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    Why abettors of 1999 coup and those who declared it legal and gave the promulgator of Martial law authority to rule the country for three years be not tried under article 6 of the constitution?

     

    Why abettors of 1999 coup and those who declared it legal and gave the promulgator of Martial law authority to rule the country for three years be not tried under article 6 of the constitution?

     

    “The 1999 Pakistani coup d'état was a bloodless coup d'état in which the Pakistan Army and then Chief of Army Staff and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, General Pervez Musharraf, overthrew elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his existing elected government, on 12 October 1999. Two days later, on 14 October 1999, Musharraf declared a state of emergency and issued a Provisional Constitutional Order. The Supreme Court of Pakistan declared the coup to be legal, but ordered that the army rule be limited to three years.”

     

    These days there is a serious political debate in Pakistan whether those who abetted the coup or legitimized it be or be not tried under article 6 of the constitution for high treason. Involving penalty of death.

     

    Since it is a political issue and who so ever comes in the debate supporting or opposing the proposition is a politician or at the most an opinion maker. Therefore whatever his status in life otherwise remains for the debate an ordinary citizen. May be earlier he was holding a judicial officer including that of chief justice of Pakistan for his opinion is only an ordinary debater. Two retired Supreme Court judges namely Saeed Uz Zaman Sidique who retired as chief justice of Pakistan and Mr Khalil Ur Rehman Khan who retired as a judge of Supreme Court have opposed the proposition of prosecuting the promulgator of the subject coup. Their main argument is that since the Supreme Court had legalized it therefore it has lost its criminality. This argument is less then childish. If this judgment is to be followed then article 6 will become redundant and still another reason for Nawaz Sharif will be that Pervez Musharraf was true in what he said against Nawaz Sharif and his government and was therefore, justified to remove him per force.
    If the two learned debaters believe that they are friends of Nawaz Sharif and his officious advocates then they should realize that they have declared Nawaz Sharif to be guilty of all those offences. Which were alleged against him by Pervez Musharraf. Hence Nawaz Sharif become disqualified to hold his office as mandated by article 62 of the constitution.

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