Musharraf Treason Trial----A vicious attempt to undermine Pakistan Military
November 17th, 2013: Dr. Raza Bokhari, International Spokesperson and North American Point of Contact for General Pervez Musharraf issued the following statement to various media outlets:
We view with grave suspicion the timing of the announcement by the Taliban sympathetic Nawaz Government to initiate treason proceedings against Former President Musharraf. We not only forcefully reject these charges, but also view them as a vicious attempt to undermine the Pakistan Military. It is also a botched attempt by the Government to temporarily take the focus away from existential threats faced by Pakistan.
General Pervez Musharraf, the Former President of Pakistan, in exercise of powers vested in him by Article 232 of the Constitution, declared a State of Emergency on November 3rd, 2007 and held in abeyance certain sections of the Constitution. He took this much needed action to reform an activist segment of the judiciary and augment security operations against extremists and terrorists that were wreaking havoc in Pakistan. It is important to note, the Former President acted after the unanimous advice of the then Prime Minister of Pakistan, Governors of all the Four Provinces, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Chiefs of the Armed Forces, Vice Chief of the Army Staff, and the Core Commanders of the Pakistan Army.
It is also extremely important to remember that Former President Musharraf also lifted the State of Emergency on December 15th, 2007 and fully restored the Constitution. It is unfortunate that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is obsessed by politics of personal vendetta and is criminalizing the lawful acts of the Musharraf Government.