not talked to Musharraf for many years but he had a discussion with his doctor, General Azhar Kayani who confirmed that he had a heart ailment but he was now out of danger.

He said the real issue of the country was dearness of essential and other articles and he demanded convening a round-table conference of all political parties and it would be appropriate if the media should give attention to dearness and other public issues.

On a question about consultation regarding emergency, he said that Pervez Musharraf had consulted all. Ch Shujaat Hussain said that he had never changed his views about Lal Masjid as he was saying now what he had claimed earlier. About support of Pervez Musharraf in the army and the people, he said that there must be his supporters as his statement about army was denied by the army.

Online adds: Pervez Musharraf's lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri said that his client is a national asset and soon his difficulties would be over.

Talking to media outside the special court, Kasuri said Pervez Musharraf had spent his entire life as a commando and he was not a man who would run away from difficulties if he had been a coward he would have never returned to the country.

He said his client was on his way to court but suddenly felt chest pain therefore shifted to military hospital.Kasuri said Akram Sheikh had links with Nawaz Sharif and was not behaving like a prosecutor but 'persecutor' and wanted Musharraf to be sentenced at any cost.

He said job of prosecutor was to help the court but in this case prosecutor was making complexity.Kasuri said that his client would be freed soon as allegations against him were totally baseless.He said that anyone who had doubts about Musharraf's ill health, they should themselves go to the hospital and see him.

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