Federal Minster for Science Fawad Chaudry, referencing to the special court’s verdict in the Musharraf treason case, said on Friday that the matter is not limited to the former military dictator only, but in fact it is Pakistan Army that has been targeted.
The minister, in a series of tweets today, commented on the detailed verdict handed down by a special court on Thursday, which had been strongly criticised by the military and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government.
Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth of the Peshawar High Court had stated in paragraph 66 of the order: “We direct Law Enforcement Agencies to strive their level best to apprehend the fugitive/convict and to ensure that the punishment is inflicted as per law and if found dead, his corpse be dragged to the D-Chowk, Islamabad, Pakistan and be hanged for 03, days.”
Addressing a press conference after the order, DG ISPR Maj Gen Ghafoor had said the army would counter any designs that threaten its institutional integrity.
معاملہ پرویز مشرف کی ذات کا ہے ہی نہیں ایک خاص حکمت عملی کے ساتھ پاکستان فوج کو ٹارگٹ کیا گیا، پہلے لبیک دھرنا کیس میں فوج اور ISI کو ملوث کیا گیا، پھر آرمی چیف کے عہدے میں توسیع کو متنازع بنایا گیا اور اب ایک فوج کےمقبول سابق سربراہ کو بے عزت کیا گیا
The federal minister echoed the same stance and referred to the earlier judgement of the Supreme Court (penned by Justice Qazi Faez Isa) in the Faizabad Dharna case and the judgement (penned by Justice Mansoor Ali Shah) in the army chief tenure extension case.
“ISI was dragged into [Tehreek-e] Labbaik dharna case and then the extension issue was made controversial and now a famous former army chief is disgraced,” Fawad stated.
He said that the series of events is no more a judicial and legal issue and “has gone beyond that”.
Fawad also warned of chaos in the country if the institution of army was divided or weaken.
“General Bajwa and the security establishment have supported the civilian setup, but this should not be considered as weakness,” the minister said.