US not to create any hurdle in Musharraf trial by parliament: Richard Holbrooke
US special envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Holbrooke has said Pervez Musharraf is history now and his country will not create any hurdle in Musharraf trial by Pakistani parliament.
“Former president Pervez Musharraf has become part of history. US will never support him. Parliament has every right to put him to trial on his unconstitutional actions. US will never create any hurdle in this respect”, Richard Holbrooke said this during his meeting with PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif here Sunday in Punjab House.
A wide spectrum of issues including trial of former president Pervez Musharraf, abolition of 17th amendment, charter of democracy, Swat operation, overall political situation of the country and expansion of US embassy in Islamabad featured in the meeting.
Chief minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif, opposition leader in national assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, senator Ishaq Dar and former ambassador Tariq Fatmi were also present on the occasion.
Well placed sources told Online Richard Holbrooke told Mian Nawaz Sharif his country wanted supremacy of democracy and democratic institutions in Pakistan. Fortification of democracy was symbol of a strong Pakistan, he added.
Holbrooke stated Pakistan army had completed operation against the extremists in Swat successfully, which was laudable. US would continue to play its role for rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and reconstruction of the areas affected in operation against the militants, he assured. Terrorists would be eliminated at every cost, he hoped.
Government of Pakistan was free in taking decisions with respect to national security. US has neither any intention to give any dictation nor will ever dictate Pakistan on this count, he underlined.
PML-N Quaid Mian Nawaz Sharif said his party wanted annulment of 17th amendment in the constitution adding his party had handed over to government the drafts for undoing 17th amendment and introduction of 18th amendment. “We are also eager for implementation of charter of democracy”, he remarked. The way Pakistan army had conducted successful operation against the extremists in Swat was appreciable, he underlined.
Mian Nawaz Sharif also exchanged views on expansion of US embassy in Islamabad. Richard Holbrooke assured PML-N Quaid his country would never take any step which would affect sovereignty of Pakistan.
According to PML-N Press Release on Sunday, PML-N Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif urged US special envoy Richard Holbrooke to support Pakistan’s efforts to finalize a Free Trade Agreement with the US and to encourage greater American investment in Pakistan, especially in its energy and power sectors, as these will have a direct bearing on the country’s economy, as well as on the people’s well being.
He pointed out that aid package were at best, only stop-gap arrangements that have no lasting impact on the country’s economy. On the other hand, greater trade and foreign investment help in strengthening the country’s economy and generating employment opportunities which reduce the likelihood of youth turning towards militancy and extremism. In this context, he referred specially to the need for the Obama administration to finalize the understandings envisaged in the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement, as well as for early approval by congress of the legislation relating to the Reconstruction Opportunity Zones.
Nawaz Sharif highlighted the need for early resumption of dialogue process between Pakistan and India. In this context he urged on the Obama administration to play a more effective role for the resolution of all outstanding issues including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir.
Richard Holbrooke assured the former Prime Minister that the US viewed Pakistan as an extremely important country that deserved the help and assistance of the entire international community, in its efforts to confront militancy and to strengthen the economy. He reiterated that the Obama administration and US congress were also committed on a long-term basis, to support Pakistan and developing its institutions.
He added that the US was also supportive of Pakistan’s efforts to normalize its relations with India. This was essential not only for peace and stability in the region, but for both countries to confront many challenges they face. He appreciated that the former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been a strong advocate of cordial and cooperative relations between Pakistan and India.
Richard Hallbroke was accompanied by Ms.Judith A. McHale, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, Ms. Rosemarie Pauli, SRAP Chief of Staff, Mr. Vali Nasr, SRAP Senior Advisor, Mr. Barney Frank, SRAP Senior Advisor, Ambassador Patterson, and Political Counselor Bryan Hunt. Whereas PMLN Quaid Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was assisted by CM Punjab Shahbaz Sharif, Leader of the opposition in National Assembly Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Senator Ishaq Dar and Former Ambassador to the US Tariq Fatmi.