The Ex-Servicemen Society of retired Pakistan Army men June 4/ 2008 vowed to struggle for the court martial and impeachment of Musharraf for toppling civilian government and taking other illegal steps during the last 9 years.
The members of the Ex-Servicemen Society at a meeting held at the
Lahore Press Club decided to launch a movement against Musharraf as he has largely distorted the image of the armed forces by his illegal steps. Maj. Gen. (retd.) Shafiq Ahmed presided over the meeting while Brig. (retd.) Inam-ul-Haq and Brig. (retd.) Muhammad Yousaf were guests of honour on the occasion. Among others about 10 retired Army generals attended the meeting where hatred for Musharraf topped everything.
The meeting was held to formulate future strategy to stop armed forces
from interfering in the civilian matters in the shape of Martial Law which is continuing since General Ayub’s tenure. The meeting passed number of
resolutions which were announced by Maj. Gen. (retd.) Shafiq Ahmed in
a press conference. The participants lambasted the policies of the
Musharraf government in the last 9 years and deteriorating state of affairs in the country.
Announcing their future strategy, the ex-servicemen through a
resolution announced to support lawyers’ long march on June 10/ 2008
and wage war against the interference of Army in the civilian affairs.
The meeting decided that ex-servicemen would join lawyers with their
own banners and placards, and they will set up their own protests
camps for restoration of Nov. 2/ 2007 judiciary. The meeting held
that Nov. 2 judiciary under Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry
was indispensable for provision of justice and solutions to problems
faced by the people.
One of the resolutions held that Musharraf has damaged the country and he must be impeached, and his predecessors General Zia and General Ayub should also be court martialed for overthrowing civilian governments, for stopping further Martial Law promulgations and end of dictatorship in the country.
Addressing the press conference, Shafiq Ahmed said that Musharraf killed innocent people including women and children in the Lal Masjid Operation just to please America. He alleged that Musharraf handed over missing persons to USA for securing support for his illegal rule in the county over the last 9 years.
He said the president is killing innocent civilians in Waziristan, Wana, and Pana and he compromised over the issue of Kashmir. He said that they reject the Kashmir policy of Musharraf and nothing less than resolution of Kashmir issue as according to UN resolutions will be acceptable to people of Pakistan and the ex-servicemen.
He said that ex-servicemen will strive to end U.S. interference in the
internal affairs of the country as it is against the sovereignty of Pakistan that the U.S. representatives and diplomats were openly giving directions to Pakistan government and they consider it as a U.S. colony which will not be tolerated in the future.
Ex-servicemen — including former Corps Commander Lt. Gen. (retd.)
Faiz Ali Chishti, Lt. Gen. (retd.) Talat Masood, former ISI chief Lt.
Gen. (retd.) Hameed Gul, Air Marshal (retd.) Asghar Khan, former Corps
Commander Rawalpindi Lt. Gen. (retd.) Jamshed Gulzar Kiyani, Admiral
(retd.) Karamat Rehman Niazi, Admiral (retd.) Iftikhar Sarosh — are
in close contact with the leadership of Supreme Court Bar Association
of Pakistan to make ‘Long March’ a success, it was learnt Sunday.