Musharraf an absconder, cannot face courts: Farhatullah Babar

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party spokesperson Farhatullah Babar has said on Friday that former army chief Pervez Musharraf is an absconder and he could not face the courts.

Statement of the party’s spokesman has come in after Musharraf alleged that Asif Ali Zardari, co-chairman of the people’s party and former president orchestrated the assassination of first woman prime minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto.

He said that the fugitive from law and the courts General Musharraf lacks the courage to return to the country and face charges formally pressed against him in the High Court. “It is the act of a coward who raises his arm threatening to strike but does not have the courage to give the blow”.

He said that Musharraf had been unnerved by the admission by LHC Rawalpindi Bench on Thursday of Mr. Asif Zardari’s three appeals one of which seeks death penalty for Musharraf for murdering Shaheed Benazir Bhutto.

As the PPP wan not allowed to become a party to the case thus far Musharraf liked to imagine that his crime will never be exposed and he will escape retribution.

But the August 31 verdict of the Rawalpindi anti terrorism court opened the shut doors for Mr. Zardari to enter into the field as an aggrieved party and chase Musharraf to bring him to justice, he said.

The ATC verdict declared Musharraf as absconder and separated his case. Zardari’s appeal to set aside the ATC order of May 8 and judgment of August 31 has been admitted for hearing by the LHC.

Farhatullah Babar said that Musharraf knows full well as to what it means to be chased by law and by Zardari. This explains why the dictator who prided himself to be a commando is so shaken and unnerved, he said.

Musharraf’s warnings to Shaheed Benazir Bhutto that she would risk her life if she returned to Pakistan ahead of the 2008 elections and his refusal to provide her security are already well documented and need no elaboration.

Musharraf’s patronage of the extremists is also well known. While in office he sought to fool the world with his claims of ‘enlightened moderation’, but when out of office he admitted to having aided the Taliban, the Spokesperson said.

Musharraf knows that sooner or later as the long arms of the law reach him he will no longer be able to seek refuge in a hospital in Rawalpindi.

One may pity Musharraf but unfortunately for him the stern laws of nature seldom pause for pity, he said.