Oppn to challenge Mush's uniform in SC
Islamabad, Aug 13: Pakistan opposition parties have rested hopes with the Supreme Court and expects it to take action if government opts to allow President General Pervez Musharraf to extend his military service through the act of the parliament.
The opposition leaders said that attitude of Pakistan's judiciary had changed now and it would not go against the Constitution to facilitate a dictator, The Nation newspaper reported today, quoting Secretary General of Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) Zafar Iqbal Jhagra.
He said the Constitution had clear provisions about involvement of a government official into politics and General Musharraf would have to wait for two years for contesting Presidential elections after taking off his uniform.
Attorney General Malik Mohammad Qayyum Saturday said a simple waiver by Parliament through an Act would be sufficient to allow General Pervez Musharraf to retain his uniform after his re-election as President.
Jhagra said if the government tried to violate this provision and redesign the Constitution through the Act of Parliament, the petitions would be filed in the Supreme Court of Pakistan and an intervention of the court would be pleaded.
He said the government was 'ridiculing' the Constitution and democracy to benefit a dictator.
Another senior leader of PML-N Raja Zafar-ul-Haq said opposition was fully ready to involve Supreme Court in the issue and would file a petition against the process as soon as they bring proposals to the assembly.
''General Pervez Musharraf is disqualified for presidential elections, whether or not he is in uniform, we will struggle against him,'' he said.
The Secretary General of Pakistan Peoples Party Parliamentarians Raja Pervez Ashraf also confirmed that his party was ready to go to Supreme Court once the government takes the action.
He said PPP had a clear stance that it would not allow General Musharraf to get re-elected in uniform and if he takes any step to do so, they would go to the Supreme Court against the action.
President Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) Qazi Hussain Ahmed has also expressed same views on different occasions and Chairman Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan has already announced full-fledged protest against General Musharraf's re-election as President.