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PPP questions army's silence on Musharraf's claim

04 January, 2014

ISLAMABAD: A PPP legislator in Senate on Friday expressed suspicion that the army is unhappy over the high treason trial of former military dictator Pervez Musharraf and that is why the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) has not issue any clarification over Musharraf's claim that the army is upset over his trial.

But leader of the House in the Senate Raja Zafarul Haq said the ISPR does not need to issue any statement on the proceedings of the treason case. He said Defence Minister Khawaja Asif had already issued a statement over this matter. PPP's Senator Farhatullah Babar said, "We expected a statement from the government or the ISPR after these assertions by Pervez Musharraf."

He noted the ISPR had issued a statement over a political statement of Jamaat-e-Islami chief Munawar Hassan, and therefore it should issue a statement over Musharraf's assertions too. He stated that the claim by Musharraf that the trial was not against him but against the institution of Army had raise doubts, which need clarification. "This needs to be explained," he said, and added that a clarification should have been issued by the ISPR.

Answering a point of order by Senator Farhatullah Babar, leader of the House said there is no difference between the government and army, and observed that the defence minister had already issued a statement on this matter. He said Khawaja Asif had clearly stated that nobody should try to drag Army into the matter and "there is no need for any statement by the ISPR". He requested the Chair to "set the issue at rest".

Continuing the debate over Mian Raza Rabbani's motion on discussion over law and order, ANP's Senator Haji Mohammad Adeel said the government's policy over the matter is not clear. He claimed that no appropriate measures were in place to stop militancy across the country, especially in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He said the PTI stopped NATO supply, which was totally against the international commitments. He questioned the federal government's "total silence" over stoppage of NATO supply through Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

About peace talks with Taliban, Adeel said the government has neither continued the peace talks nor has taken any action against the militants. "Sensitive installations were targeted but still there is lack of proper government policy to deal with terrorists," he said.

Adeel claimed that the whole country was being run by a family and few friends of its members. He also claimed that the prime minister and his brother went on an official visit to Turkey, China and other places to boost their personal businesses instead of increasing the country's trade. The ANP leader said parliament was by-passed in major decisions and the prime minister had not even bothered to come to the National Assembly or Senate, which is a total violation of 18th Amendment.

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