Aziz to face charges in '99 Pakistan coup

Feb. 24, 2013 at 11:20 AM

ISLAMABAD, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Lt. Gen. Shahid Aziz, a leader in the bloodless 1999 coup d'etat in Pakistan, said he is ready to face charges for violating the Constitution.

"All those who in one way or the other ravaged the country must face the charges of breaching the Constitution, including [former General and President Pervez] Musharraf and his followers," Aziz said.

Aziz, who was Musharraf's right-hand man, told Geo News he disregarded the Constitution because he did not respect it and believed it was a product of corruption.

"I do not respect a Constitution that allowed rulers to suck people's blood," Aziz said.

He said he regretted supporting Musharraf in the military's overthrow of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, but said he did so in attempt to bring about a change in the country. Musharraf resigned as president in 2008 under the threat of impeachment.

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