A British official has been accused of meddling in the affairs of the subcontinent by engineering the exit of Gen. Pervez Musharraf from Pakistan’s political scene. Aitzaz Ahsan, a significant figure in Pakistan’s pro-democracy scene, says Sir Mark Lyall Grant of the Foreign Office helped secure immunity from charges in exchange for Musharraf’s resignation.
The Pakistani press reported that Sir Mark urged the government in Islamabad to reach a deal with the president by which he would resign and thereby escape prosecution.
“It’s the Brits who have stitched the deal,” Mr Ahsan said.
“Mark Lyall Grant ... won’t put a single man, a Britisher or non-Britisher in England or in the United Kingdom above the law and yet he comes here and puts the president above the law.
“Today giving safe passage out to Musharraf is allowing safe passage in to the next man three years down the line.”
He said that Mr Lyall Grant was a “key figure” in undermining the rule of law.