Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani on Friday categorically rejected the perception of any secret deal with former President Pervez Musharraf to give him safe passage. “If there had been such a deal it would have come forth by now as media is very vibrant today,” he said in an interview with a private television channel.

He said President Musharraf’s actions have not been indemnified by the parliament nor he has been convicted so there is no question of him being pardoned.

The Prime Minister said that the remarks attributed to President Zardari in this regard have already been contradicted by the Presidency.

Replying to a question about three ‘deals’ in the past with Pervez Musharraf, involving Nawaz Sharif and Shaheed Benazir Bhutto and President Zardari, Gilani said as far as the deal with Nawaz Sharif is concerned he did not consider it a deal as the PML (N) leader at that time was under custody.

“If a person is in custody, legally it cannot be considered a deal. Confession before a police officer is no confession.”

He said negotiations between Benazir Bhutto and Pervez Musharraf were going on for the former President to doff off his uniform and for holding free and fair elections.

However, he added, there were many conditions which were not fulfilled and emergency was imposed after which Benazir contacted party leadership and decided to go for a long march.

The Prime Minister also referred to attack on Benazir Bhutto on the very first day of her arrival in Karachi adding she was later assassinated during an election rally in Rawalpindi.

He said after PPP came into power, they started putting pressure on Musharraf and the provincial assemblies passed unanimous resolutions for his resignation and later planned to go for his impeachment.

To a question the Prime Minister said that Musharraf’s well-wishers may have advised him to quit honourably.

By: Dawn News