ISLAMABAD - Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid said on Thursday that future of General Pervez Musharraf will be decided by the courts as his case is being pursued.
Talking to reporters outside the Parliament House her eon Thursday, the minister said that Pakistan army is a respectable institution and direct criticism on it is regretful.
He categorically denied reports carried by a section of media stating that the government's decision to reject the request of Gen (r) Parvaiz Musharaf for removing his name from Exit Control List (ECL) was taken after consultations with Chief of Army Staff, General Raheel Sharif.
He said that the prime minister has not held any meeting with the army chief to strike Musharraf 's name off the ECL .
"The Musharaf case is subjudice and currently proceedings are before a court of competent jurisdiction. As such, any leading or conclusive public announcements or prejudgments would be a violation of legal norms and the principles of equity and justice," added the minister.
"Any insinuation, oblique or direct remarks about the institution are, therefore, regrettable," said the minister.
The minister said that any debate on case of General Musharraf is not appropriate under the legal norms.
Speaking about dialogue with Taliban, he said the government is struggling to restore peace in the country through negotiations with the militants. "We want peace not only in Pakistan but also the whole region," he said.
The dialogue with the Taliban is a daunting task but the incumbent government has taken up the responsibility to ensure peace in the country; come what may, he maintained.
The minister said the critics of the negotiations with the militants should give credit to the government for taking up the challenge to secure life and property of the people.
About the presidential vote in Afghanistan scheduled for tomorrow, the minister said that Pakistan wants to see fair, free and transparent elections in the violence-wracked country.
"Pakistan wants to see a democratic and prosperous Afghanistan," he said, adding the government is willing to extend any support to Kabul to ensure free and transparent elections.
The information minister said that the present government also enjoys good relations with Iran. "Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is planning to visit Iran," he said.
He also said the government wants to maintain good relations with all neighboring countries including Iran.