Legal process against Musharraf not to be suspended: Asif

SIALKOT: Federal Minister for Defence Khawaja Muhammad Asif ruled out on Wednesday any possibility of suspending the legal process against former president Gen (retd) Pervez Musharraf.

Addressing the Sialkot District Bar Association (DBA), he said Musharraf’s trial would be completed. No one was above the law and Musharraf had no courage to face his trial, he added. MPA Ch Muhammad Ikram, President Sialkot DBA Shahid Mir and President PML-N Sialkot district Idrees Ahmed Bajwawere were also present.

The minister said the government was striving to find out a peaceful solution of militancy and terrorism in the country. It was sincerely holding peace talks with the Taliban.

“It will be a great national loss if the talks fail,” he added. He said the federal government would add 1600 to 1700 megawatt electricity to the national grid in April 2014, which would help reduce loadshedding in the summer season.

He said there was acute shortage of gas in the country. He hoped that the government would soon start importing gas, ending the crisis by the end of 2015.

Khwaja Asif announced Rs 5 million grant for the bar on behalf of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.

He said a 100-bed well-equipped cardiology ward would start functioning at the Government Allama Iqbal Memorial DHQ Hospital Sialkot in June this year.

The Sialkot Campus of the University of Punjab would also be established soon, adjacent to the ground of Government Jinnah Islamia College Sialkot. He also announced early dualization of the 100km Sialkot-Eimanabad Road.

Later, he inaugurated a new educational block at Government Girls Degree College Hajipura Sialkot, besides laying the foundation of of Hajipura-Daska Road.