LAHORE - The traders have demanded the trial of former president Musharraf under Article 6 of the Constitution and the High Treason Act, 1973, for suspending the Constitution and imposing a state of emergency on Nov 3, 2007, and ordering the arrests of some 60 judges including Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry.

The trade leaders said that it was due to policies of Musharraf to support the US war against terrorism that Pakistan is in grip of terrorism and economy has nosedived, he added. “Musharraf is responsible for killing hundreds of innocent girls students of Jaamia Hafsa and murder of Akbar Bugti, turning the largest province of Balochistan into land of no law. So he cannot be forgiven at any cost,” they said.

They said that it is beyond sense as to why the PML-N has kept quite and is not taking any stand against Musharraf, who overthrew the government of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in October 1999, forcing him into exile. He cited the resolution passed by the Senate last year on Jan 23, demanding Musharraf’s arrest and treason trial.

APAT general secretary Naeem Mir recalled that the Supreme Court had also declared Musharraf’s proclamation of emergency to have been unconstitutional, illegal, mala fide, and void ab initio.

APAT general secretary said that it is responsibility of all democratic political parties to take a unanimous stand against this dictator to take him to justice with a view to clear way for a democratic and economically prosperous country.