Saudi Arabia asks Pakistan for no action against Musharraf
The Saudi authorities have formally sent a message to the Pakistani leadership that they want stability in Pakistan, with King Abdullah urging all stakeholders to abide by an agreement that rules out any action against former president Pervez Musharraf, Pakistani media reported Wednesday, Xinhua reported.
Saudi royal family sources said that during a meeting between Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik and the Saudi king, a " clear message" was given to the government that a confrontation between the ruling Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and the opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and any step against Musharraf could affect the country's political stability.
Reports said that the Saudi king played the role of a guarantor at the time of Musharraf's resignation and assured the former president that no action would be taken against him. The king said if a party or an individual backed out of the agreement reached, Pak-Saudi relations would be affected.
PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif will travel to Saudi Arabia next week to hold meetings with officials, who would "force him to abide by the agreement," said the sources, adding that the Saudi king wanted to defuse the tensions because he had been told Musharraf was considering making important disclosures about Nawaz and President Asif Ali Zardari in London that included talk of Saudi Arabia as well.
Musharraf, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, met the Saudi King and the Saudi intelligence chief, who was an important player in Sharif's return to Pakistan, and discussed issues related to his trial.
On July 31, the Pakistani Supreme Court ruled that Musharraf's decision to impose the emergency rule and dismiss dozens of senior judges in 2007 was unconstitutional.
Sharif has been demanding of the government to put Musharraf on trial for suspending the constitution and high treason.