Musharraf to face cases on his return to Pakistan: Rehman Malik

KARACHI: Interior Minister Rehman Malik has said several cases are registered against former president Pervez Musharraf adding if he wants to come to Pakistan then he will have to face cases.

Interior minister said this while addressing a press conference here Saturday in the office of National Crisis Management Cell.

He held Gen Musharraf did not bring NRO for PPP and he could only tell as to why he had promulgated it. Musharraf should clarify in the court that why did he promulgate NRO at the advise of his friends and the questions on NRO should be asked from Musharraf.

Interior Minister also informed that there had not been any deal struck between Benazir Bhutto and Mian Nawaz Sharif, however both the leaders entered into negotiations for restoration of democracy in the country as even at that time Benazir Bhutto had talked of ‘no deal’ and hinted at returning to Pakistan and facing the cases .

If there had been any sort of deal between Benazir Bhutto and Pervez Musharraf she would not have faced cases on her return to the country, he remarked.

Responding to a query, Interior minister said that a number of cases were registered against Pervez Musharraf and despite it if he wanted to return to Pakistan he would have to face the cases. “When Musharraf comes to Pakistan then we will think about his arrest”, he told.

He also informed on the occasion that investigations into 18th October incident had considerably moved forward. Certain things were under investigation and the inquiry report would be made public after a few weeks.

Responding to a query, he said that Prime Minister has given his stance on Drone attacks in the House and foreign office could give reply in this connection as this matter was concerned with it.

The Interior Minister also clarified that the presidency, Prime Minister and the entire nation wanted repatriation of Dr Afia to Pakistan, however as she has been convicted, therefore Pakistan through legal process would defend Dr Afia and forward its stance in American Court. “We will also file appeal with president Barrack Obama on behalf of children and family members of Dr Aafia for her acquittal.

He also said that government of Pakistan has constituted a team comprising Dr Fauzia and final strategy would be worked out after arrival of her lawyers. Prime Minister Gilani has assured the family of Dr Afia for complete legal assistance.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik also urged the media not to term any killing as target killing and stop the process of creating sensitization by airing the news like ‘sacking of the government’ added that media should play a positive role in the prevailing circumstances.

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