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Pakistani opposition slams Zardari for Musharraf deal comment

world Updated: Sep 15, 2009 20:58 IST
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Chaudhry Nisar Ahmed, leader of opposition in Pakistan's National Assembly, on Tuesday slammed President Asif Ali Zardari for his comment that the former president and military dictator Pervez Musharraf had resigned as "part of a deal".

If Pervez Musharraf's exit was part of an international deal, Zardari too became president with the help of international powers and thus should be answerable to the nation, Chaudhry Nisar Ahmed was quoted as saying by Geo News.

"Zardari's statement is against the national sovereignty and independence and it violated the grace of parliament," Ahmed said.

Zardari during an Iftar party earlier told reporters that the former president had resigned as part of a negotiated settlement that was guaranteed by "international and local powers".

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

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).

Ahmed also said that the PML-N would move a resolution against Zardari in the National Assembly and the Senate.

"President Zardari's statement is startling and there is no precedent in the world where a selected president confesses that he has been made president with the help of the foreign powers," he said and demanded that the nation be informed that under which clause of the constitution and Law the said deal was made with the international powers.

The PML-N has been demanding a trial against Musharraf since the Supreme Court had ruled that the declaration of emergency by Musharraf in November 2007 was unconstitutional and illegal.

The Islamabad police had Aug 10 registered a criminal case against Musharraf following the court order.