Islamabad, Jan.31 : President Pervez Musharraf is reported to have had an unannounced meeting in Davos with Saman Ahsan, the daughter of Aitzaz Ahsan, the president of the Pakistan Supreme Court Bar Association (PSCBA), and is believed to have told her to persuade her father to give up his opposition to his regime.
Saman, 30, works with the WEF in Geneva as project manager of the Council of 100 Leaders (C100), an initiative for dialogue between Muslims and the West, and according to her mother Bushra, she was not convinced with the views Musharraf put across.
According to the Dawn, the one-to-one meeting took place on the sidelines of this year's World Economic Forum on the initiative of Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the WEF, who is a friend of former Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.
Saman is reported to have told her friends and colleagues after the meeting that the president had asked her to convince her father "not to come in my way".
Bushra said the WEF executive chairman had raised the issues of democracy, removal and detention of independent judges and assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto in his meeting with the president and mentioned that the father of "one of my forum members is still in detention in Pakistan". This led to a meeting between the president and Saman.
She said that during the meeting the president levelled allegations against the deposed chief justice of Pakistan and referred to the Supreme Court's decision against a reference filed in this regard.