Musharraf says dismissal of CJ was 'constitutional and legal'

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Islamabad, July 25 (ANI): Former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf has defended his action of dismissing Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry in March 2007, saying the decision was absolutely 'constitutional and legal'

He, however, admitted that the handling of the situation at that time was "shabby".

"I don't blame myself because I don't get into the nitty gritty of which Deputy Superintendent of Police was rude to him. Some cars were taken away or something of that sort. Now, I am not passing such orders at all," Musharraf said

In an interview with the CNN-IBN, the former military ruler, for the first time, admitted that there was a secret "understanding" between him and former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto which facilitated her return to the country in October 2007.

Musharraf said that had Bhutto been alive today, she would have been the country's Prime Minister and he the President, The Dawn reports.

"There was an understanding. I did talk to her, yes. I had been talking to her twice. She was not supposed to come back before the elections," he said.

Commenting on the current political situation in Pakistan, Musharraf said the scenario has become a lot more complicated and believed that the Zardari government has only added to the complications

Musharraf also endorsed President Barack Obama's views that the Zardari government is fragile and unable to address the country's problems.

"At the moment yes. That is correct. That is happening," said Musharraf. (ANI)

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