ISLAMABAD: Proposing and seconding president in uniform amounts to criminal act and those, who propose and second the candidature of General Pervez Musharraf for re-election in the presidential elections could face legal proceeding and jail term. As per details under the Pakistan Penal Code 131, any person implicating a military official in politics could face legal proceedings and could be sentenced for ten years. At is pertaining to remember that legal action took place against Acting President of PML (N) Makhdoom Javaid Hashmi and he was put behind the bar on charges that he allegedly tried to implicate the military in politics.
However, today government officials, ministers and parliamentarians implicating an Army Chief in politics by proposing and seconding president in uniform for re-election in the presidential elections. It is now a focal point in the political circles in Pakistan that if Javaid Hashmi, as a consequence of political rivalry, could face jail term then the government officials who openly propose and second the candidature of General Pervez Musharraf for re-election in the presidential elections would face legal proceedings or not. Constitution of Pakistan provides specific and detailed illustration of the crime under which a person who violates the law could face jail term for ten years.
In this connection, politicians had started consultation with law experts whether any legal proceedings could be taken against the government officials who propose and second the candidature of General Pervez Musharraf for re-election in the presidential elections. Chief of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf Imran Khan when contacting on the issue, said that he is in consultations with the legal experts and like minded politicians and would soon bring forth his stance on the issue. The government officials who propose and second the candidature of General Pervez Musharraf included Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, PML (Q) President Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain, Chief Minister Punjab Chaudhary Pervaiz Elahi, Chief Minister Sindh Arbab Ghulam Rahim, Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Muhammad Yousaf, Interior Minister Aftab Ahmed Khan Shepao and Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed.-SANA