PM takes cabinet into confidence on govt response in treason case

Jun 26, 2013

ISLAMABAD, Jun 24 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Monday took the federal cabinet into confidence over government’s response in high treason case against Pervez Musharraf, submitted before the Supreme Court of Pakistan through Attorney General. The federal cabinet met here under the chair of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz at the Prime Minister’s Secretariat. Explaining the response, the Prime Minister said, “Federal Government in line with Supreme Court decision in Sindh High Court Bar Association case firmly subscribes to the view that the holding in abeyance of the constitution on 3rd November 2007 constituted an act of high treason.”

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He said within the meaning of Article 6 of the constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan 1973 – the Prime Minister is under oath to protect, preserve and defend the constitution and it is implicit in his oath that his government ensures person guilty of acts under Article Six, is brought to justice.
The Prime Minister said the federal government was fully in line with unanimous resolution passed by the Senate of Pakistan at a time where the Prime Minister’s political party was in the opposition.
He said the government was committed to following the highest standards of the rule of law and wishes to ensure that further steps required to be taken by it, are not blurred under the Count of Victors Justice.
“Notwithstanding the facts that as a Prime Minister has borne the brunt of Musharraf brazen camp, he wishes to assure both this August Court and the people of Pakistan that he will act according to the highest standards of justice and follow the due process of law,” the Prime Minister maintained.
Given the primacy of the issue on the struggle for upholding the spirit of constitution, Nawaz Sharif said the federal government will proceed in accordance with law and also take political forces into confidence through a consultative process so that the collective will and wisdom of the people of Pakistan is duly reflected in further process in this behalf.
The federal cabinet also strongly condemned the tragic killing of nine foreign tourists and two Pakistanis at the base camp of Nanga Parbat in Diamir District of Gilgit-Baltistan on Sunday.
The cabinet expressed deep sorrow and grief over the incident and heartfelt sympathies with the families of the victims of the incident.
The cabinet resolved that action would be taken against the perpetrators of the terrorist act.
The cabinet was apprised that the whole nation was united against those responsible for spreading fear and terror in the country.
The Prime Minister directed the Interior Minister to formulate a comprehensive National Security Policy by taking all stakeholders on board and make a presentation before the cabinet.
He also directed to make administrative changes in Gilgit-Baltistan by posting competent and committed officers.
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the attack was executed by the amorphous enemy to create an impression that Pakistan was an insecure country.
The Prime Minister also directed the Minister for Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan, Barjees Tahir to visit Gilgit-Baltistan to oversee the situation and also announced compensation of one million each for the two Pakistanis who lost their lives in the incident.
The cabinet also considered and gave its approval to sign MoU on Disaster Management between Government of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and National Disaster Management Authority, Government of Pakistan.
Under the proposed MoU, both the countries can, inter alia, benefit from strengthening bilateral cooperation in sharing expertise in disaster risk reduction, multi hazard risk mapping, early warning system and enhanced cooperation in disaster risk management and during emergencies.

(Courtesy: Associated Press of Pakistan)