Former President Pervez Musharraf.— File Photo
Former President Pervez Musharraf.— File Photo

RAWALPINDI/PESHAWAR: The Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Tuesday banned former military ruler Pervez Musharraf from politics for life.

The ruling came in response to an appeal filed by the former army strongman over the rejection of his nomination papers for the National Assembly seat in Chitral.

A four-member larger bench, headed by PHC Chief Justice Dost Mohammad Khan and comprising of Justice Malik Manzoor, Justice Syed Afsar Shah and Justice Ikramullah ruled that since Musharraf had abrogated the Constitution twice, he could not be allowed to contest elections for either the National Assembly or the Senate.

Announcing the decision, Justice Khan said Musharraf had imposed an illegal emergency and targeted the judiciary, therefore the court was imposing a life-time ban on the retired general, barring him from contesting polls for the national and provincial assemblies as well as the Senate.

The bench also rejected the former president's appeal over the rejection of his nomination papers from NA-32 (Chitral).

Also today, an anti-terrorist court in Rawalpindi ordered a two-week-long judicial remand for the retired general in the Benazir Bhutto murder case and also granted permission to Balochistan police to question him in the Akbar Bugti killing case.

Musharraf was not presented in court during Tuesday's hearing over security reasons.

Speaking to media personnel after the hearing, FIA’s special prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali alleged that Musharraf was not cooperating with the investigation team in the Benazir murder case.

Earlier last week, the court had sent him on a physical remand. Since then, FIA investigators have been questioning the former military ruler in the high profile murder probe.

Moreover, an anti-terrorism court in Rawalpindi rejected Musharraf’s plea for reconstitution of the joint investigation team (JIT).

Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in a gun-and-bomb attack outside Rawalpindi’s Liaquat Bagh on December 27, 2007 while Musharraf was president. She was killed after addressing an election campaign rally in the city.

The ATC had indicted Musharraf in the case in February 2011, and in August the same year he was declared a proclaimed offender and his property was attached because of his absence.

Also today, the ATC allowed Balochistan police to question Musharraf in the case pertaining to the killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Khan Bugti.

Bugti was killed in a military action in the mountains of Dera Bugti on August 26, 2006 while Musharraf was president as well as army chief.

Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month after nearly four years of self-imposed exile to contest the May 11 general election.

Election officials had barred Musharraf from running for the National Assembly earlier, effectively derailing his attempts to regain a place in politics by standing at the polls.

Although Musharraf’s legal battles have provided an electrifying sideshow in the election race, he commands scant popular support and the outcome of the drama is unlikely to have much impact on the final results.

Published Apr 30, 2013 08:09am

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proud to not be a pakistani
Apr 30, 2013 09:23am

the crazy thing is that people outside pakistan know musharraf is the the best and the most credible person to lead the country. whats really insane is that everyone in pakistan are so corrupt and money hungry that they will sacrifice the country to for the own personal gain and monetary benifits.

Apr 30, 2013 09:39am

Why did he returned back to Pakistan in the first place?

T Ahmed
Apr 30, 2013 09:49am

The "DAWN" has been writing & rewriting the following lines repeatedly in all its articles on Gen. Musharaf for last 20 days . "Although Musharraf’s legal battles have provided an electrifying sideshow in the election race, he commands scant popular support and the outcome of the drama is unlikely to have much impact on the final results."This exposes bankrupcy of quality writing & bankrupcy of journalism at DAWN. Are you incapable of writing any other sentence. I really feel sorry for the DAWN.

Apr 30, 2013 09:55am

I am surprised by decision of the court! There are several killings in Karachi and other parts of the country and candidates for Provincial and National Assembly have been killed. Who should be punished? Care taker chief ministers of each province or care taker prime minister as they failed to provide security? It is mockery of law and justice that for the murder of Benazir Bhutto, former President of the country is being tried!! Which country has such justice system? The security providing any one is not the job of Head of state. It is the job of Administration. Where is Chief Justice of Pakistan who wanted to provide justice to every one?

Apr 30, 2013 09:55am

Judicial Remand of Musharraf

Usman Aziz
Apr 30, 2013 10:18am

Salute to the great leader who has courage to face the manipulated and absurd judiciary and its pawns. You will be succeed because truth always dominate over the lies. We still love u

Apr 30, 2013 10:26am

If Musharraf was involved in Benazir Murder, he would never had returned and faced courts. Secondly why they are treating Musharraf as a prime suspect when Rehman Malik was direct Security In-charge of Benazir Rally ? All 5 years Malik chilled and court kept his eyes closed on Benazir Murder case ?

Apr 30, 2013 10:41am

'he commands scant popular support and the outcome of the drama is unlikely to have much impact on the final results.' yeah rite esp from the media...... shows that not only is the judiciary biased..... am totally disappointed with Dawn.....

Apr 30, 2013 11:27am

WHY ? the judicial remand for another 14 days. Can this not be challanged?

Apr 30, 2013 11:52am

‘he commands scant popular support and the outcome of the drama is unlikely to have much impact on the final results’. Yeah rite esp from the media……. Shows that not only is the judiciary biased.. am totally disappointed with Dawn…….. (had posted this earlier but my comments got ‘moderated’ or rather ‘censored’ by Dawn

Rashid Ahmad
Apr 30, 2013 12:04pm

Musharraf may or may not have had his hand in the murder of BB but he shure killed the constitution of Pakistan. Try and punish him for that first which is a crime of higher degree. BB murder trial will take time and can be continued later-on.

Apr 30, 2013 01:01pm

A great leader Pervaiz Musharaff is surrounded by corrupt and bias Judiciary and world most corrupt criminal politician.

Apr 30, 2013 01:52pm

Great achievement for Justice Pakistani Style.

Apr 30, 2013 02:01pm

Why does the last paragraph appear, in its original form, in every news item connected with General (Rtd.) Musharraf's court cases. Showing your BIAS against him, maybe !!

Apr 30, 2013 02:22pm

Although Musharraf’s legal battles have provided an electrifying sideshow in the election race, he commands scant popular support and the outcome of the drama is unlikely to have much impact on the final results.

Why is the above parargraph consistently added to all articles relating to Gen. Musharraf - We noted you point the first time

Ramesh Manghirmalani
Apr 30, 2013 02:33pm

He should be handcuffed and to ATC headquarters. Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali alleged that Musharraf was not cooperating with the investigation team in the Benazir murder case.

Apr 30, 2013 02:43pm

before trying him for disrupting and going against the constitution .....he should be tried for murdering Bugti.....this seems to matter so little to all in Pakistan. It was shameful and barbaric the way he was murdered and treated after his death. Justice delayed is justice denied.

Faran Ali
Apr 30, 2013 02:48pm

Musharraf should be tried but not for 2007 Emergency... but for the 1999 Military Coup... so that it includes all including the CJP Chaudhry Iftikhar for validating his military takeover then and also taking oath per the PCO.

amanullah rabbani
Apr 30, 2013 03:08pm

What a nonsense decision given by court! If these courts have already declared him as criminal then no need for his case to be heard in supreme court. He is already convicted. Why is now supreme court wasting time? This is hilarious and these judges have given a reason to everyone in the world to laugh at us!!!

Apr 30, 2013 03:09pm

Whatever his fate should be, he must be shown decency, which unfortunately he didn’t...... however, there must be a point to start :)

Ghalib Khab
Apr 30, 2013 03:13pm

So It is Dawn that decides who enjoys popularity and who does not, so why go through all these expenses of the elections, why don't they let Dawn decide how makes the next government.

Do you even call this Crap article reporting ?

Apr 30, 2013 03:15pm

yes, he should be banned.

Apr 30, 2013 03:15pm

Whatever his fate should be, he must be shown decency, which unfortunately he didn’t...... however, there must be a point to start :)

Apr 30, 2013 03:18pm

Cmon guys!!! " FIA’s special prosecutor Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali alleged that Musharraf was not cooperating with the investigation team in the Benazir murder case...." Isnt it true that PM is under arrest and open for any questions that any agency has then this comment is absolutely rubbish. You have a person in custody question him as much as you can !!!! But please provide the person with all the rights and individual has under investigation. I am sorry to say the proceedings that I have seen so far are all one sided and biassed and looks more like a Judicial Victimisation process rather than a fair trial. Please remember "NOT GUILTY UNTILL PROVEN".

Apr 30, 2013 03:19pm

This is getting personal and it is not a proper judicial trial !!!! None of the charges against him have been proved in the court and cases are in progress

Usman Aziz
Apr 30, 2013 03:22pm

Quite strange but an expected outcome from a totally biased and absurd judiciary present in Pakistan. Those who legitimize the take over of Musharaf are deciding the cases....... the PCO judges joined hands with him in all that are cleared but not the great musharaf. The murder of BB is carried out by the killers available on rent and everyone knows who hired them but could not speak a single word as the person is our president ( unfortunately )

Apr 30, 2013 03:23pm

I'd prefer to see musharaf treated like Dr. Aafia... strip searched every time he is presented in court.... and imprisoned for 86 years after a quickfire dodgy trial in front of a kangaroo court.

Apr 30, 2013 03:30pm


amanullah rabbani
Apr 30, 2013 03:35pm

Hilarious!!! What a quick justice!!!

M. Alvi
Apr 30, 2013 03:37pm

Some judges in Pakistan are not whole lot better than a common man on the street, and should be fired immediately. Musharraf is not convicted of any thing. On what basis this judge is barring Musharraf from election for life. This nonsense must stop.

Apr 30, 2013 03:39pm

One sane decision taken by Pakistan, a rare.

Apr 30, 2013 03:45pm

I am surprise why the Musharaf was treated in different way,this should be apply to all generals those involved in Ayub and Zia Martial law,why they are exempted,please do the justice that look like justice

Apr 30, 2013 03:45pm

Is that even legal? Banning someone from their basic rights? How in the world is that even legal? No seriously, this is absolutely ridiculous!

ishrat salim
Apr 30, 2013 03:47pm

Sure...he abrogated the constitution twice...all those also should be held accountable including the judges who legalized his first abrogation & also took oath under him as President of Pakistan....for this the Parliament of last govt gave immunity to the this justice...?

Apr 30, 2013 03:51pm

@Rashid Ahmad: Do you even know the definition of constitution...:D

Apr 30, 2013 03:55pm

Musharraf is a Hero. Whatever he did is right at all. We as a Pakistani need to have such a great leader whose action followed as He said. I really appreciate his wordings that "Government ke ander dusri government nhi chahiye". and he did so.

Mudassir Hussain
Apr 30, 2013 03:55pm

That is fine. But what about those Judges who took oath against PCO and then remained and flourished in their services. Accountability should be across the board specially for those who are responsible and accountable to provide "Justice".

Apr 30, 2013 03:56pm

A plea is being taken for the arrest of Mushraf and specific questions were being asked for the investigation purposes that when Benazir was assasinated he was the president of Pakistan and it was his responsibility to provide her security. Ok, valid arguement, accepted....... Now keeping this arguement in the mind, why the current president, chief minsiters, Interior ministers federal and provincial were arrested and put to trial because of thousands of innocent people in Karachi, Peshawar, Quetta and accross Pakistan have been killed in 5 years. If the security of Benazir was the responsibility of Mushraf, then the security of the citizens of Pakistan is also the responsibility of the government in business.

Muhammad Zafrul Islam
Apr 30, 2013 03:57pm

The military Generals who are sole responsible for each and every chaos of my beautiful and potential laden dreamland, must get a truly fair and perfectly open trial for all the heinous crimes, that they committed in past 66 years. All the institutions today stand raised to grounds and nation is tottering now. GHQ gave birth to politicians, with well designed timings, the politicians on which can ride as and when needed. The press and media also got heftily rewarded so as to comply all the filth of military Generals. The result is so ominous today. But things will improve and it will surely improve if the state constitution in adhered in its true spirit.

Apr 30, 2013 03:58pm

When Mr. Musharraf came back to Pakistan, in his thoughts he was leader. However, he did not have much following. However the latest series of judgements from our judiciary is sure making a leader out of him. Every judge seems to be in a mood to punish and frustrate him as much they can, I strongly believe that our judiciary should show maturity at this time and should not be carried away by hawks, who seems to be directing the course of actions in today’s judiciary.

Apr 30, 2013 04:01pm

These are criminal acts against one of our best leader. These people will pay the price of their ill motivated verdicts.

Apr 30, 2013 04:06pm

This is the time for Courts to show off their real face.... showing really the biasness and unjustice... now is their any one who can show them the mirror.

These are the same judges who endorse Musharaf in 1999 for three years.... shouldn't they be questioned for promoting army takeover.....

Apr 30, 2013 04:11pm

@Rashid Ahmad: One abrogation was protected by the constitution itself so that wasnt illegal anymore. whereas another was an emergency which was also protected by the Judiciary. Incumbent CJP over ruled the second one to protect his own future. Only a biased court can issue such orders.

Apr 30, 2013 04:12pm

May I ask under which law of the land he has been banned for life time. Say NO to JUDICIAL DICTATORSHIP.

Apr 30, 2013 04:17pm

Everyone that I've talked to is in favor of Musharraf but THIS news outlet "Dawn" clearly has taken political sides and every story on him is bias

Ram Krishan Sharma
Apr 30, 2013 04:27pm

@Rashid Ahmad: Try and punish those judges as well who helped Musharraf in abrogating the constitution of Pakistan.

Apr 30, 2013 04:27pm

Thank You Pervez Musharraf for exposing the biased Judiciary. I don't think they deserve to be called as Judges as per the norms of Judicial System.

Apr 30, 2013 04:37pm

Justice should be done BUT across the board it shouldn'`t be matter that if i some one wearing a big wig or wearing a brass

Azhar Yousafzai
Apr 30, 2013 04:40pm

Judiciary has displayed kiddish behaviour at the best ... I mean what good this judiciary for. They are the same judges who took oath under PCO considering it right. They are the same people responsible for the release of hundreds of terrorists on the basis of ' Lack of Evidence' .... They are the people who are unable to absorb the newly aquired power. I must say their recent actions are uinviting their impendind duisgrace in the society. Lets wait and see..... Third class use of authority i must say ...........

Apr 30, 2013 04:40pm

Good Decision by court

Apr 30, 2013 04:43pm

Judges are settling personal scores now. In other words, people and judges are endorsing that PPP tenure was high time for Pakistan and Musharaff's period was low time. Everybody knows about zardari's corruption but courts are not doing actions. Raja rental was given clean chit for elections. What a justice in pakistan.

Apr 30, 2013 04:47pm

Justice done.... Mushrraf could be a soft corner and better image of pakistan outside but his role in pakistan is good for nothing after ruling 9 years.

Haider Imtiaz
Apr 30, 2013 04:48pm

@Rashid Ahmad: totally agree. the treason case is more important.

Apr 30, 2013 04:53pm

This is Pakistani Courts. Just wait and see - New Chief Justice will lift life time ban and will prove the current ruling wrong in all legitimate terms. This is how "Constitution" is "manipulated" in Pakistani Courts by Black Coat Lawyers & Judges.

M R Khawaja
Apr 30, 2013 04:57pm

That is the whole Idea behind what has been happening to Musharraf since he went back to Pakistan. The courts are acting worse then dictator he was but they are the judges and executioners as well with stamp of law in their dirty hands. No wonder they call them Kangaroo courts he was and is willing to face charge but he can not face a personnel vendetta the judges are perusing against him.

Apr 30, 2013 05:03pm

This revengeful judiciary can do anything at the cost of egos and harm us in this critical juncture of history.

Apr 30, 2013 05:03pm

Musharraf will go down in history and list of blunders by these judges will be long in the history of Pakistan they will repent it inshahAllah

Apr 30, 2013 05:04pm

@junaid: why he should be banned ?? give me proper reason?

@shabbzz: is right !!

Apr 30, 2013 05:10pm

@Waseem: Musharaf should be hanged and dictators must be punish. Good ruling by courts

muhammad Akram
Apr 30, 2013 05:09pm

Dawn's comments on Pervez Musharaf are biased and one sided. This pure and pure yellow journalism. Every body else, regardless of his past deeds has been allowed to contest the election. Everybody else has been declared Koshar except Pervez Musharaf. What a cruel joke !!

Agha Ata
Apr 30, 2013 05:11pm

I wish people knew what the Rule of Law is.

Apr 30, 2013 05:17pm

@Ab: And you must only be knowing KEYBOARD!!!

Apr 30, 2013 05:23pm

He should have been banned much earlier....

Apr 30, 2013 05:51pm

@Sikki: Under the laws and constitution of Pakistan. Self-explanatory if you had read the news...

Apr 30, 2013 05:52pm

@Shehryar: If by bias you mean reporting what actually happened, then, yes, Dawn has clearly taken sides. Please stop being partisan and explain how Mush. did NOT violate the constitution.

Apr 30, 2013 05:53pm

@shabbzz: what particular charges have not been proven? care to list them and explain why you feel that he has not ben given a fair trial...

Apr 30, 2013 05:56pm

@atts: Dawn would be doing a pretty bad job, if your earlier comment was "censored" but this one was allowed through. If you don't agree with the judge, please, explain how Mush did NOT violate the constitution (please, refer to Mush's actions, dont go around saying person X did this "ussay kyoon nahi saza mili")...

shamim raza
Apr 30, 2013 06:00pm

I must say i have never seen so quick and efficient Pakistan courts decisions in my life, this is raising many questions on onesided attitude of our judicial system and i am wondered with the luke warm behavior of so called media and society. I must say ARMY will act now to save country from such disastrous situation otherwise it is going to be too late. All corrupt people even with allegations and verdicts of courts are contesting in upcoming polls except Mr Musharraf. God save Pakistan.

Shamim Raza

Akhter Husain
Apr 30, 2013 06:03pm

Brilliant-the judgement of Peshawar High court is as historical and land mark as was the one given earlier in Nawab Qasoori's case.In the same judgement the leaned judges declared that Gen(rtd)Musharraf abrogated the constitution twice.Is there any need to proceed further for treason case against Gen(rtd)Musharraf any more?

Apr 30, 2013 06:05pm

@KULWANT RAI SHARMA: Sharma Ji it was hardly a judicial decision rather it was a preconceived decision passed by a rival gang who think they have been wronged earlier.

Apr 30, 2013 06:08pm

@Ram Krishan Sharma: I totally agree with you. It can't be a selective one if there was abrogation at all........

Muhammad Farooq
Apr 30, 2013 06:11pm

"Destiny is a good thing to accept when it's going your way. When it isn't, don't call it destiny; call it injustice, treachery, or simple bad luck."

~Joseph Heller

Apr 30, 2013 06:11pm

What about the judged and CJ who validated the coup?

Apr 30, 2013 06:13pm

@DR HASNAIN: Democratic rule does not arise overnight as they say "Rome was not built in a week.." Have patience for a while bit longer. It will be all right without Genetal Musharraf.

Sheikh Altaf
Apr 30, 2013 06:13pm

Musharaf is a hero of Pakistan and a brave and genious personality.

Apr 30, 2013 06:16pm

this country is fun , not only free but a free style country , jis ka dhandha us kye bhens, sorry for President Musharraf, he is a true leader, God bless him and Pakistan ,

Apr 30, 2013 06:23pm

@Rashid ahmed "Sure he did it also in 99 and SC authenticated that and our CJ has taken oath on that PCO but no one can see that because SC is so blind with the Vengence ,so may be it is right but surely it is not justice " coz if justice is done no one will be left un harm

Apr 30, 2013 06:30pm

Dawn is just as biased as the judiciary. Every story of Musharraf is ended with this pet phrase " he commands scant popular support and the outcome of the drama is unlikely to have much impact on the final results". Who made Dawn in charge of determining "scant popular support"? Is Dawn blind or ignorant, or just dishonest on purpose? Stop this.

Apr 30, 2013 06:35pm

A good decision, to be honest. what did anyone actually expect? Do you think an army general who over threw a democratically elected government has the right to contest any public office? set aside the corrupt/nepotistic nature of the Nawaz Sharif government.

The reality is these army generals believe the law does not apply to them. The courts have answered them today. He should be in jail.

Apr 30, 2013 06:40pm

why are people blaming Dawn? dawn didn't stage a coup! I think you need to reorient your logic.

Apr 30, 2013 06:46pm

Judiciary you are fired! The reason they want to pursue Akbar Bughti case is because these corrupt politician wants immunity against any kind of action against them. Today Taliban is rampant on the streets but no one dare to take any action since they fear that they will put woman and children in the line of fire and than the brunt will fall on the people who called for the action. The sad reality is that majority in key decision making position are corrupt and the cancer of corruption will continue to spready until we decide to cut out the deformed part of our body. I am pacifist so therefore do not beleive in gun culture and the only way we can stop spread of cancer is by not supprting these corrupt individuals and demand continuous change of remedy till we find the best medication for the cure.

Apr 30, 2013 06:46pm

@shabbzz: All the judges are trying to save their necks. Musharraf and the honest pakistanis are watching every their word and verdict carefully. Until now judicial system in pakistan has lost its credibility. It seems all the jackals are hounding against a tiger who is winning with his innocence.

Apr 30, 2013 06:50pm

@Rashid Ahmad: Before barring Musharraf from elections for life for abrogating the Constitution of Pakistan twice the High Court is required to give the defendant a chance to plead his side of the case. Summary justice is no justice

Apr 30, 2013 07:00pm

Very disappointed in Dawn's conduct. Instead of impartial reporting and analysis, they are clearly taking the biased route. Absolutely disgraceful.

Imran Ahmed
Apr 30, 2013 07:07pm

Our judiciary...wait the politicians judiciary has acted swiftly. Judiciary is now also a privilege, not available to the common man. As a citizen, I want to see similar justice against corrupt politicians. Justice should be blind, not turn a blind eye to corruption.

Apr 30, 2013 07:11pm

Ok Mushaaraf... during your times, economy was at its best.. thats a huge crime to do... so you are banned for life so that you can never rule pakistan and never able to improve the economoy again.... come on guys... today people talk how the arrogant decisions of the military leaders and political leaders created bangladesh.... This was one military leader who uesd his brain not ego and saved pakistan from the fury of USA.... and thats treason.. People like Bhutto who broke the country into Two are still the hero.... We indians hate him cause he was bad for us but even then i wish to say he was the best thing to happen to pakistan, why dont you pick the economic studies for the whole existence of pakistan...

Apr 30, 2013 07:23pm

@Rashid Ahmad: Stop doing cut and paste. I saw this same comment at three different blogs by three different so call bloggers... Do you really know what you are posting....problem with Pakistan is people like you.

Apr 30, 2013 07:25pm

@ishrat salim: If parliament has the right to grant immunity then it is just. If parliament does not have the right to grant immunity then it would be unjust. A similar case can be made for presidential pardon from death penalty. Nowhere is it ever implied that if the president pardons one person he should pardon all convicts. Each appeal for pardon is reviewed independently. Ultimately it is the presidents choice and that is protected by the constitution.

Apr 30, 2013 07:25pm

@Ram Krishan Sharma: Go file a case against the judges and others who you feel were complicit. To date the only case filed has been against Musharraf and Shaukat Aziz.

ali ahmed
Apr 30, 2013 07:27pm

shame on judiciary ...this is height of revenge....what about the judges who validated his action...CJ and many others judges still under the PCO oath

Apr 30, 2013 07:30pm

@Zeeshan: This what judiciary do in pakistan. 1.unjustice, 2. Prolong the cases so the lawyers and judges can make more money and Registrar can get more bribe.

Apr 30, 2013 07:31pm

@Kashif : What is a hero of? Kargil?

S. Tanwir Hasan
Apr 30, 2013 07:33pm

Pakistan's judiciary is highly charged, vindictive, biased and activist. There seems to be no difference between judiciary and unruly and thuggish lawyers of Pakistan. Even God cannot save this unfortunate nation from committing suicide.

Apr 30, 2013 07:33pm

Its a clear case of revenge. Comon guys - he might have taken some bad decisions but at least he is not corrupt (I think). No body can dare touch the corrupt politicians who have been looting the country for decades

Apr 30, 2013 07:33pm

@amanullah rabbani: Better quick than delayed. If it took 5 years to do this you would be complaining that it would be your grandchildren who would learn of the verdict.

I for one am glad that the courts are turning things around quickly. I remember a land case my grandfather petitioned - took 20 years. Now the time is less than 1 year.

Apr 30, 2013 07:34pm

strong textMusharraf's return to Pakistan was assured when he was given a "Pompous-Salute-Drumbeat" send off at the airport...... in his fickle mind he thought he is The Mr Pakistan......and the only one.....such minds are easy to play upon........and he was persuaded to come back without much difficulty....his Lawyer ..Kasori saw to it that Mussharraf comes back...the Lawyer will fleece Mussharraf for every penny Musharraf has in and out of Pakistan and then will look the other way.....

sane voice
Apr 30, 2013 07:42pm

Time and again,leaders miscalculate.Noreiga of panama is in Jail instead of enjoying his billions when he crossed Reagen.same happened to Sadam Hussain. He could have been enjoying life with his children ,had he had foresight to withdraw from Kuwait. Musharraf miscalculated his support and his opposition.

Pakistani before 2008
Apr 30, 2013 07:47pm

@Zeeshan: This is Pakistan my friend. All the backward illogical things happen here. This country is for the hand full of corrupt losers. This country is not the voice of the people.

Apr 30, 2013 07:49pm

Shame on the judiciary for banning Musharraf. Will another "Bhutto" be hanged?

Apr 30, 2013 07:51pm

totally disagree with the decision of PHC.... if so, all corrupt politicians should also be banned for life as they also have crossed the limits of constitution by indulging in corruption and several other crimes... where's the justice than? Courts are blamming that person who have fought for the sovreignity of Pakistan and fought wars for Pakistan too. again, sorry to say, huge disappointment by our courts. requested to please review your decision and don't make anything personal. Pakistan first.....always!

Apr 30, 2013 07:53pm

This has set a precedent and given power to judiciary for any future excursion by an ambitious general. It's the best news this year from Pakistan.

Zafar Malik
Apr 30, 2013 07:56pm

People of Citral Boycott this election.

Apr 30, 2013 07:58pm

@Zeeshan: Basic Rights? What is about, yes Judges have the right to protect their Jeyallas and ignore the crimes of their kin. So please don't talk about Basic Rights unless you are judge yourself.

Apr 30, 2013 08:02pm

@Zeeshan: It is perfectly legal, you can check the world over, Thats what should happen to dictators. Of course this also means that his partners in crime be punished.

Mr A
Apr 30, 2013 08:08pm

A Nation at Fall

Sami Ullah
Apr 30, 2013 08:11pm

Well, as a Pakistani, I believe, Musharraf got what he deserved. I think, Musharraf should also be questioned regarding the unrest in Swat and how could their SSG failed to root out one mulla to have saved the valley. Rather he used the unrest in Swat to declare emergency.

Second, he should be also questioned as to how he managed to have built this huge billion Rs house in Chak Shehzad, if his sole source of income was a monthly salary.

Fellow middle class in Pakistan, we don't need abuser and corrupt people. Period.

Amjad Wyne
Apr 30, 2013 08:16pm

@Shehryar: Dawn is not an objective paper - it may not be as biased as some of the other papers but it is very biased nonetheless.

Apr 30, 2013 08:17pm

This is not only injustice but it is also a revenge in name of justice...Musharraf committing Treason is mere allegation and it will be crime when tried and found guilty in fair and free court with no influence of extremism and personal grudges . A judge who does not differentiate between alleged crime vs. conviction simply because of biases , is not a judge but politician

Apr 30, 2013 08:26pm

As you sow so shall you reap

Apr 30, 2013 08:30pm

Musharraf sent an inquiry about Chief Justice to judicial commission on Prime minister's complaint. This was constitutional. But lawyers did not let that inquiry take place. This was the reason for emergency. With the over activism and politicizing off judiciary, we now know that Musharraf's decision was right. Oh, have I committed contempt of court? Did Islam protect even Khulafa e Rashideen from crticism? If they never got angry on criticism, why we can not criticize judiciary.

Apr 30, 2013 08:33pm

Without proving him guilty of any count, the courts have no authority to take away anybody's rights. This is a very irresponsible judgement and a shameful day for the "independent judiciary".

karam khan
Apr 30, 2013 08:42pm

Politics is something very diferent from military

Apr 30, 2013 08:46pm

It is just a drama. Musharraf wasn't going any where any way if he even he was allowed to contest an election. Assuming that he won a seat, he would have been a lonely miserable figure neglected and disrespected and inconsequential. He would have eventually realized his mistake, pulled stakes and gone back to London or Abu Dhabi for a comfortable safe re-retirement. Now he is in deep doo doo and praying that COAS Kayani would save him for old times sakes.

Syed Ahmed
Apr 30, 2013 08:50pm

Little knowledge is a dangerous thing. On Oct 12, 1999, the Army took control when Gen Prevaiz Mushrraf was in the air. No Martial Law was imposed and President of Pakistan Rafiq Tarar remained in his office. On November 3, 2007, President General Musharraf declared the state of emergency in the country and the Constitution was not abrogated. It was held in abeyance which was not an offence as per Article 6, than in force. How can the KPK High Court ban former military ruler Pervez Musharraf from politics for life.

Muhammad Naveed
Apr 30, 2013 08:56pm

Musharaf what can I Say Part of me had deep respect for you untill you committed mass murders. Give me one reason who gave you rights to do extra judicial killings in Balochistan or In islamabdad , Clearly I think you have gone too far in self obsession of power.

We still belive we should try our best to give you fair trial. Only God does actual justice.

Muhammad Naveed
Apr 30, 2013 08:58pm

I hope you understand musharaf if needed your sacrifice is important to set a good precedent for future generations to come.

Apr 30, 2013 08:59pm

@atts: Dawn was founded by Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. The tragedy is the current Dawn Staff has become talibanized politically and it is a stab on the back of Quaid-e-Azam. Jaseem

Apr 30, 2013 09:04pm

These judges are appointed and not elected officials. They have no business making politically motivated decisions. Injustice has been done to Musharaf. Country need bloody coup in which Judiciary, Lawyers and mullahs have to be purged.

Jalal Khan
Apr 30, 2013 09:10pm

Nawaz forced him to come to power by not letting his plan land, remember! What would you do if you were in his shoes? Musharraf's only mistake is not getting rid of corrupt politicians and mullah when he seized the power. He SHOULD HAVE BEEN ANOTHER KAMAL ATATURK. Jalal Khan

Apr 30, 2013 09:11pm

I do not think he needs anymore politics. I think he would like to retire and have some peaceful life. But life in Pakistan is never peaceful.

Apr 30, 2013 09:16pm

@Mr A: Why don't people like you have courage to write their actual name.

Ahmad Munir
Apr 30, 2013 09:23pm

It seems Musharaff has more supporters here than in entire Pakistan :) Funny that supporters of Mush want a "fair trail" for a military dictator with blood stained hands who respected no law.

Pak Sar Zameen
Apr 30, 2013 09:30pm

My memory of Pervaiz Musharraf was of a strong man with a strong urge to improve our nation. When he was around, our nation was the 3rd fastest growing country economically around the world. Pakistan was safe, things were in order. I do admit, he made a few blunders, but he's done more good than bad. If this is what the court of Pakistan has decided, I hope even worse is done for Zardari and the Sharif brothers... They are bandits let loose! Justice is very close to common sense, but I guess like the saying goes, common sense is no longer common! My advice to Musharraf is to escape, asap... If clowns like Altaf hussian can run the show while sitting in his cozy London mansion, you certainly have a better position... Leg it mate!

Apr 30, 2013 09:32pm

@Syed: You are right. In Pakistan's case the jury and the judge are the same thing.

Apr 30, 2013 09:39pm

you people are all Munafiqeen. you are the same people who celebrated when Musharraf took power. And now you side with the corrupt politicians and judiciary. read surah yaseen with translation. it talks about people like you. Musharraf is a Hero. one of the few left. he did what needed to be done to this filthy system. you cant have a revolution without blood history proves that. Sadly the people of pakistan proved themselves to be very weak and useless. Good luck in the future. you people are the real reason why our country is in this state. everyone is worried about themselves. think about this mother who you raped. Allah is watching you, and your Zalim so called Leaders. Jiye Musharraf. Pakistan Zindabad.

Apr 30, 2013 09:42pm

@Sami Ullah: As far as corruption goes you will find that not a single person (including nawaz sharif ) would dare come out and say that Gen. musharraf or anyone from his family ever took a single rs. from the state which wasn't theirs rightfully. and please it is not a billion rs. house!

Any retired army general can tell you that on retirement there are certain benefits that he is given for his service (mind you that Gen. musharraf fought two wars for this country and no one will deny his gallantry even today!), a service which takes your entire life, in which you are to lay your life even when needed to. for this the GoP rewards them with land, in various schemes (all of which are paid for on a subsidised or installment basis) these also include farming lands (such as chak shehzad farms). Also Gen. musharraf is one of the highest paid international speaker (only bill clinton, tony blair are paid more than him). you will never hear about his children being involved in hajj, NICL, or drug scams! so please corruption allegations are baseless.

Apr 30, 2013 09:43pm

Time to move forward. His day has come and gone. Musharraf is yesterday's news. It is because of the groundwork he put into place that is the cause of many of the problems facing Pakistan today. He does command scant popular support as evidenced by the largely muted reaction from the public on his inglorious return. Just one more corrupt, self centered, self aggrandizing ex-leader trying to hitch a ride on the Pakistani gravy train. Good riddance.

iqbal carrim
Apr 30, 2013 09:44pm

The curtains have fallen. Reasons given by the court for his political banishment for life appears to be fair.Bigger than politics, he can now play the role of an adviser in a stricly impartial capacity

iqbal carrim
Apr 30, 2013 09:47pm

Curtains have fallen.Reasons given by the court for his political banishment appear to be fair.Bigger than politics, he can make himself useful as an impartial adviser

Apr 30, 2013 09:50pm

Politician, police, judges are part of society, they are no different than an ordinary people, it is just they have country's precious resource disposal at their wish, weather they use it for personal use or in benefit of society

Expecting one person can change the country is not a sustainable idea.

Every person need to change and do what he expect from the society, then we will have clean administration, police , judges, doctors, lawyers etc. :-)

Zahid Ali
Apr 30, 2013 09:54pm

pakistani courts have started pen pushing with Mr Musharf, The world is watching

pakistani style justice

Kashif Khan
Apr 30, 2013 09:57pm

The judges have gone wild with power. Musharraf was our best leader. Why aren't the judges held accountable? Pathetic journalism from DAWN.

Apr 30, 2013 10:00pm

@Shehryar: ofcourse Rs. 1.32 billion of the ministry of information is missing. now i know where to find it :p

Apr 30, 2013 10:02pm

@Jaseem: I find the Dawn more Anti Taliban than other newspapers.

Ali Faraz
Apr 30, 2013 10:06pm

@Sami Ullah: Yea, right. People like Zardari and Sharifs have done alot of good for you. All Musharaf did was corruption. Period, I guess your having yours now

Apr 30, 2013 10:07pm

@Sami Ullah: Musharraf got paif for speaking abroad. He earned his living while risking his life for Pakistan throughout his career. He din not earn 10% commission like Zardari or defaulted on a Rs 1 Billion loan like the Sharifs.

Wali Muhammad
Apr 30, 2013 10:21pm

i think u have never heard of thing called, "NRO". so just wait and watch :)

Shirin Abid
Apr 30, 2013 10:26pm

are you confused Musharraf? I can see why. You really thought you'd get a hero's welcome and you'd be the next president or monarch? Such is your ego that you did not even fathom being put under arrest like a common murderer. I am sure you'd give anything to go back to the security of your mansion in Dubai or NY. Alas the mills of God grind slow but they grind exceedingly small.

Apr 30, 2013 10:38pm

@Sami Ullah: Do you also want to comment on Bilawal House 2 of President of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari.

Munir Varraich
Apr 30, 2013 10:38pm

The judiciary has passed a judgement without any court proceedings and the decision of the 4 men has already come in the press.

So much for the justice system in Pakistan. We had seen the "Gungnam style" democracy, and now we witness the "gnagster style" judiciary. Reminds us of the Wild West days of the USA. We need not follow the western styles so blindly, after all Indus Valley has her own history and traditions.

MAV Sweden

Apr 30, 2013 11:04pm

Every word "Dawn" has reported regarding the dictator is true so blame yourself not the reporting if you want to favor a dictator, mass killer, destroyer of a country and thinks he is above the law.

marghoob ahmed siddiqui
Apr 30, 2013 11:25pm

Parvez Musharraf is being punished for his treatment to Judges. They had already legalized his action of October 1999 and gave authority to amend Constitution. What new was done by him ?

Apr 30, 2013 11:35pm

Great, Khud aap apne daam me sayyad agaya,Long live judiciary.

hamza khan
Apr 30, 2013 11:49pm



hamza khan
Apr 30, 2013 11:51pm

@Rashid Ahmad:

how did he kill constitution? and wasnt he aided and abetted by dear CJ himself the first time? i love that there is no cause and effect rationale in our courts. how can november 3 be illegal but october 1999 not be?

Apr 30, 2013 11:56pm

@Zee: Totally agree with you. There is no objective reporting at Dawn or anywhere else in Pakistan. Like our schooling system, its all chappa or repeat of the same old over and over. Another aspect of Dawn's bias and that of other newspapers is to show a photo of Musharraf fixing his hair or wiping sweat as if to make it look like he is worried over these silly judicial and media witch hunts.

Musharraf never cared about winning a seat or two in the parliament. Ban him from participating in elections, it still does not stop him from supporting the idea of "Pakistan first!"

To the rest of Pakistan, be happy with your saadiq and ameen politicians because no less than the ECP and the judicial system of Pakistan has approved them. With leaders like the former PM, Zardari and NS and their henchmen asking for your votes, I am sure you will get the best leadership in the World! And no Imran Khan and PTI are not winning in a landslide. That is your wishful thinking! Here is to you all, another 5 happy years under a new bunch of saadiq and ameen politicians!

Jalaluddin S. Hussain
May 01, 2013 12:11am

@Ram Krishan Sharma: I fully agree with Ram Krishan Sahib. It is not only Musharraf but others who advised him to abrogate the Constitution of Pakistan should be given exemplary punishment!

May 01, 2013 12:13am

on 13 May 2000, Pakistan’s 12 member Supreme Court unanimously validated the October 1999 coup and granted Musharraf executive and legislative authority for 3 years from the coup date. Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry was one of the judges that validated.

On 28 September 2007, the Supreme Court cleared the way for President Pervez Musharraf to seek another five-year term, and stand for Presidential elections, when six of the nine judges, rejected a tangle of petitions against him and threw out a major legal challenge to his re-election plans. Presided by Justice Rana Bhagwandas.

President Musharraf was elected President of Pakistan, on 6th October 2007, by a combined electoral of the Senate, National Assembly and the FOUR Provincial Assembles.

On 15 Feb 2008, the Supreme Court validated the proclamation of emergency of 3rd Nov 2007, PCO 2007 and oath of the judges. This full court judgment was written by Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar.

Therefore all the elected parliamentarians, the chief justice and many judges who approved the actions of Pervez Musharraf, are equally guilty of helping and abating an act claimed by opponents of Pervez Musharraf as treason as such they are all equally guilty too and face the same trial and punishment.

May 01, 2013 12:23am

Musharraf's fair trial and accountability without any threats and pressure from any institution will benefit Armed Forces Institution the most and Pakistan at large. The recent pressure tactics adopted by a Musharraf supporting group of Armed Forces Officers who have claimed in their statement that Armed Forces Institution ( in another words the Armed Forces People) are beyond criticism has only angered the sensible people all over the world. This also shows the mind set of such AFOs who believe themselves as masters of the people and not servants. This is how Musharraf had ruled the people imprisoning top 50 judges with their family members?

rashid zaidi
May 01, 2013 12:27am

This is good news, the supremacy of the law should be foremost, the Constitution of Pakistan being the law of the land must be respected and protected by all means. These are growing pains Pakistan is on the right track now. There are plenty of young educated Pakistanis around to run the country, so go and vote on May 11, and make history. Pakistan is not a jagir it's a vibrant state which is finally finding it's rhythm. Make the difference and vote for the right people and put Pakistan on the road to a better future. InshaAllah

May 01, 2013 12:48am

@Jaseem: Dawn and Talibanized? Really? Until Sabiz Nazar and NFP keep writing in Dawn, it cannot be talibanized, for sure. If you are stubborn and biased enough that you cannot even digest a news that goes against your views, then back off and stay away from false accusations!

May 01, 2013 12:58am

Good for Pakistan.

May 01, 2013 01:07am

@imtiaz: To set a precedent one will need to punish all the politicians and judges who gave a free pass to Musharraf for 3 year. Accepting apologies from some and punishing one does not set a precedent.

May 01, 2013 01:24am

This is nothing,but personal vendetta from the judiciary.

Ayesha Khan
May 01, 2013 01:36am

It never pays to be good, we as Pakistani's forget very easily the good intentions. All the allegations with which Parvez Musharaff has been charged carries no weight, as he never went through any trials by the judiciary. Banning him for a life time is a plain statement by the senior courts, and its not a verdict, as for passing a verdict one needs enough proofs to charge someone before the final verdict.. It is not all fair that he was never provided even a faint chance to clarify himself, and all that we, and the entire world heard about him are based on personal whims and views. Its a pure act of venegence, and we deeply regret. There a many others against whom there were plenty of evidence, to be proven quilty, but still they move freely with extreme audacity. Mr Musharaff as the chief of the army staff should have been trialled ---but not dis honored so sensesly.

Kamran Khan
May 01, 2013 01:39am

Worst form of democracy is better than the best form of dictatorship. Musharaf should be made an example for those who want to overthrow democracy and establish dictatorship.

May 01, 2013 01:42am

Pervez Musharaff is a nuisance.

May 01, 2013 01:51am

Musharaf will bounce back. Till then he has to nominate a party head to contest the elections. A man who did so much for Pakistan saved it from the disaster created by Nawaz sharif and in return this is how we repay our patriots.

May 01, 2013 02:16am

Long live General Musharaf , the only politician in history who dared to come back to Pakistan and face the ugly politicians who were hell bend on hurting him for one reason or another... At least he came back to Pakistan and faced everybody like a man ....................

May 01, 2013 02:16am

@imtiaz: If you think the judiciary did this for carrying out justice then you are dead wrong. This was done just in revenge. People see for what it is, not what you think it is.

May 01, 2013 02:20am

**He just filed an appeal and here they banned him for life. IT seems that they are Law Mongers **

May 01, 2013 02:38am

@sar: There were only 20 people there. May be few more!

May 01, 2013 02:47am

How can these 4 judges ban Musharraf on the basis of those crimes when he has not been proven guilty and the crimes they have mentioned are in court of Law. The judges have actually intervened and given a verdict on behalf of the other cases. This is a serious misconduct and SC should take an action against these Judges before the activism and corruption in judiciary leaves no hope for Pakistan.

May 01, 2013 02:57am

Score settling 100%. This is dictatorship by judges .. now they consider them 'untouchables'.

sohail pasha
May 01, 2013 03:48am

@Muhammad Naveed: Answer one question... who gave the Burka wearing Aziz the right to arm himself and his follower, to kidnap and vandalize other peoples property in the name of Islam no matter how wrong they are. or gun totting terrorist Bugti who destroyed Pakistan state property and terrorize its citizens, attack its armed forces. answers please

May 01, 2013 03:52am

It is biased and shameless for the judiciary. Judges are taking every thing personal against Musharraf it is very biased nonetheless.. They don't follow the Constitution, what is shameful Pakistani Judiciary.

May 01, 2013 03:55am

@Cobrajock: Now Pakistan has an imperial judiciary. Why not allow Musharraf to contest the elections and let the people decide instead of this obviously vindictive and mean behavior of the powers that be.

May 01, 2013 04:52am

I did not like most Musharrafs policies. However, I do respect him for his work. He fought for the country as a soldier. He revived the economy. The main thing in Pakistan that we need at this point is economy. His 10 yrs, value of rupee did not fall as much as any of his predecessors or after him.

Thank you General sahab. And please forgive the naive ppl of Pakistan. We are good ppl, we just don't have the foresight.

May 01, 2013 05:23am

If FIA is investigating Musharaf about Benazir Murder because he was the president at that time then I would say President Zardari Should also be investigated by FIA for all those murder of innocent people of Pakistan by bomb blast and target killing specially the bomb attack on innocent people of Hazara community of Quetta because it was his responsibility of providing protection to all citizen's of Pakistan. I didn't mean not to investigate Musharaf but justice will be served if President Zardari should also be investigated.

May 01, 2013 05:27am

This applies to the entire nation of Pakistan

May 01, 2013 09:57am

What is illegal when it has been validated by the parliament and the judiciary itself. Does it mean that every succeeding judiciary can overturn or challenge the earlier decisions of judiciary or parliament. This personal vendetta has to stop somewhere.

May 01, 2013 10:06am

@Mukesh: Mushraf was in power for almost 10 years.What he did to root the corruption?

May 01, 2013 10:19am

@imtiaz: "sane" I think u meant to say insane! Do u know the Lal masjid commission report is out. ONLY 103 people were killed NO WOMEN was killed. No one in the media is bringing up this issue, ASK URSELF Y??

May 01, 2013 10:20am

what is wrong with the Judiciary The President of the country was initially spared due to immunity clauses, big disgrace to the nation, then NRO was declared illegal by the Supreme Court of Pakistan no punitive action taken against anybody, what about Memo Gate, was it not serious enough to take severe action against all traitors, why the person involved was shielded by the President and the Prime Minister. How come the ex-Prime Minister and the son of Yusuf Raza Gilani involved in serious crime has been given permission to contest elections. Any body committing a crime must be punished but by being selective the Judiciary has shown their biases, this makes the judiciary very ordinary no doubt there is no rule of law in Pakistan, just monkey business. what they did to East Pakistan was not enough now the Punjabi lobby wants to destroy the remaining part of Pakistani.

May 01, 2013 10:25am

@Muhammad Naveed: What about people involved in Memo Gate they deserve more sever punishment.

Syed Asif Zafar
May 01, 2013 11:07am

i belive This court drama and its very unlikely our people not come out the street.Musharraf is most favourable person in pakistan.Inshallah soon he wil become out and led the pakistan.god will help musharraf.

Syed asif zafar Jeddah

May 01, 2013 11:08am

This guy is a great leader

May 01, 2013 11:27am

Example of Army Generals from Iraq, Syria and Libya and now it's Pakistan.

M Rafique
May 01, 2013 11:34am

The ruling seems to be not conforming with the appeal filed in court. However it do satisfy ego of some of the individuals

May 01, 2013 11:35am

@Muhammad Naveed: "Musharaf what can I Say Part of me had deep respect for you until you committed mass murders" Musharraf never committed mass murders

May 01, 2013 11:37am

@Pakistani before 2008: Do not intermingle the accomplishments of general musharaf with his misgivings...he is being apprehended and arraigned for what negatives he did to the country...Plus the very big lesson of life for all in Pakistan...Bureaucracy is supreme power, whether it be judicial system, DMG, Foreign Office or else....they have got the reigns of power

Akhter Husain
May 01, 2013 11:44am

@imtiaz: Surely "The Future Excursions" is now the sole properitory right of judiciary.

May 01, 2013 11:54am

thats not justice kooks like the pathan juge is biased

Mirza A Wahid
May 01, 2013 12:11pm

Pervez Musharraf is a Victimize of Judicial Terrorism, Judiciary is an enjured party and how a corrupt party can give justice to second party.? All the cases against Musharraf must be trialed in nutral or/and international courts.

Ghalib Khan
May 01, 2013 12:38pm

Dear Dawn, Very Biased article, you can see your so called scant popularity by comments below, yes these supporters are educated people and do not come out with sticks and Guns on every disagreement. but I believe your News Paper enjoys viewer-ship of these people only.

I am sure they are not going to allow overseas Pakistanis to vote, we see Pakistan from outside like the World sees it, and that is the view which will matter in the end.

May 01, 2013 12:47pm

I believe that jumping directly to the conclusion and putting a life-time ban on someone is very easy but it's consequences might be not so easy.

May 01, 2013 12:55pm

Here we have a duality. We have criminals as MPs and President. Yet Musharraf is banned. And Pakistani's wonder why kids point to Pakistan on a map and laugh.

May 01, 2013 01:46pm

Out of 8 years first 3 years were progressive but remaining 5 were disasterous. When you make compromise with corrupt in order to remain in power then the outcome is futile. Justice should prevail !!!. This election is very important for Pakistan. Need to vote above our linguistic, ethinic and religious biases. Vote to the party who will take out us from status quo.

muzammil ullah khan
May 01, 2013 01:49pm

This is a Kangaroo Court and those sitting on the benches there are no judges . They are simply a bunch of revenge seeking midgets .

kashif A
May 01, 2013 01:58pm

@Sami Ullah: He built one house.... he has no sugar mills or industries. Do u ever ask the Nawaz and Zardari how they made their billions?

kashif A
May 01, 2013 02:14pm

@Rashid Ahmad: what about our politicans who has been making a joke of the consitution by being: corrupt and doing nothing for the betterment of the country..... they do nothing except for filling their own bank accounts. This judiciary is as corrupt as our policitans. Who would challange them on their honesty? Flawd system from top to bottom.

May 01, 2013 02:46pm

@ali ahmed: Indeed those judges who validated the martial law and subsequent actions should be called to answer for their actions. Perhaps what they will say is what Musharraf said when the US 'asked' for Pakistan's help in dealing with Afghanistan ... do it or face severe harm.

May 01, 2013 02:49pm

@Zeeshan: Of course he must first be tried AND convicted. THEN the appropriate penalty extracted. This is judicial activism. Not good.

May 01, 2013 02:54pm

Well, the mass killings that people are talking about were due to FACTS that these people were declaring a STATE-WITHIN-A_STATE. This is not allowed or permitted by ANY state. The situation in Baluchistan is GRIM with ONE CLAN setting up their own jails, their own law, etc...

So please read the facts and then accuse Musharaf. But there is one thing that is bothersome about him. Why did he excuse the THUGS [Loans EXCUSED of Millions/Billions of Rupees] who looted the national wealth? He had no right to do so.

May 01, 2013 03:13pm

Wow! so many Musharraf supporters. I wonder where they were when he arrived and where they will be leading up to the elections and after that. To have thought that he would be treated like a king when he comes back was one hell of a miscalculation on his part and he is partly responsible for his treatment when expecting justice from the courts of the country whose judges he detained. Further, how can there be justice in Pakistan where some judges including the CJ himself validated the NRO and his son was let off the hook so easily in a 400 million corruption scam. How can there be justice in Pakistan where Musharraf is barred from contesting the elections while people like Nawaz Sharif and Raja Pervaiz Ashraf are allowed to do so. Unfortunately, "is hammam main sab nangay hain". Good thing is people can take one step towards betterment in the coming elections, however, history has given people such chances before.

May 01, 2013 05:00pm


when he came back to Pakistan his supporters numbered a few hundred. When Benazir returned in 1988 over a hundred thousand people turned up to greet her. Is it not then possible for Dawn to suggest relatively Musharraf has scant support? Also add in the performance of his PML-Q in the last election, and their foretold virtual destruction in the coming election you may begin to understand not everyone in Pakistan thinks as you do.

Pakistanis want to blame the press when the world around them does not conform to their personal preferences. However the press only reflects what is happening, they are not responsible for the events.

May 01, 2013 05:32pm

@Muhammad Naveed:

Mr Naveed

Its is responsiblity of government to curb violence and handle all criminals . People who were killed in Lal Masjid and Baluchistan were all criminals. Go and check nespapers that were published at that time Anyone who is against Pakistan should be handle according to law and brought to justice

May 01, 2013 05:44pm

All people who are posting against Musharraf don't know what they are writing. All educated and sensible people support him. They all need some education and need to grow up. They are supporters of Nawaz Sharif and all these biased Judges. These Judges have done nothing other than to keep their offices. People are not getting justice on time. Musharraf is a true Pakistani, he did a lot for the country. Country was growing at a rapid rate. All these hosts and TV channels who are talking bad about him, Musharraf is the one who allowed all these channels to operate in Pakistan, it is because of him they are making so much money. Nobody used to talk about these journalist before, they were living below average life. They should be ashamed of themselves. As I always say, people dont care if it is Military or Democracy, they just need food , water, power, education etc. If Musharraf has violated constitution then all these political parties have violated constitution by not providing necessary things for ordinary people. I totally support Musharraf, Nawaz Shariff should start paying taxes, he has no education , no leadership qualities, dont know how to talk. He did nothing in his previous governments.

Syed Ahmed
May 01, 2013 06:22pm

President General Musharraf did not impose Martial Law on 27 October 1999. In the second instance also, on Nov 3, 2007, he declared the state of emergency in the country but the Constitution was not abrogated. It was held in abeyance which was not an offence as per Article 6, than in force. How can PHC place a life term bar on Mushrraf for contesting elections?

May 01, 2013 06:41pm

@Muhammad Naveed: Mass murder? How many bodies have you seen? People terrorising the State MUST be punished. He did absolutely the right thing. I would have done the same to protect the interests of Pakistan.

Bill Gates
May 01, 2013 07:55pm

Musharraf just take your pension and play with your Grand Kids and be Happy. Pakistani Politics is not your piece of cake.

May 01, 2013 08:21pm

The world will finally be spared from his baseless comments. Commandos are tactical by training, they are of little use in strategic maneuvers.

May 01, 2013 08:38pm

Sham on Karachi. Musharaf did everything for guys. he built the whole town. Anybody can stand for him. you guys did strike in favor of Zardari who did nothing for karachi. make a difference between good and bad cop. Nobody will trust you in future.

May 01, 2013 08:50pm

@amanullah rabbani: I think u meant to say injustice

May 01, 2013 09:14pm

The more he appear to be victim the more he will be popular and Mr M seems well aware of that welcome to politics

May 02, 2013 06:29am

Respect the court and take disagreements to them rather than showering frustration on blogs. Unfortunately people taking decisions do not read blogs.

May 03, 2013 12:04am

A good lesson. Judges of the court could also be insane and venomous.

People who attacked Supreme Court physically are the pure one these days as they sided with Mr. Iftikhar Chaudhry in his campaign, irrespective of their corruption, high handedness, money laundering etc.

May 03, 2013 12:09am

Is Mr. Zardari responsible and should be tried for all the killings in the country? Should Mr. Shahbaz Sharif be tried for the all the murders and crimes happened during his government?

Apr 30, 2013 03:46am
Here we go again! Vengence at its heights. Allah & Pakistan is with you President Musharraf
Apr 30, 2013 03:50am
worst type of judiciary dictator ship
Apr 30, 2013 04:01am
it is very clear that these courts will reject any motion that Musharraf's lawyers file.
Apr 30, 2013 04:08am
Pointing fingers at Musharraf won’t take us anywhere. We also need to look at the politicians who supported him while he was governing the country. We must address the root cause of military take overs rather than going after an individual.