Raheel Sharif helped me to leave Pakistan, claims former president Pervez Musharraf
During a talk show on Dunya News last night, Pervez said: "Well he (Raheel Sharif) did help me and I am absolutely clear and grateful."
Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf has claimed that ex-army chief Gen Raheel Sharif helped him leave the country by influencing the courts.
During a talk show on Dunya News last night, he said: "Well he (Raheel Sharif) did help me and I am absolutely clear and grateful. I have been his boss and I have been the army chief before him... he helped out because the cases are politicised, they put me on the ECL, they turned it into a political issue."
Musharraf elaborated the role of General Sharif when he has asked by the host how the recently retired army chief helped him. Musharraf elaborated the influential steps on courts, "See unfortunately one has to say it, but shouldn’t have to… our judiciary should move towards justice."
"These courts work under pressure behind the scenes and then give decisions. The army chief had a role to play in releasing the pressure behind the scenes."
When asked who exactly Gen Sharif had to relieve pressure from, Musharraf said, “Not from the judges but from the government.”
"Once Gen Sharif got the government to relieve the pressure that they were exerting, the courts gave their judgement and allowed me to go abroad for treatment," Musharraf explained.
In March, Musharraf had left the country for Dubai hours after the interior ministry issued a notification to remove his name from the exit control list (ECL). The government notification followed the Supreme Court's order to lift the ban on his foreign travel.
Breaking: Musharraf speaks out, says Raheel influenced the govt and helped me out, behind the scenes our judiciary works under pressure pic.twitter.com/fL4jXah6sG
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Earlier this year, Musharraf had said: "Army has always had a role since our independence. Army has played a prominent role in the governance of Pakistan, partially, because, or mainly because of misgovernance by all of the so-called democratically elected governments."