LAHORE - Former Attorney General and Federal Law Minister Syed Iqbal Haider said on Friday that former president Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf should be punished for tampering with the Constitution. Talking to The Nation he urged the government to charge Musharraf, as he had taken numerous unpardonable unconstitutional steps during his cruel regime. He said the former army chief had abrogated the Constitution, derailed the judiciary, put curbs on the media and launched military operations in Balochistan and other tribal areas climaxing into countless deaths. He said the retired general must be prosecuted for his unconstitutional steps, adding the perpetual unrest in Balochistan, horrendous terrorism and religious extremism in the country, and drone attacks were also inherited from Musharraf regime. He said Musharraf adopted double standards towards Taliban and the Baloch leaders as he initiated dialogue with Taliban but at the same time he attacked on Balochistan without hearing them. He questioned that on what grounds Musharraf martyred the Baloch leaders on August 26, 2006? In fact, Haider added, he wanted to provoke the people of Balochistan against Pakistan entity to fulfil American agenda by not providing internally displaced persons any shelter, food and funds for their rehabilitation. Former law minister said the government should hand over the charge of Gwadar port to the people of Balochistan instead of giving it to a Singapore company, which, he said, was an American tout. He said the former late general (r) Ziaul Haq created a band of religious extremists while Musharraf patronised them. Iqbal Haider urged Punjab Government to take strong steps against militants present in Punjab instead of making lame excuses vis-a-vis the threat. The incidents of bomb blasts in Mian Channu, Dera Ghazi Khan and other cities stared in the face of every one, providing clear evidences of their presence here, he substantiated his point. He said all those Madaris should also be banned that were involved in brain-washing of religious extremists who in turn were carrying out suicide attacks on government functionaries and installations. He deplored that religious extremists martyred Maulana Sarfraz Naeemi who promoted the message of love, as he was a great national asset and the country was deprived of a person, equally respected by all religious sects. Former attorney general said that from the very first day he had rejected the so-called peace pact between the Government and Taliban as it was likely to support the enemies of Pakistan. He said Sufi Muhammads interpretation of Shariah was totally against the solidarity of state. Haider criticised the government for delaying military offensive against Taliban, saying that it came into action only when Mullah Fazlullah entered Mardan and openly proclaimed his intent to take over Islamabad. Why are the NATO, US and Pak forces reluctant to cut the supply line of Taliban like the Indian forces did when our army personnel were on the peak of Kargil? he questioned. He said there was no denying the fact that Taliban had acquired latest technology, but the question still remains to be answered as to who supplied them sophisticated weapons. Judged by recent statements of British FM, David Milliband and US special envoy on Pakistan and Afghanistan, Mr Richard Holbrooke that they were considering to restart the broken dialogue process with Taliban, it was not hard to fathom that America wanted to spread terrorism in Pakistan instead of eradicating this menace. The former law minister called this so-called War on Terror a mere drama, and observed that America had some hidden agenda in the region. Answering a query, he said the PPP-led government should discard the ongoing policies of Pervez Musharraf and adopt people-friendly policies by ensuring their fundamental rights. Talking about formation of parliamentary committee on constitutional reforms, he said it was customary that committees were constituted just to put the matters on the back burner. He impressed upon the government to implement the Charter of Democracy (CoD) without wasting a single moment. He said everything was crystal clear in the CoD, and now it was high time to implement its provisions, some of which also provide for provincial autonomy. He was of the opinion that all provinces should have the right to utilise their resources on their own free will.