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Pakistan's high court acquits Nawaz Sharif

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  1. Xeric

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    Pakistan's high court acquits former prime minister - CNN.com

    Pakistan's high court acquits former prime minister

    updated 33 minutes ago

    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (CNN) -- Pakistan's high court acquitted former prime minister Nawaz Sharif of hijacking charges Friday, paving the way for another run for office.
    Sharif, head of the Pakistan Muslim League-N political party, returned from exile in 2007.

    Sharif, head of the Pakistan Muslim League-N political party, returned from exile in 2007.

    Attorney General Latif Khosa read a statement confirming the decision and congratulated Sharif, Express TV reported.

    A meeting between Sharif and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari will take place Friday at the Nawaz family residence in Lahore, presidential spokesman Farhat Ullah Babar told CNN.

    The Supreme Court banned Sharif from holding public office based on a criminal record dating back to the late 1990s. Sharif, then in his second stint as prime minister, refused to let an airliner carrying his dismissed military chief, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, and 200 other passengers land in Pakistan.

    Within hours, the army had deposed Sharif in a bloodless coup and the plane was allowed to touch down.

    Musharraf later went on to become Pakistan's president. An anti-terrorist court -- set up by Sharif to dispense swift justice -- convicted Sharif of hijacking and treason. He was sentenced to life in prison.

    Separately, Sharif was also convicted of corruption charges that year.

    The government struck a compromise, allowing him to go into exile in Saudi Arabia under the condition that he stayed out of politics for 10 years.

    Sharif, head of the Pakistan Muslim League-N political party, returned to his homeland in November 2007.

    The Supreme Court overturned the public office ban on Sharif earlier this year. The acquittal on criminal charges clears the slate for Sharif.
     
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    What is next? Hang Musharraf?

    Congrats to all NS supporters ... support to CJP finally paid off.
     
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    Unfortunately they could not produce any CCTV footage of him slapping Musharaff in the plane with a gun to his head.
     
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    Under Article VI, why not?
     
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    So gentlemen the Supreme Court of Pakistan has essentially passed a verdict which suggests that no remote hijacking took place. No passengers were threatened and there was never any danger to the PIA aircraft carrying the CoAS and the 200 passengers. What a joke!

    NS has gotten off on a technicality because nobody could directly link him to the entire episode. However it is beyond belief that he was not involved. Without him, nothing was moving in Pakistan at that time as he was the all powerful czar of Pakistan. There is no possibility that some NS crony on his own decided to take on the CoAS of Pakistan and endanger 200 passengers on that aircraft.
     
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    NS and company will surely try. Lets roll the dice gents!
     
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    You must have followed up the entire proceedings I believe. You also have the full jurisdiction in your possession. So would you please share us with what exactly happened in the court room and if you could kindly post the jurisdiction here as well so we could believe your allegations on the supreme court.
     
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    And try they must. Dictators who depose democratically elected governments and rape the constitution in the broad daylight must be tried and hanged in the middle of the roads.
     
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    Yes I could in fair detail, however what good would that do except to carry on arguing with you to no end?
     
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    The current CJ should be tried as well for approving Martial Law of Musharrraf and taking oath under PCO in his first term.
     
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    No, if you could prove your point, I'll accept my fault and seek apologies for questioning your knowledge and judgment. I am not among those who chose to debate for the sake of debate. However, I am expecting to hear what really happened in the court room, the arguments and the counter-arguments of the attorneys and the final full draft of the jurisdiction.
     
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    Yes, he should be, and all of those who have been supporting the military dictators. So from where should we start?
     
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    As I said, please give it a shot by any or all means. Also spare me the usual hue and cry around the raping of the constitution. Do you recall the saying "Is hammam may sub hi nangay"? Maybe some thought should be given to that before going off on your principled stance.
     
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    You decide since you are the one all gung-ho about hanging the dictator. Maybe then you will realize that its easier said than done.
     
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    I also believe in democracy, so I'll not go alone. We have to do things as per the principles of the democracy.