May 25/ 2008 : As many as 26 senior retired Army officers, some of them teachers of General Musharraf, boldly demanded that a safe exit to Musharraf must NOT be provided.

At a news conference, they said Musharraf should be held accountable
for the Kargil debacle and the coup against the Constitution of
Pakistan on October 12, 1999. The ex-Army officers also demanded that former prime minister Shaukat Aziz should be brought back to Pakistan to face an inquiry into the massive financial scams of wheat, cement, steel mill, stock exchange, writing off billions of rupee loans and many more.

Shaukat should also be held responsible for the worsening economic
situation of the country, they said. After long deliberations, the
retired Army officers demanded of the government to order an
independent inquiry to fix the responsibility of Musharraf’s actions
during the last eight years. They asked [Tyrant] Musharraf to
immediately resign as the [illegal] president and quit the Army House
as now he was the single source of all the problems and palace
intrigues, which were weakening and destabilising Pakistan.

The unexplained absence of the former Army chief General (retd.) Mirza
Aslam Beg from the venue of the meeting surprised everyone, as he had
earlier given his word to the host to attend the meeting and become a
part of the decisions.

But, at the last moment, General Beg could not join his former Army
colleagues who had gathered to support other political parties and
civil society to pressurise Musharraf to quit.

At least, 26 senior retired generals attended the meeting at the
residence of Brig. (retd.) Mahmud though invitation was extended to
about 36 officers. However, some invitees, including General Ali Quli
Khan, General Talat Masood and others, who could not attend the
meeting, told the participants that they fully supported their

The meeting also took the following decisions:

1. No safe exit should be given to Pervez Musharraf. He should be held
accountable for all his [illegal] actions, which include abrogation of
the Constitution and other matters, including Kargil. An independent
inquiry be held to fix the responsibility of his deeds during the last
eight years.

2. We support the civilian control of armed forces but recommend that
checks and balances be ensured so that the armed forces are not

3. Vacation of the Army House by Musharraf is a step in the right
direction, which should have been done long ago. This is giving a
wrong signal to the people, as if the Army is supportive of his
unconstitutional deeds.

4. Restriction on A.Q. Khan should be lifted and he should be allowed
to resume all his normal activities.

5. We urge to bring back Shaukat Aziz to face an independent inquiry
on wheat, steel mill, stock exchange, writing off loans and other
issues. He is mainly responsible for the worsening economic situation
of the country and be made to account for his actions.

6. If any steps similar to November 3 [2007] are taken by Musharraf to
destabilise the present political process, these will be resisted by
ex-servicemen in association with civil society and lawyers community
and political parties.

7. He should, therefore, bow down before the will of the people and
stop using the presidency for further intrigues. We urge that missing
persons be traced and the process initiated by the Chief Justice [of
Pakistan Mr. Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry] earlier be further

8. Problems of common [people] be addressed by the government to
provide essential relief to them.

9. The Working Group further decided that it would support the lawyers
movement actively. In this connection, the committee has been made to
liaise with the legal community.