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NRO secret to be disclosed on time: Musharraf

KARACHI: Former President Pervaiz Musharraf on Monday said that he would disclose the real story behind National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO) on appropriate time. Addressing a press conference here on Monday on his return from India, he said that whatever the decision was taken during his era, all had reasons and he would let the nation know about them on the time.

When asked, why deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was not being restored, he asked the journalists to read out the reference sent to the Supreme Judicial Council against him in order to know the draw backs of Iftikhar Chaudhry’s personality and let the nation decide that such a person could deserve for the post of Chief Justice of Pakistan.

He also criticized the Ex-Servicemen Society terming them as used bullets and said that he was feeling insult while talking about them. He also said that he had a lot to tell the nation about their deeds but he would make it public on proper time. He also termed them as useless and rejected part of the society.

When inquired about his enmity with PML-N Quaid Nawaz Sharif, he said that Nawaz himself responsible for whatever the action was taken on October 12, 1998, however, he said that there should be politics of reconciliation and the principle ‘let be gone by be gone’ should be followed.

He said that he did not have enmity with any one; however, he criticized the usage of langue by PML-N leadership for him saying the civilized language should be used. When asked about his and President Asif Ali Zardari’s contact in the context of Governor Punjab Salman Taseer’s appointment but he did not give proper answer of the question.

When inquired about Swat peace deal, he said that the agreement was not made with Taliban rather the demand of the local people was fulfilled as they had been demanding for speedy justice since long. Musharraf said that the US authorities did not understand the situation of the area; therefore, it was necessary to take them into confidence; however, he categorically stated that the foreigners were living in the tribal areas and the government had to deal them with iron hands.

To a question, he said that the country was facing challenges in the political, economical and law and order sectors and these were needed to be addressed within no time for the country’s survival.

Regarding ISI, he said that he conveyed to Indians that ISI was doing what RAW, CIA or other secret agencies were doing to safeguard their national interests; therefore, it was not fair to single out ISI and to make it as subject to criticism. Musharraf regretted over the voices being aroused inside the country against the army and ISI. He, however, hailed India Today for organizing an international level seminar on “Challenges for Change” he said that it was held under extremely friendly atmosphere where the views were exchanged freely.-SANA

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