Friends and foes intrigued by Mushahid’s absence

November 14th, 2007 - 8:35 am ICT by admin  
A major US paper has quoted Mushahid calling President Pervez Musharraf’s proclamation of emergency rule and suspension of the Constitution as disastrous and “de facto martial law”.

A family source said that Mushahid, who is also the chairman of the upper house Foreign Relations Committee, is in China on a ‘private visit’ and would return after a week, the Dawn reported.

No information was immediately available about the purpose of Mushahid’s China visit for which the source said he left on Saturday, the day Musharraf imposed an emergency.

Mushahid’s absence must have been felt by Musharraf’s loyalists as not many of them seemed articulate like him to defend their leader getting all brickbats from outside while critics unaware of a key leader’s absence from the country could wonder whether what they took as his silence on the issue was a sign of disagreement.

But Mushahid had not been as silent, as Sunday’s Washington Post quoted him as calling the president’s action “de facto martial law” and saying that he had repeatedly tried to persuade him against the move in recent days, but was outvoted in an inner circle.

Mushahid, according to the Post, predicted that these moves would be disastrous for Musharraf and the country.

The Post quoted Mushahid as saying that Musharraf had convened a meeting of his top advisers on Wednesday to discuss options where 20 out of 25 favoured emergency rule. (ANI)

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