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Shujaat proposes amendment to replace 'traitor' in Article 6

08 January, 2014

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) President Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on Tuesday submitted a draft constitutional amendment in the Senate Secretariat for replacing the word traitor in Article 6 of the constitution.

He suggested similar changes in 1973 High Treason Act. Shujaat Hussain has strongly criticised the use of word traitor for Pervez Musharraf. He said that a former army chief of Pakistan could not be a traitor, as being a traitor means helping the enemy country against one's own country. In his draft amendment bill, Shujaat has said that the word traitor should be replaced by "constitutional violator" and also suggested similar changes in 1973 High Treason Act.

Shujaat had created ripples in the political scene of the country when he presented himself for trial under Article 6 of the constitution for supporting former military dictator Pervez Musharraf impose emergency on November 3, 2007. The PML-Q leader had claimed that along with Musharraf, former army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani and former chief justice of Pakistan (CJP) Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry also fall in the ambit of Article 6 for helping Musharraf on various occasions.

Shujaat Hussain-led PML-Q was created in 2002 general elections, a few years after Musharraf toppled the PML-N government. Shujaat has been Musharraf's boldest supporter contrary to the strongman's other allies of his time in power.

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