Pakistan's opposition PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, who has been insisting that Pervez Musharraf be tried for treason, has asked the armed forces to distance themselves from the former military ruler and file a lawsuit against him for suspending the Constitution during his tenure.
"The military should cut its ties with Musharraf and should itself file a lawsuit against him...Those who abrogated the Constitution, damaged the judiciary and arrested judges must be punished," Sharif told a function in Lahore on Friday to mark Pakistan's Independence Day.
The PML-N has been demanding that Musharraf should be put on trial for treason after the Supreme Court ruled last month that the emergency imposed by him in November 2007 was unconstitutional and illegal.
Observers have said such a move could trigger a confrontation between the civilian government and military, which is believed to be still backing Musharraf. The former President quit as army chief in late 2007 after choosing Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as his successor.
Musharraf, who left Pakistan in mid-April to deliver a series of lectures abroad, is currently living in London.
Sharif, in his speech, urged the people to decide on Independence Day whether they want to bring the violators of the Constitution to justice or let them go unpunished. "We should stop coups and martial law in the country to make it prosperous and strong," he said.
He said he had asked the government to hold Musharraf accountable for his "misdeeds" during his rule.