Pakistan's PPP-led government is considering a proposal to seek Interpol's red corner notice against ex-military ruler Pervez Musharraf in a bid to bring him back from abroad to face treason charges, days after he called party chief and President Asif Ali Zardari "a criminal and a fraud".
Musharraf's remarks about Zardari, made in an interview to 'New Yorker' magazine, have virtually united the PPP and main opposition PML-N on the issue of dealing with the former President, who has been living outside Pakistan since April.
"The government is seriously considering a proposal to ask Interpol to issue a (red corner notice for) Musharraf so that he can be brought back here and tried for violating Article 6 of the Constitution (which relates to treason)," PPP leader Raja Riaz, who is Senior Minister in the provincial government of Punjab, told PTI.
PPP leaders had so far refrained from backing the demand for Musharraf to be brought back to Pakistan to face trial on charges of treason. Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani had even hinted it might not be possible to put Musharraf on trial after main opposition PML-N stepped up demands for action against him.
However, PPP leaders changed their stance after Musharraf harshly criticised Zardari.
During the interview, Musharraf said: "He (Zardari will) do anything to save himself. He's not a patriot and he's got no love for Pakistan. He's a third-rater."
Musharraf also described Zardari as "a criminal and a fraud".