ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan demanded of the Supreme Court of Pakistan to take suo motto notice of the extra-judicial killing of 80 people in Bajaur, 60 of whom were under the age of 18 as this constitutes a crime against humanity and no one has the right to be judge, jury and executioner.
“If the Chief justice does not take action now, then the people of this country are entitled to ask, “What is the purpose of our judiciary? What has happened to that basic human right that every individual is innocent until proven guilty?”, he stated this while addressing a press conference here at Parliament Lodges on Wednesday.
He demanded of Supreme Court to constitute high level inquiry commission, which find out the fact whether this crime was committed by the Pakistani forces or the Americans.
Imran Khan said: “Saddam Hussein has been sentenced to death for becoming judge, jury and executioner of 247 Iraqi Shias in 1982. How does General Musharraf’s crime differ from this? Especially as 60 of those killed were children. Whilst Saddam has never admitted to his crime, Musharraf has admitted to his”.
He said that the Bajaur incident would further radicalize our society. This shameful and cowardly act would drive more and more into the hands of extremists, he said.
He said that opposition in Pakistan was not yet united and due its divide the government take many advantages. “I will not name the persons who do not want to see the opposition united for the cause of democracy,” he said.
He said that Wednesday suicide attack in Malakand is a direct consequence of General Musharraf’s owning up to the Bajaur killings. “Between 35 to 50 Pakistani soldiers have needlessly been killed in this suicide attack,” he said.
Imran Khan said that how much more blood be sacrificed by Pakistani soldiers and citizens for Musharraf to please his foreign masters and get their support for his illegitimate military regime?
Already, he said, thousands of Pakistani civilians and soldiers have died in Waziristan to fight the US war on terror, which has become, evident from the Bajaur incident, “a war of terror”.
He said that Musharraf’s shameful capitulation to American demand is posing a huge threat to the future of Pakistan. Since the US has already lost the battle for hearts and minds in both Afghanistan and Iraq, it is destined to lose the war on terror, he said.
He said that the Malakand suicide bombing could be a prelude for worse to come. There is no shortage of recruits for those resisting the Americans thanks to acts of the state terrorism such as in Bajaur. It is no longer Pakistan first, but Musharraf first, he said.