Sacking Pakistan's Chief Justice was a Mistake: Musharraf

San Antonio (Texas), Sep 18 (IANS):  Former Pakistani president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf has admitted that he committed a mistake by sacking Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry.

Musharraf Thursday said at a lecture at Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas: "Now, after seeing the incidents following his dismissal from the office I realised that I shouldn't have done that."

"It was a mistake to send the reference against him to Supreme Judicial Council, though it was my constitutional and legal obligation? The reference resulted in a chaos in the country... Probably I won't commit such things in future," ARY NEWS quoted him as saying Friday.

"Neither had I any personal enmity with Justice Chaudhry when I removed him nor have I at the moment," Musharraf said.

Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was sacked as the chief justice of Pakistan in November 2007 by then president Pervez Musharraf. He resumed charge of the office early this year.

The Islamabad police had Aug 10 registered a criminal case against Musharraf following the orders of Islamabad Additional Sessions Judge Mohammad Akmal Khan.

Khan was acting on a petition filed by advocate Mohammad Aslam Ghuman who sought action against Musharraf for ordering the confinement of Supreme Court judges after declaring an emergency Nov 3, 2007.

The complaint states that Musharraf and others had detained the Supreme Court judges and their families at their houses and their children were neither allowed to attend school nor permitted to appear in examinations.

The Supreme Court had ruled July 29 that year that the declaration of emergency was unconstitutional and illegal.


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  • shahnawaz kukkikatte, dubai/udupi

    Fri, Sep 18 2009

    Musharaf is a criminal and anti Indian. He is the architect behind the kargil conflict. Please try him in Indian courts and hang him until death. He is a liability on this earth.

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