Posted by: uss017 | March 20, 2011

Letter of Protest – APML – UK

Below is the text of the letter of protest submitted to the Pakistan High Commission, in London, on 18 February 2011.

The protest occurred in reaction to the arrest warrant recently issued by the anti-terrorism court in Pakistani against Pervez Musharraf over the assassination of Benazir Bhutto

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Letter of Protest

To: His Excellency Wajid Shamsul Hasan, High Commissioner of Pakistan to the U.K.
From: All Pakistan Muslim League – U.K.

Your Excellency,

We gather today outside the Pakistan High Commission, in London, in order to hold a peaceful protest to express our deep concerns over the revenge politics being practised in Pakistan and the blatantly biased behaviour of our courts. We British Pakistanis are shocked and dismayed at how one man, the honourable Pervez Musharraf, is being targeted not only by the inept politicians but also by the highly politicised judiciary.

Rather than issuing a notice or sending Mr. Musharraf questions to acquire his clarification, the anti-terrorism court – with a rich history of letting lose known terrorists – took an extreme measure by issuing an unbailable warrant for the arrest of our former President.

It is no secret that at the time of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto, Mr. Musharraf was no longer in command of the army. He was solely the President at the time, having nothing to do with the running of the State. Mian Soomro was the Prime Minister, leading the interim Government. Moreover, Gen. Kiyani had assumed the office of Chief of Army Staff – maintaining full control of all the security agencies. Neither was Mr. Musharraf responsible for the management of the Punjab Government. Is the President responsible for the security of individuals and the one who implements the security measures? Of course not. What then is the justification behind his unbailable arrest warrant?

You know very well that none of this is driven with a desire to get to the bottom of the truth. Justice is not the underlying theme in these proceedings. Instead, it is only revenge, blood, and blind hate which happen to be the primary fuel behind these proceedings. Hate mongers, who wish only to extract their petty revenge even if it means harming someone innocent, are the ones involved in this ghastly drama.

It is no secret that the current Chief Justice supported the former President for the major part of the latter’s term in office. Iftikhar Chaudhry was one of the judges who legitimized Mr. Musharraf’s (rightful) takeover of the Government under the “doctrine of necessity.” He was also among the first judges to take an oath on the PCO in January 2000. It is interesting to note that on April 13 2005, Iftikhar Chaudhry was one of 5 Supreme Court judges who dismissed all petitions challenging Mr. Musharraf’s constitutional amendments. It was declared that the Legal Framework Order instituted by Mr. Musharraf, the 17th amendment which gave it constitutional backing, and the two offices bill which allowed Mr. Musharraf to retain his military uniform, were all legal.

Iftikhar Chaudhry only “changed” after 9 March 2007. Could it really be that all of a sudden he finally realised he had been “wrong” all along and that it was now time for him to do the “right” thing? Only a fool will swallow this false narrative. We strongly believe that judges like him, those who are fully politicised, are attempting to extract their revenge from Mr. Musharraf.

Why is there an absence of unbailable warrants when it comes to the killing of Murtaza Bhutto? Mr. Bhutto’s family remains adamant in accusing Zardari for the murder. Worse, we know the late Benazir Bhutto was the Prime Minister – and thus the one in full control of the running of the State – at the time of Murtaza Bhutto’s murder at the hands of her own police force. As if this was not enough, how about the fact that the workers of PPPP were responsible for the immediate security of Benazir Bhutto? Why do we see no unbailable warrants for Rehman Malik, Benazir Bhutto’s security manager? And what about the senior police officer personally handpicked by her to see to her security? It is Benazir Bhutto’s team which mostly ignored and failed to implement a number of key security suggestions given to them by various officials from the US (NY Daily News National, The Associated Press, 31/12/2007).

The fact of the matter is that Benazir Bhutto made a terrible mistake and was careless when she popped her head out of the escape hatch of the bomb and bullet proof vehicle and, thereby, made herself an easy target. Throughout her speech in the ground, no unfortunate incident occurred. This was precisely due to the high security. However, once out of the Liaqat Bagh ground, and once Benazir Bhutto made a mistake, only then was the suicide bomber able to achieve his target.
Both the current Prime Minister and President have admitted numerous times that Baitullah Mehsud was responsible for the killing of Benazir Bhutto. Why then is Mr. Musharraf being targeted? Moreover, Mr. Musharraf was himself targeted by terrorists on more than a couple of occasions. The same holds true for the former Prime Minister, Shaukat Aziz, and others. Can’t you see that the same terrorists who had a go at Mr. Musharraf also had a go at Benazir Bhutto?

We British Pakistanis urge the Pakistan government to put an immediate end to this politics of revenge in Pakistan. Targeting former opponents will do the nation no good. Using the judiciary to achieve your nasty political goals will get you nowhere. Pakistan will fail to progress and develop as a vibrant democracy if political opponents continue to be victimised and targeted in this grotesque manner.

The Pakistani people know very well the damage caused to the nation when time is wasted scoring political points and attacking political opponents by any means, fair or foul. Let us put an end to this ghastly tradition and eliminate it from our politics once and for all.

Finally, we urge you to move on and stop focussing your attention upon the honourable Pervez Musharraf. Musharraf-phobia needs to end. The Former President is no longer in power, nor did he commit any act, which justifies the manner in which he is being belligerently attacked at the moment. Pervez Musharraf gave a call towards national reconciliation when he was in power. He urged all political parties to get together for reconciliation, and this is his call even now. For the betterment of Pakistan, you must answer his call positively and promote reconciliation with all, including the former President. No one should be left out of this process, particularly the ones you have opposed the most in the past.

Sincerely,
Central Working Committee, APML, UK.

© Musharraf Supporters 2011 All rights reserved

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