Selective vision

Published Jun 28, 2013 08:25am

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared on the floor of the house that former president and ex-army chief, Gen (R) Pervez Musharraf would be tried for treason under Article 6 of the constitution of Pakistan for imposing emergency in the country on November 3, 2007.

However, he has conveniently not pressed for the former Army Chief’s trial as a perpetrator of the Oct 12, 1999 coup. Is this because the latter trial, if instituted, would call into question the role of many other important personages?

Is he afraid that such a trial would include people all the way from the Prime Minister himself to the current Chief Justice of Pakistan, the sitting Army Chief, Gen. Pervez Ashfaq Kiyani, other retired and serving military officers as well as a host of parliamentarians who currently grace the house with their august presence?

What kind of a blurred vision is this and will it lead to all four corners of justice having been served?

Now that the incumbent democratic government has decided that the supreme judiciary should try a military ruler for his alleged misdeeds so that others in uniform may take heed and desist from adventurism in future, wouldn’t it be in the fitness of things if the deeds of earlier military generals were also called into question, albeit posthumously, and the national psyche purged of the burden of guilt that it has carried for the past so many decades?

These generals too abrogated the constitution and were as guilty as Gen Musharraf. In fact, one of them went so far as to allow the country to be torn asunder while he, like Nero, made merry and the nation’s army had to bear the absolute ignominy of surrendering to the Indians.

The prime minister would emerge more of a true-blue statesman if he were to go the whole hog and track back to the date when it all started – October 12, 1999.

JAVED ANSARI Karachi


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Sultan khan
Jun 28, 2013 06:11pm

If treason charges against Musharraf are proved he would be called a " traitor" in the history of Pakistan. But why not others be called traitors who did the same thing like General Ayub and especially General Zia the god-father of Nawaz. Moreover, the abettors/collaborators who acted out of their own free will shall also be called traitors. Hence, in order to do complete justice the case should start from the first abrogation of constitution and should include along with the main accused all the generals, politicians (like Nawaz who supported whole-heartedly Gen Zia) and all the judges who validated these military rules. Same title and punishment should be given to all irrespective of whether they are dead or alive.

Syed Ahmed
Jun 28, 2013 06:51pm

In his second term in the office, Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif and his trusted lieutenant General Ziauddin Butt the former ISI chief played foul by trying to create political divisions in Pakistan Army. Driven by his personal ambitions, ignored the actual situation on the ground, yet led an operation to stage an in-house coup in the Army with the blessings of Mr. Sharif. In reality, the thoughtless order of the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was an

Ahmer
Jun 29, 2013 01:51am

Good question. The biggest crime committed by the ex dictator was his coup of 12 October 1999 but no one will talk about it because CJP became a party to it.