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Musharraf given safe exit: Zardari

world Updated: Sep 16, 2009 00:53 IST
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Former president and military dictator Pervez Musharraf had resigned as part of a negotiated settlement that was guaranteed by "international and local powers", President Asif Zardari has said.

"All international and local powers, which have stakes in the region, were guarantors of Pervez Musharraf's negotiated resignation," Daily Times on Tuesday quoted Zardari as saying.

Zardari was speaking to journalists at an Iftar dinner he hosted for them.

He said Musharraf could not be tried under Article 6 of the Constitution as was being demanded by some opposition parties, especially the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N).

To a query on whether army chief General Ashfaq Kayani was also one of the negotiators, the president said: "Why do you want to bring him (Kayani) in this debate?"

About the constitution of a truth and reconciliation commission, he said: "I would advise my party (the Pakistan Peoples Party) to set up such a commission ... and it is my desire that a person like Asma Jehangir should head this commission."

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 on July 29 that year that the declaration of emergency was unconstitutional and illegal.