Islamabad, Aug.21 (ANI): The Pakistan Muslim League - Nawaz (PML-N) has said it would continue its struggle for former President General Pervez Musharraf's trial despite the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) distancing itself from the issue.
"PML-N would pursue the issue, as it did in the case of restoration of judiciary, inside and outside parliament," leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said.
Khan said Musharraf was a national offender and the PPP should not forgive his crimes.
Responding to Khan's hard-hitting speech, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Dr. Babar Awan said his party believed in moving forward to the future rather than dwelling on the past, therefore, it has decided to forgive Musharraf.
In reply, Khan criticized the PPP for refusing to pursue a high treason case against the former general under Article 6 of the constitution.
The prime minister's speech yesterday has made it clear that the PPP is not ready to try the biggest violator of the constitution. It is very disappointing that this decision has been taken by the PPP, which is a signatory of the Charter of Democracy and a constitutionally elected government of the country," The Daily Times quoted Khan, as saying.
Meanwhile, Jamat-e-Islami (JI) chief Syed Munawar Hassan has said that both the PPP and PML-N have acquired identical policies regarding Musharraf's trial.
Hassan said both parties were abiding by US policies.
Referring to the reports about US' plans to send more Marines in Islamabad, Hassan said neither the ruling PPP nor the PML-N was concerned by Washington's expanding interference in the region.
"No body is concerned over the growing US interference in Islamabad while the deployment of US marines, as part of extension of US embassy in Islamabad, has jeopardized Pakistan's nuclear arms and nuclear program," he said. (ANI)