King Abdullah calls on Pakistani leadership to abide by agreement
* Any step against former president could affect Pak-Saudi ties, political stability in Pakistan
Daily Times Monitor
LAHORE: The Saudi authorities have formally sent a message to the Pakistani leadership that they want stability in Pakistan, with King Abdullah urging all stakeholders to abide by an agreement that rules out any action against former president Pervez Musharraf, reported a private TV channel on Tuesday.
Saudi royal family sources said that during a meeting between Interior Minister Rehman Malik and the Saudi king, a “clear message” was given to the government that a confrontation between the PPP and the PML-N and any step against Musharraf could affect the country’s political stability.
The channel reported that the Saudi king played the role of a guarantor at the time of Musharraf’s resignation and assured the former president that no action would be taken against him. The king said if a party or an individual backed out of the agreement reached, Pak-Saudi relations would be affected.
Nawaz travels to Saudi Arabia next week to hold meetings with officials, who would “force him to abide by the agreement”, said the sources, adding that the Saudi king wanted to defuse the tensions because he had been told Musharraf was considering making important disclosures about Nawaz and President Asif Ali Zardari in London that included talk of Saudi Arabia as well.
Musharraf – who is currently in Saudi Arabia – met the Saudi intelligence chief, who was an important player in Nawaz’s return to Pakistan, and discussed issues related to his trial.
These criminal agent rulers of saudi arabia are protecting a mass murdering pig from pakistan. (Daily Times)
Saudi Arabia to the rescue?
Pakistan doesn’t notch up any credit points revealing to the world that its crucial political decisions are taken in/by Saudi Arabia. Yet this has happened once again when General Pervez Musharraf (Retd) — hounded by accusations of treason at home — was invited to Saudi Arabia on Tuesday with full protocol and was probably given assurances that he would not be prosecuted.
Naturally, speculations abound. One is that the Saudi authorities “have formally sent a message to the Pakistani leadership that they want stability in Pakistan, with King Abdullah urging all stakeholders to abide by an agreement that rules out any action against former president Pervez Musharraf”. Another “report” said that King Abdullah had sent to Pakistan a “clear message” that war between the PPP and the PMLN and “any step against Musharraf” could affect the country’s political stability.
No one knows for sure if there was an “agreement” not to prosecute General Musharraf. If there was, who were the parties involved? Yet no one in Pakistan will doubt that the Saudis have stepped in again to prevent Pakistan’s politicians from committing hara-kiri. The King is supposed to have even said that “if a party or an individual backed out of the agreement reached, Pak-Saudi relations would be affected”. And, more tell-tale, Mr Nawaz Sharif is expected to travel to Saudi Arabia where he would be “forced to abide by the agreement”.
What is definitely unreliable rumour-mongering is the “news” that the Saudis have been forced to arrange a “rescue operation” for General Musharraf because he was threatening to make public some shady deal that Mr Sharif, President Zardari and the Saudis had made together. This is more a post-iftar pre-digestive fantasy than a report and will doubtless evaporate as the real news breaks later.
A special relationship has always existed between Saudi Arabia and Pakistan but more recently Saudi “intervention” has taken place to prevent Pakistani politics from breaking rational barriers and descending into violence. The Saudis rescued Mr Sharif from rotting in jail because of their leverage with General Musharraf. They tried to bind Mr Sharif to the “agreement” on restrictive movement, with mixed success. They finally weighed in on his side when General Musharraf made a deal with the Americans to let the PPP leader Ms Benazir Bhutto make a comeback.
It is known to the world that wisdom has fled Pakistan. The country seeks revenge when it should be bothered about the Taliban threat which has hardly disappeared. The Saudis know that our national politics is moving rapidly towards political breakdown because of the multi-directional attacks being launched by politicians against each other, having perhaps reached a point where parliament is of no use. Threats of street battles are being bandied about as the national economy reels from challenges that can be faced only with external help.
Everyone, however, knows that the Pakistan Army doesn’t want to be distracted from its job of fighting the Taliban by a treason case against General Musharraf in which many of its serving and retired officers could be named as accessories. The Saudis, who, more accurately, have a special relationship with the Pakistan Army, also know that it is still the most powerful entity in the country which wishes to remain out of the political melee. Therefore the message from the army, not absorbed inside Pakistan, may be about to be driven home in Saudi Arabia.
It is the familiar PPP-PMLN battle, which has made Pakistan suffer in the past, with PMLQ as the “rejoicing third party” which is currently playing the not so honourable role of egging the two on. A lethal Ramazan War of internal chaos is in the offing unless Saudi Arabia comes to the rescue once again and breaks the clinch. We say this with no sense of pride. Pakistan’s lost external sovereignty is often bemoaned but because of the immaturity and lack of decorum of our politicians we are forced to be grateful that it doesn’t exist.
What is going on is politics of revenge all over again. The adding of General Musharraf to the primitive fires burning in the hearts of our leaders will do Pakistan the kind of damage that can’t be grasped at this stage. This is the wisdom that is easily understood if you are abroad and not a Pakistani. (Daily Times)
Some relevant comments:
hi folks…lets disect the two news reports (just for fun )
DAWN says it was all success for Musharraf, judging from his body language and high spirits, but consider the source of thew news…” the sources close to Musharraf”, of course they will say everything good about the result, so its quite biased.
But what really freakes me out, is what Saleh Zafar has reported, he has not drawn any conclusions, he has given the verdict, in very clear words. So lets imagine, how it could be possible, the only way which comes to my mind is, that HRH King Abdullah, first had the high level govt officials leave the room (according to the news, they left after 45 minutes of the meeting), to talk to ex-president in privacy, and then immediately after saying good bye to Musharraf, picked his phone and went ….”Hello Mr. Saleh, here is the report! here is what I told that looser just now…”
if HRH and MUSH met in privacy, who gave this info to Saleh? if not his royal highness then may be MUSH himself?? haha
The editors of The News are trusting this reporter blindly??
I’m convinced that the departure of President Musharraf from power was according to the deal and the Saudis,Americans and the Government of United Kingdom are main guarantor
of this deal therefore Nawaz Sharif and his party should come down and adjust their differences with ppp and serve the country because Pakistan is facing great challenges and we need unity to bring country out of crises.
Forgiveness is much better than revenge and Almighty Allah likes it and this is the tradition of our Holy Prophet Mohammad (May peace be upon him) and don’t forget that Gen.Musharraf let Nawaz Sharif & his family go to exile in Saudi Arabia after all he was Mian Sahib’s favorite General if Musharraf did some thing wrong he also did many thing positive for this country.
sheiks are already sold there conscience, now ( not exactly NOW) they are forcing us to do so…
سول سوسایٹی اور عوام کو چاہئیے کہ شاہ عبدللہ کو بتائیں کہ اپنی اوقات میں رہیں. مسلمان ہونے کی حثیت سے ہم سعودی حکمرانوں کی بہت عزت کرتے ہیں اور پاکستان کی جو وہ امداد کرتے ہیں اسکو بھی عزت کی نگاہ سے دیکھتے ہیں لیکن اسکا مطلب یہ نہیں کہ وہ ہمآرے اندرونی معاملات میں مداخلت کریں، ہمیں یہ بتائیں کہ ہمارا حکمران کون ہوگا، ہماری عدالتوں کی توہین کریں اور اعلی ترین عدالت کے احکامات کے باوجود ہمارے شہریوں کو اٹھا کر لے جائیں. اگر وہ پاکستان کی مدد کرتے ہیں تو ہماری فوج نے بھی انکے اقتدار کو سہارا دے رکھا ہے ورنہ اب تک وہ کہیں جلاوطنی کی زندگی گزار رہے ہوتے