Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) chief Altaf Hussain appealed to the Supreme Court and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to give Gen Musharraf a chance to defend himself against the accusations.

While addressing a general workers’ meeting at MQM’s zonal office late on Monday evening, he stated that he always stood by the truth and opposed retired General Pervez Musharraf and President Asif Ali Zardari whenever their governments went wrong.

Moreover he said Gen Musharraf was a dictator and he was alleged of violating the constitution. “He is a citizen of Pakistan. He came to Pakistan, got protective bail, surrendered before courts and today he is in jail.”

He appealed to the media and masses to be careful while criticizing him as it may be used against then in the future. “I appeal to the Supreme Court and the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to give Gen Musharraf a chance to defend allegations leveled against him. It is the duty of the apex court, the ECP and political parties to fulfill their constitutional responsibility and allow Gen Musharraf to defend himself.”

Furthermore he added, “I apologize to the apex court in advance if I have said something inadvertently.”

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