KARACHI/ISLAMABAD – A special plane carrying the mortal remains of former President General (retd) Pervez Musharraf landed at the Karachi airport on Monday evening. General Musharraf breathed his last on Sunday in a Dubai hospital at the age of 79. Along with the body of the deceased, the widow of the former army chief and their children were also transported in the special flight. Upon arrival, the plane was parked near the old airport terminal. The dead body and the suffering family were then taken to their destination under heavy security from the old terminal.
The bereaved family formally approached the Pakistani consulate in Dubai on Sunday, seeking permission to transfer Musharraf’s remains to his homeland. It is pertinent to mention here that the former president’s mother was buried in Dubai, while his father was buried in Karachi. According to reports, the funeral prayers of the former president will be offered today at the Polo Ground in Malir Cantt, Karachi. Meanwhile, the National Assembly offered Fateha for the departed soul of Gen. (R) Pervez Musharraf.
Vice President Zahid Akram Durrani asked MQM-P MP Abubakar to offer Fateha. However, the Senate on Monday witnessed rare scenes as the ruling coalition rejected the chairman’s proposal to pray for the departed soul of former military ruler General Musharraf, while the opposition PTI strongly supported the move. The House witnessed a ruckus as Treasury MPs, mostly belonging to the PPP and PML-N, gathered around the main suite of Senate President Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani to protest Leader of the Opposition in the House Dr Shahzad Waseem’s remarks that gave in favor of former President Musharraf.
After learning that there was a fierce reaction from the house, the chairman withdrew the proposal to offer fateha for the former army chief and the PTI insisted on doing so and prayed for the deceased on its own. At the very beginning of the session, the chairman of the Senate, following the parliamentary practice, proposed that the house pray for the victims of the earthquake in Turkey, Syria and Lebanon, as well as for Musharraf, who breathed his last in Dubai a few days ago. To this, the Ministry of Finance raised slogans “no, no”. Soon after sensitizing the gravity of the situation, the chairman asked the opposition Jamaat-e-Islami senator Mushtaq Ahmed to continue offering prayers at least for the earthquake victims.
But the opposition lawmaker specifically mentioned that there will be no prayers for Musharraf. Opposition leader Waseem, who remained a member of Musharraf’s cabinet, was asked amid the uproar what the harm was in that. He said the house can hold a debate on the tenure of the former ruler but such behavior is unfair. “He was a confirmed traitor,” replied Senator Mushtaq, adding that he had violated the Constitution twice, attacked the judiciary and was responsible for the “hell” in Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The opposition leader again defended Musharraf and said they have seen civilian dictators in this country and said democracy is reflected in their behavior. “We have gone to the extent that we cannot pray for the departed soul,” he lamented.