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‘Put the past behind’


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THIS refers to your editorial ‘Put the past behind’ (April 21) and the letter ‘Musharraf and economy’ by Salma Mumtaz (April 23). You have rightly pointed out that “If the 1999 coup was bloodless, it was because it enjoyed more widespread support than Pakistan would today like to admit to.”

When Gen Musharraf took over, the economy was at its worst, the institutions were a shambles, while the whole system was in a mess.

Pakistan was on the verge of being declared a failed state. Just after his takever, the economy got a boost which was unheard of in the previous years. The appointment of the people of calibre with track record of honesty turned many organisations such as the PNSC, PIA and Steel Mills into a profit-earning ones as Ms Mumtaz has correctly said: “His top priority at that time was to establish good governance, along with fiscal and economic discipline.”

To his bad luck, the unfortunate incident of Sept 11 shook the world’s peace and order and he had to face the threat of ‘being bombed to the stone age’.

With iron nerves and determination and firm belief in the independence and integrity of the country, he steered it out smoothly of troubled waters.

With the aim and determination of ‘Pakistan first’, he introduced the concept of reconciliation in the political history of Pakistan, which resulted in the most free and fair general elections in the history of the country. He also shed his uniform which was unprecedented and unheard.

Even the worst enemies of Musharraf will agree to the writer’s concluding remarks: “His era was ultimately a true reflection of his rich cultured personality.”

Musharraf is now being criticised in the media, and surprisingly the most highly educated and respected class of the country, that is the community of the lawyers, is even using abusive language during his appearances in the courts of law.

The judgment of history is always ever-lasting and final as correctly stated by you: “Sometimes justice is served by letting history be, rather than forcibly dragging it. Gen Musharraf too is part of Pakistan’s past and should be left there.”

The man who raised the status of Pakistan among the comity of nations is now being humiliated without being proven guilty. When Liaquat Ali Khan was murdered in broad daylight, nobody raised voice to bring the killers to justice. When Khwaja Nazimuddin’s government was dismissed by Ghulam Mohammad, it was not only accepted by a vast majority of the people but was also validated by Justice Munir.

Not a single voice was raised when Field Marshal Ayub Khan abrogated the constitution twice, and no questions were asked from Gen Ziaul Haq for abrogating the constitution and sending the popular and charismatic leader of the country to the gallows.

The trial of Mushrraf, as pointed out by Chaudhry Shujaat, will open a Pandora’s box which the country cannot afford. It is hoped that our lawyers and the public will restrain from humiliating the former president and the army chief and prove to the community of the law-abiding citizens of the civilised world that we are educated and civilised citizens.


Lawyers’ conduct THIS refers to the news (April 20) wherein during Pervez Musharraf’s appearance in the sessions court his supporters were beaten up by lawyers in the premises of the district court. As a result, six supporters received serious injuries and were admitted to hospital.

This is not the first time that these black coats got involved in violent action and took law in their hands while being the protectors of law. The constitution provides the right to every citizen to support or to be affiliated with any political party. I am not a supporter of Musharraf, however I feel that the lawyers’ attitude does not reflect the values of a democratic society and match with the profession.

If they are involved in violence, then how we can expect from other citizens be tolerant towards their opponents. We cannot generalise such action to all lawyers. However, this kind of attitude badly affects the status of the profession of law. It is expected from lawyers to control their emotions and use their intellect/reason during their professional exercises.

There is a need to concentrate on the professional development of the lawyers in order to nurture them as strong legal representatives and guardians of law.


Comments (7) Closed

Ahmed May 02, 2013 03:09am
Mr. Javaid: You obviously are limited in your views by your narrow ethnic loyalties and hatreds.
Ahmed May 02, 2013 03:07am
The Supreme Court is already in the right place. Musharraf tried to "put the Supreme Court in its place" (i.e. beholden to a general!) and the nation put Musharraf in his place (i.e. in jail).
MOHAMMAD May 02, 2013 02:47am
no contempt of court please
Farrukh May 01, 2013 03:20pm
There was a massive corruption in Musharraf's era when corruption rose from 48%(Nawaz Sharif period) to 67% according to Transparency International. Steel Mill was sold out to foreign company in a bizarre deal at minimal cost which Supreme Court reversed at the later stage. Chaudry Saeed who was Musharraf buddy was appointed PIA's chairman who used to portray wrong picture to the nation having claimed PIA in profit whereas it was in shambles like railway.Only tall rhetoric was made for Kala Bagh dam to play politics but no concrete measures were taken in whole 9 years. And the people of tribal areas have been made enemy of the state by inciting resentment due to wrong policies. If Ayub Khan and Gen Zia did wrong ; it doesn't mean Musharraf should be pardoned.Culprit is culprit.Even at that time opposition parties didn't waste even a single day to pressurize Zia to shed the uniform. Musharraf didn't shed the uniform even after televised commitment with the whole nation and subsequently betrayed them. This implies his autocratic tendencies through which he held simultaneous designations in one time and forced to leave Rafiq Tarar, Zafarullah Jamali and judiciary. Indeed he deserves free trial but let the pandora box open.
Ali May 01, 2013 06:19pm
Why Generals should not be held accountable? Musharraf should be sent to jail like everyone else.
Amjad Wyne May 01, 2013 01:02pm
It is only a matter of time when someone will put the supreme court and the lawyers in their place. No country can function if a segment of the society becomes unaccountable.
Muhammad Javaid May 01, 2013 04:40am
The treatment of General Musharraf is totally disgraceful. Holier-than-though judges of Supreme Court & High Court are clearly showing their biases & vengefulness & by their behavior are putting their high status to shame. It looks to me a very clearcut example of punjabi arrogance!