Saudi Arabia offers political asylum to Musharraf

Published August 2nd, 2009 - 01:16 GMT

The Saudi ambassador to Pakistan on Friday said the kingdom would consider granting political asylum to the former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf.

Speaking to journalists at the Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) in Islamabad, Saudi Ambassador Abdul Aziz bin Ibrahim Al Ghadeer said the kingdom may grant asylum to Musharraf if he requests it.

The ambassador’s comments come as the Pakistani Supreme Court ruled Musharraf’s 2007 emergency rule unconstitutional.

“The Proclamation of Emergency issued by General Pervez Musharraf as the Chief of Army Staff on November 3, 2007... is hereby declared to be unconstitutional and consequently illegal,” Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry said.

When a TV news channel questioned him Saturday on the courts verdict, Musharraf, who is abroad on a lecture tour, refused to comment.

While it is unlikely that Musharraf will be brought to trial, anyone accused of violating the Constitution can be tried for treason if the government chooses.


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