SUKKUR: PPP leader Khursheed Shah on Saturday lashed out at former president Pervez Musharraf and asked him to return to the country and face the cases against him rather than passing statements from a foreign country.
Shah was addressing a ceremony in Sukkur and criticized Musharraf who caused a stir recently by alleging that Asif Ali Zardari is involved in Benazir and Murtaza Bhutto’s murder.
“Return to the country like Benazir did, do politics like Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto did and spend time in prison like Asif Ali Zardari did,” said the opposition leader.
“We didn’t go abroad, we aren’t scared,” said Shah taunting the former president’s self-imposed exile.
Shah also questioned the timing of Musharraf’s statements and asked why the former president remained quiet for 10 years.
Shah also said that attempts are being made to cause a rift between the parliament and the institutions.
“Those trying to weaken the parliament are not sincere to Pakistan,” said Khursheed Shah.
He said that Pakistan will progress when people will get their rights.
Musharraf had blamed Pakistan Peoples Party Co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari for the murder of his wife and former premier Benazir Bhutto.
In a video message, Musharraf said he was sending out this message as Zardari had personally called him out by blaming him for Benazir’s murder.
“Every Pakistani is concerned that two distinguished police officers got punished but the real terrorists were exonerated,” said the former army chief.
With regards to the day of the incident, Musharraf said providing security at Liaquat Bagh [where Benazir was killed] was not his responsibility. He questioned the presence of a rooftop hatch in a bulletproof vehicle and also wondered who asked Benazir on the phone to open the hatch and come out to wave to the crowd.
On August 31, the anti-terrorism court hearing the former prime minister’s assassination case for over nine years cleared five accused in the case, sentenced two former police officials to jail and declared former president Musharraf an absconder.