LAHORE: The Lahore Registry of the Supreme Court of Pakistan Friday rejected a petition seeking President Pervez Musharraf to vacate the Army House. The petition was filed by General Secretary of “Adliya Bachao Committee” Mian Jameel Akhtar through his lawyer Barrister Farooq. The petition was filed in the Supreme Court on Wednesday urging the apex court to get Musharraf to vacate the Army House.
After quitting as army chief in December last year and taking oath as “civilian president”, Musharraf declared the Army House under the army’s General Headquarters (GHQ) in nearby Rawalpindi as his Camp Office. Since then he continues to travel daily between Rawalpindi and Islamabad presidency. He holds most of the meetings in the Camp House that is situated adjacent to the GHQ.
In the petition under Article 184 A, Jameel Akhtar pleaded to the court that Musharraf cannot reside in the Army House any more as he had retired as army chief. “He has illegally occupied the Army House,” the petitioner said. There are reports that the defence ministry has already issued a letter to the Prime Minister House requesting to get the Army House vacated.
However, sources in Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani’s secretariat said this letter had not been forwarded to the president’s office. Musharraf is under pressure to quit from almost all quarters including some of his former aides in the army. Former generals like Jamshed Gulzar Kiani and General Majid have criticised Musharraf’s policies as president and chief of the army staff and demanded his resignation.