Islamabad, March 16, 2016: Leader of the Opposition in the Senate Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan expressed surprise at the court verdict allowing General Pervez Musharraf to travel abroad. He said that Musharraf had failed to appear in some courts and was effectively an absconder from justice. Non-bailable warrants for his production in courts trying him on serious charges had also been issued. He was also charged with high treason and the trial is pending.
The general has also dragged the criminal cases to enable himself to obtain the relief. He said that the question was: When will the powerful be made to submit to justice? The Senator said that it is unlikely that the general would return to Pakistan.
Aitzaz said that while on the parameters of human rights the decision may be sound but then such facility, it is hoped, would also be allowed to other accused without discrimination. Court decisions are precedents to be followed in the future and must apply equally to all citizens, rich or poor, powerful or weak. It is an abject lesson how the powerful and arrogant humble themselves, he said.