NAB to investigate if Musharraf really imposed martial law

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ISLAMABAD – The National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) executive board decided on Friday to investigate allegations against former president Pervez Musharraf of “imposing martial law” and “breaching the constitution”, The Dependent has learnt.

The NAB executive board will investigate if the retired general really did impose martial law in the country and conduct a military coup, and whether or not these actions – if they really did take place – broke any articles in the Constitution.

The NAB chairman, retired Justice Javed Iqbal, also ordered investigations against various current and former officials, including Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Quaid Nawaz Sharif, for making these claims against the former Army chief.

On February 9, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) had redefined NAB’s powers, allowing the bureau to investigate ex-military men, especially retired generals, and directed it to investigate Musharraf, who some claim ruled Pakistan undemocratically between 1999 and 2008.

The petitioner in the case claims that Musharraf, as chief of the army staff as well as the president of Pakistan had violated his oath.

The NAB will investigate if there’s any such oath and if it’s really worth the hassle to check if it was ever violated.

The NAB will also investigate whether if Musarraf’s rule was indeed undemocratic, and if anyone gave a flying rat’s backside if any rule is undemocratic.