Musharraf tells Pak to move on from 'messy' ISI political cell case
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, while commenting on the Asghar Khan 1990 poll rigging case, said that Pakistan should shift attention to other issues plaguing the country instead of "getting bogged down in the past".
"We should look at the present situation and plan for the future. The country is confronted with a host of crises; nobody is talking about these, everybody has started digging up graves and looking for skeletons in the closest - for heaven's sake, think of Pakistan," The Express Tribune quoted Musharraf, as saying.
The Supreme Court had ruled that the 1990 election was rigged and that a political cell maintained by the then president Ghulam Ishaq Khan supported the formation of the Islami Jamhoori Ittehad (IJI) to stop a victory of the Benazir Bhutto's PPP.
The ruling said Ghulam Ishaq Khan, Beg and Durrani violated the Constitution, and ordered the government to take legal action against them.
Musharraf said the Asghar Khan case was 15-years-old, and at that time, a 'different political culture' existed and there was 'a totally different environment' in which these decisions were taken.
He said it was 'very sad' that the Asghar Khan verdict has led to a blame game.
Musharraf, who now lives in self-exile, said that if the court decides to put Gen Beg and Durrani on trial, it should be so - but should not give the perception that the action is against the army as an institution. Weakening the army would mean weakening Pakistan, he said.