Pakistan's opposition PML-N has warned the PPP-led government against putting on the backburner the proposed trial of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf on charges of treason, saying such a move now appeared inevitable.
Musharraf's trial had become the "writing on the wall" and the issue could not be put in cold storage, said PML-N spokesman Ahsan Iqbal.
Those who try to save Musharraf will be considered "equal partners in his crimes", he said.
The government should initiate action for Musharraf's trial on charges of treason and leave the rest to the court, said Iqbal, a close aide of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif.
If the government tries to use delaying tactics, the people will take matters into their own hands just as they had done during the protests in March that forced the PPP to restore judges deposed by Musharraf during the 2007 emergency, he said.
The possibility of Musharraf being put on trial has arisen after the Supreme Court recently declared the emergency imposed by him as illegal and unconstitutional. Under Pakistani laws, only the government can initiate such a trial.
Despite Musharraf's claim that Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz had assured him that Sharif will not press for his trial, the PML-N has been increasing pressure on the government to act against the former President.