A group of Pakistan's military officers have protested, before a
parliamentary panel, the treatment being meted out to former
president Pervez Musharraf, a media report said Saturday.
The delegation of 75 officers from Command and Staff College,
Quetta, led by Col. Saqib Ali Cheema, met the chairman of the
Senate Standing Committee on Defence and Defence Production
Mushahid Hussain Sayed at the parliament house to express concern
over Musharraf's arrest, reported Dawn.
“The military officers were of the opinion that under the
constitution, the armed forces cannot be criticised,” a source was
quoted as saying.
Hussain said: “We are all proud of professionalism of our armed
forces and in the constitution, judiciary and armed forces are
national institutions which should not be subject to any kind of
He later told the daily that the officers had asked him if there
was anything in the constitution which allowed anyone to humiliate
any institution, and he answered that there was no such provision.
Musharraf, who returned to Pakistan March 23 after over four years
of self-imposed exile in Dubai, was keen to contest the May 11
general elections. However, his nomination papers were rejected
from four constituencies.
An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan Friday granted to
investigators custody of Musharraf in the assassination case of
former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, lawyers said.
Musharraf, who ruled Pakistan from 1999 to 2008, has been accused
of failing to provide adequate security to Bhutto when she
returned to Pakistan from exile in 2007.
Musharraf has already been arrested in the case of keeping judges
in illegal confinement when he imposed Emergency rule in 2007.
The former president is also facing charges of high treason for
the abrogation of the constitution, that paved the way for the
declaration of Emergency.
Five people have filed petitions for proceedings related to high
treason in the Supreme Court. However, the interim government has
refused to pursue the case because of its limited role, and
petitioned the apex court to leave the case to the next elected