Shaukat Aziz Denies Being Partner of Musharraf in Imposing Emergency

Shaukat Aziz Denies Being Partner of Musharraf in Imposing Emergency |

Shaukat Aziz Denies Being Partner of Musharraf in Imposing Emergency  |

ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Shaukat Aziz has said that former president Pervez Musharraf did not consult him with regard to the imposition of emergency in November, 2007.

The former prime minister Aziz has stated this in his petition challenging the special court’s November 21 decision.

Special Court hearing Article-VI case against General (retd) Musharraf had ordered the government in its decision on November 21st to inquire into the roles of former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, former chief justice Abdul Hameed Doggar and former law minister Zahid Hamid in declaration of emergency in Pakistan in November 2007.

The petition of Aziz has been submitted by his lawyer Waseem Sajjad in Islamabad High Court again. The Registrar office had earlier returned the petition with objections.

The plea argued that the high court judges can hear the case as the special courtfunctioning as a tribunal.Justice Athar Minallah of IHC will hear the case on February 3rd.

Earlier, Pakistan’s former military ruler Pervez Mushararf says he imposed the November 3, 2007 emergency on the advice of the then Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz. Musharraf on Tuesday said he had imposed emergency on the advice of Aziz after consultation with civil and military aides and that not in his discretion.

In a statement issued through his lawyers, the former military ruler claimed; “imposition of emergency by the army chief was merely a legal understanding of Ibrahim Satti and he was not asked to submit that before the top court on behalf of his client”.

Ibrahim Satti, one of the lawyers from the legal panel of former president Pervez Musharraf, has submitted a clarification with the Supreme Court of Pakistan, backing off from his earlier contention that his client had imposed the November 2007 emergency in his personal discretion.

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