Musharraf alone cannot be prosecuted under high treason charges : Gilani

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Islamabad, Sep.17 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has once again said that prosecuting former President General Pervez Musharraf under high treason charges was not feasible as such a step could have repercussions on several other people also.

Gilani said that Article Six of the Constitution could not be applied to Musharraf alone as there were several leaders who had backed the former general's November 3,2007 actions.

"I have no love lost for Musharraf ... if parliament decides to try him, I will be with parliament. Article 6 cannot be applied to one individual those who supported him are today in my cabinet and some of them have also joined the PML-N ... the MMA, the MQM and the PML-Q supported him, this is why I have said that it is not doable, Gilani told media persons during an Iftaar party here.

Responding to a query regarding President Asif Ali Zardari's recent disclosure about a 'negotiated deal' allowing 'safe exit' to Musharraf, Gilani said : "Parliament has so far not given indemnity to Musharraf, nor has he been convicted or pardoned, so there is no question of any deal."

Meanwhile, Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer has said that certain 'national and international actors' had pressurized Musharraf to leave Pakistan following his ouster from the Presidency.

Addressing a press conference in Lahore, Taseer said Musharraf was assured that no action would be taken against him, The Daily Times reports. (ANI)

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