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enter image description hereNawaz Sharif has announced his intention to press treason charges against Pervez Musharraf. This decision, as is often the case with anything involving the former president and army chief, has triggered a passionate response.

Many observers, including Dawn’s editorial board, regard a treason trial as proper justice for a leader who launched a coup and suspended Pakistan’s Constitution (among other crimes). It’s also viewed as another encouraging sign for democracy in a country tainted by years of military rule.

Others, however, lament how Pakistan’s new premier is prioritising his personal vendettas over the immediate needs of the nation. With a free-falling economy, up to 20 hours of daily energy shortages, and incessant militancy, many observers believe this is no time for revenge politics.

These arguments all have their merits. Yet, I wonder if we’re jumping the gun. After all, Musharraf’s trial may not even take place.

There are several reasons why. First, Sharif said he would consult with other political parties before pressing formal charges of treason. Several parties offered initial pledges of support, but according to a report, Musharraf's aide now claims that representatives of opposition have vowed to extend their support to Musharraf “at the right time.”

Sharif may be reluctant to proceed if he doesn’t get buy-in from key parties. This is because bipartisan support, and something resembling political consensus, will best reduce the possibility of pushback from the military.

Second, the PML-N has decided to embrace a “go-slow policy,” suggesting it may wait to pursue the case until it has addressed the country’s pressing economic and energy crises. If that happens, the government won’t be ready to proceed until later this year — at which time the composition of the judiciary may be different from what it is today. Momentum for a trial could ebb considerably with the passage of time.

Third, if a trial does eventually go forward, it could prove nearly as damaging to the new government as it does to Musharraf. The ex-president’s legal advisers have argued that a case against Musharraf would also need to target the military officials, judges, and MNAs who worked with him. Indeed, a clause in Article 6 of the Constitution stipulates that those helping anyone accused of subverting the Constitution be held accountable as well.

Though it would certainly be displeased, the military may not stand in the way if Musharraf alone is put on trial; according to some reports, Sharif actually received approval from Ashfaq Parvez Kayani before announcing his plan to press charges against Musharraf.

Yet if other Army personnel are targeted, military pushback against the government could ensue — with troubling implications for the civil-military balance that Sharif fervently wants to recalibrate so that it’s weighted in his favor.

And then there’s the issue of security. Militants are itching to assassinate Musharraf, and his courtroom visits could offer tantalising opportunities. However, others would face threats too — including the prosecution. Recall the tragic fate of Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, the chief prosecutor in the case involving Musharraf’s possible role in the Benazir Bhutto assassination. In early May, he was gunned down in Islamabad.

To be sure, these factors won’t necessarily stop the government. Islamabad could push forward and assume that Pakistan’s activist courts and increasingly robust democratic institutions will fend off any machinations of the military — the most formidable potential source of resistance to a trial.

Alternately, there could be an externally mediated grand bargain. The government could press formal charges against Musharraf, and bring the nation to the cusp of a trial. Then, at the final hour, a deal could be struck between Islamabad, the army, and an outside arbiter that sends Musharraf into exile. Given its close ties to the Sharif-led government, Musharraf, and GHQ, that arbiter would likely be Saudi Arabia — which reportedly has no desire to see the former leader in the dock.

Rumors of Riyadh intervening on Musharraf’s legal behalf are frequently heard; they surfaced as far back as 2009, and just in the last few weeks the PML-Q’s Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain spoke of a “secret deal.”

Of course, this all sounds familiar — Sharif was himself spirited off to exile in Saudi Arabia after Musharraf’s 1999 coup landed the premier in prison.

The present government may conclude that this time it’s worth having history repeat itself. Islamabad may decide that the messiness, uncertainties, and dangers of convening an unprecedented treason trial for a former president and army chief outweigh the many advantages of convening one. Exiling Musharraf could be regarded as the best option.

Then again, this all amounts to pure speculation. Ultimately, Musharraf’s legal fate — as with so much else in these early weeks of Sharif’s third term — is fraught with uncertainty.

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Michael Kugelman is deputy director of the Asia Program and senior associate for South Asia at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. He can be reached at or on Twitter @michaelkugelman

The views expressed by this writer and commenters below do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Dawn Media Group.

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pathanoo Jun 28, 2013 10:51pm

This Dog & Pony show will end suddenly with emergency medical treatment required by Musharraf necessitating his hurried midnight departure abroad. Never to return. I will bet any amount on it....Any Takers??

Tahir A Jun 28, 2013 11:11pm

"Sharif actually received approval from Ashfaq Parvez Kayani before announcing his plan to press charges against Musharraf."

Now hold on buddy, things can go awfully awry here for Nawaz Sharif.

Not long back something similar happened to one unfortunate Sadam Hussain when he was told by one friendly nation that he will have full support to attack Kuwait.

Muhammad Awais Jun 29, 2013 12:17am

Now the eye of everyone in on the Musharaf Trial case, you had asked good question will it actually take place, well have to say No because trialing a single person in this respect doesn't make any sense, there is a long valid list in the case if Musharaf will be trialed then everyone who was with him, must get same punishment.

Shahzad Kazi Jun 29, 2013 01:21am

Good article Michael. I personally think that Musharraf will be offered a deal and will leave the country and live in exile.

Babur Jun 29, 2013 01:27am

In the court of public opinion Musharraf is a winner. He was forced to do what he did. The whole nation thanked him for taking over. If he is guilty than all Pakistanis are guilty of treason because we all forced him to take over.

Shahzad Jun 29, 2013 01:39am

This is rather embarrassing for Nawaz Sharif. Treason case for 2007 emergency+ but not for the much much bigger act of 1999 coup because the coup had widespread public support!

The fact is that most Pakistanis would likely support treason case for detention of judges but not so much for overthrowing the democratically elected Prime Minsister in 1999. This is just a bitter remind of how unpopular Nawaz Sharif was!

Umair Zaeem Jun 29, 2013 02:57am

"Many observers, including Dawn

Sunil Jun 29, 2013 06:42am

Musharraf should like to see "Bhag Milkha Bhag" and emulate!

Mohammad Jamil Jun 29, 2013 06:58am

Yes. Totally agree, even if this going to happen it will be a topidrama. They can't afford to scratch each others back. This country of God given and its people will suffer as ever.There is lot of hulla bulla already with out any out come.

Ahmed Masood Jun 29, 2013 07:52am

"People in glass houses should not throw stones at others."

Sharif has forgotten his own subversions of the constitution when he stormed the Supreme Court, when he played a role in subverting Benazir Bhutto as evidenced in the Asghar Khan case, amongst others. He reeks of hypocrisy : He takes credit for the exploding the atomic bombs when Qadeer Khan tells us that Sharif was actually the one opposing it.

There is no time to play out personal vendettas especially now when the country is faced with so many problems. Musharraf has been one of the few leaders who has remained passionately patriotic both in and out of power. Our well-wishes are with him.

Zar Aslam Jun 29, 2013 09:53am

In all discussions, Mushraf's trial is being referred to as revenge and not accountability. It's rat-hole that changes the nature of the entire issue. Accountability is the key element to fix all problems faced by any nation. And yes, there is a very high price to pay when you change the course of a nation from no accountability at any level to accountability at all levels. But that is the only way forward and there is no shortcut.

Farooq Ali Jun 29, 2013 04:16pm

Why Musharraf alone, why not TTP, the Lashkar e Jhangvi and The invaders of Swat and the terrorist groups, to be tried first and earlier for high treason under article 6, of constitution .

Agha Ata Jun 29, 2013 05:29pm

Besides, this is no time for the luxury of enjoying vindictiveness. Lets go back to work.

Naeem Syed Jun 29, 2013 05:35pm

Mr Prime Minister, The problems that you were elected to will take a lifetime of concentrated and dedicated effort to resolve, if you are to serve the people of Pakistan. You were not elected to pursue vendettas that are petty compared to the tasks in hand. Understand one thing there are hidden hands that propelled Musharaf to come to Pakistan. He is impotent, of no consequence any more Just Put him on a plane to nowhere and get on the work that you have been entrusted with. Or else I guarantee it that you will face the wrath of the people in the next election. We are awake and watching now.

Naeem Syed Jun 29, 2013 06:02pm

Another thought comes to mind, Why have we not considered the possibility of targeting a treason case against Nawaz Sharif for aiding and abetting his then mentor General ZIa , if I remember correctly he was Zia's golden Boy.

nadeem dar Jun 29, 2013 07:56pm

Article 6. High treason 6. High treason.

Chiryabi Jun 29, 2013 08:23pm

I think under the present political climate NS is building up support for the trial to take place- A start has already been made. Notwithstanding the above, I think the following information which I seek would be relevant in the trial if it does take place. I request your readers to help me here. I am looking for some information. I would like my enlightened audience to help me here. First: I need to find out what was the composition of the Court bench which sentenced Nawaz Sharif for kidnapping the Army Chief ( Musharraf). Second I need to find out whether an appeal was filed with the Supreme Court against this decision and if yes what was the composition of the bench which decided on this appeal. Finally Whether Mr. Nawaz sharif filed a mercy petition with the President/Chief executive and what was the result of this appeal.

Zak Jun 29, 2013 08:33pm

Nawaz- you were elected to address 1- electricity 2- corruption 3- poverty 4- law and order 5- Balochistan insurgency 6- land mafia 7- economy sliding 8- Taliban murderers- And all you do is vindictive acts against musharaf.

Sumair Jun 29, 2013 08:32pm

NS Govt has been shooting with their guns on the judiciary's shoulders for the past several years.

Whatever CJ Chaudhry and NS has found in common, result is that all the courts are over zealously going after everyone except NS and his cronies.

If a case involving NS and his close associates was taken up with a lot of resistance by this judiciary, the decisions have been vague and have kept directly implicating the Sharif brothers.

However, in this day and age for them to prosecute Musharraf only, would be tough to achieve, without getting called out.

This definitely provides a good eye wash for NS Govt to keep Media's focus away from the core issues and on this topic.

We are also making a rather huge assumption that NS represents democracy and supremacy of law, given his own origins and past performance. This sham must stop, NOW!

Assad Jun 29, 2013 08:43pm

If its justice, we would be seeing charges brought about for the 1999 coupe. Not anything beyond. If the charges stem from the 2007 emergency, then its nothing but petty revenge at the behest of the increasingly politicized chief justice of Pakistan and his cohorts within the PML-N.

If the current government wants to go the path of charging Musharraf for the 2007 emergency, if another military intervention ever takes place, it will be extremely bloody to ensure no loose ends remain for the man in the uniform taking over to be prosecuted down the road.

At times like these, the Islamic concept of "hikma" is better applied and a deal is the best thing for the Country given all of the other issues and the fact that the responsibility of the takeover is not just with Musharraf.

fida sayani Jun 29, 2013 09:10pm

Musharaf must be tried and if found guilty should be punished. This will be warning to all the future Generals of the Army. Do not interfere in the affairs of the country, because punishment will be timely and severe.

Ebrhm shakir Jun 29, 2013 09:18pm

Did it was the only important issue which was on top priority to solve? did it was necessary to treason trail Musharraf to save the Pakistan..? did they had eliminated all other issues of the country which have become the bottleneck for us.? did it was the promised which was PMLN had done with nation during their election campaign? did it was the burning issue of Pakistan to solve then terrorism and energy crisis.?

Fahim Mirza Jun 29, 2013 09:57pm

Western democracies provide the best method to govern a country but it took western nations centuries of trial and error to bring it to the level where it is at now. This evolution was not only about the system but also of the people. No one today question the need for democracy in Pakistan but we must realize that as a young nation we are also going through an evolution. Military interventions was not unique to Pakistan alone. Many young nations experienced it because these nations either did not have capable and sincere leadership or institution or educated masses to build the foundations for democracy. In western societies masses understood the value of institutions even before democratic system replaced kings. In Pakistan, it took us years to understand the value of institutions. With free media and judiciary and new tools such as internet, now we as people are beginning to understand the benefit of democracy and leaders are now compel to deliver the result accordingly. Therefore, going forward no one should fear another intervention from military. The past military interventions were a natural response to lack of matured institutions and capable leadership. Many people including politician from all walks of life even encouraged those interventions for the good of the country. Therefore, we must understand the unique circumstances and challenges we faced as a nation in past and accept it as something that had to happened. If we had leaders like Mr. Jinnah, no military interventions would have even taken place. We should now focus our energy in strengthening our institutions, keeping our political leadership in check and educating our masses so that they understand their rights and value of institutions. There is no benefit of trying to punish one individual for military intervention when all of us as a nation, as individuals or institutions were responsible for it as we were not ready for democracy. Instead, of following western style democracies blindly, we should use our intellectual capacity and our energy in developing a democratic model which is consistent with our own culture, religious values and social norms. God bless Pakistan and its people.

marghoobahmedsiddiqui Jun 29, 2013 11:04pm

This is nothing but personal vendetta of Nawaz Shareef and will Inshallah fail ultimately.

Fazal Karim Jun 29, 2013 11:58pm

No more speculation about commencement of trial, it has started. If the judiciary is fair, in few sittings it will be proved that imposing of emergency was not against the provisions in constitution and that Musharraf declared emergency in consultation of Prime Minister and Cabinet i.e he alone was not be responsible. The only factor which goes against Musharraf is dictatorship of highest chair in judiciary and impotency of the rest to challenge it.

aleem Jun 30, 2013 12:19am

It will be grossiy unfair if Musharaf is tried alone without collaboraters & abettors. Approval of "Mr" Kayani is dubious, as he was himself party to Musharaf. Yet, anything can happen in the land of pure.

syed Ali Hasan Jafri Jun 30, 2013 12:31am

justice should be given to the peoples of the country,Article 6 should not be in the interest of one person only.If the elected government is using National money against the National interest through their corrupt practice by using their authority this act should be considered as violation of constitution similarly appointment of non eligible persons in National institution should also be considered as violation of constitution.We have seen that complete parliament failed to protect the standard of National Corporations.who is suffering common man or the politician.

Nizamuddin Ali Jun 30, 2013 12:39am

The trial is not possible in courts in Pakistan due to national security issues. Even in the united states such cases have been tried behind closed doors. There is only one way to do it. All the witnesses should be called for testimonies but the foreign diplomats and spy agencies will not come to testify.Without the foreign governments evidences the trial will be a joke and the courts of law will be a kangaroo court.Any way you look at it this trial will be nothing but circus. Becoming a president for Musharaf was a conspiracy and Pakistanis and Western countries were fully involved. God help us and Pakistani judges.

Iqbal khan Jun 30, 2013 12:47am

Nawaz Sharief has not learned his lesson?

leo-lion Jun 30, 2013 01:04am

If we can not try Musharraf, we should let go all criminals, do away with constitution and criminal code of law, let it be law of Jungle where might shall be right. what is he need of all this we will save our expenses on police department , judiciary, and jails. do away with all of these.

Mustafa Jun 30, 2013 01:11am

On October 12 1999 Mr. Nawaz Sharif ordered to stop PAA flight PK 805 with Pervez Musharraf and 197 other passengers and crew with insufficient fuel not to land in Pakistan. This action would have killed all of them. The corps commanders who intervened to remove Mr. Nawaz Sharif from power and allowed the flight PK 805 to land, did a heroic job to save the lives of almost 200 people including Pervez Musharraf.

Question? When will Mr, Nawaz Sharif will be tried on attempted murder charge of 198 human beings? Where is the judiciary of Pakistan?

Khalid Jun 30, 2013 01:33am

I never thought Mr. Nawaz Sharif waas an intelligent man with a very high IQ and that should not come as any surprise to most educated people in Pakistan (Mohammed Ali Jinnah studied at Trinity college Oxford, Barack Obama studied at Harvard and Manmohan Singh went to Oxford to do his Phd) as his only qualification is the ability to fool the majority illiterates. I am not sure anyone with an average IQ would try to punish Musharaf for the same crime he himself committed along with Zia-Ul-Haq. Musharaf was never accused of accumulating wealth or taking bribes. On the other hand, we all remember the day when people in most big cities including Lahore were distributing sweets and dancing in the streets, the day Musharaf took over. Sharif did not learn his lesson and has started the revenge process the day he came back to Pakistan (after living a life of luxury in Saudi and UK). During the Musharaf time in 2007 Pakistan had the most profitable stock market in the world in terms of return on investments. Trying to put the ex army chief behind bars has been a dream of Mr. Sharif for a longtime. Whether it comes true or not remains to be seen but Mr. Sharif must remember that he attacked the supreme court for which he has never been punished. He also ordered the pilot of a commercial plane on route to Karachi to be diverted to any country as long as it is not Pakistan and even suggested that it should land in India. Mr. Sharif has never been punished for this crime either. The list goes on. I hope the sense will prevail and Mr. Sharif will start focusing on the real issues Pakistan is facing and demonstrate to the people of Pakistan that this time he really means business.

Moeen Jun 30, 2013 03:43am

More a case of vendetta by the judiciary than the rule of law. It was ok for the judiciary in 1999 to accept Musharaf but when the General turned against them in 2007 democracy became endangered. This has been Pakistan's problem. Selective justice. This is purely Iftikhar Chaudhry vs Musharaf. It has never been institution rather its always been personalities.

ahmad Jun 30, 2013 04:24am

Musharraf should not leave the country, fight all the cases and re governed the country, because he is very honest dedicated and faithful to the country, he is the one who sloganed ' Pakistan first ' In every speech. how he could be a traitor to country this is all false charges to get rid from the country. If anything happen to the musharraf whole country would stand up against the current government including judisery.

Hi treason case infact should be against nawaz sharif and the zerdari. Of their past record. Good luck musharraf Allah is with you

Arun Jun 30, 2013 04:30am

Much ado about nothing, except for some Shakespearean drama. But it does remind me of how the baton was passed during the Mughal empire. The previous ruler was either killed, or sent into exile, even if he was the new ruler's close relative. Pakistanis wanted a continuation of the Mughal empire after the British decided to leave, and they have it!

Liaquat Ali Khan (assassinated), Ayub Khan (died in England), Yahya Khan (died in England), ZA Bhutto (assassinated), Zia (died in a mysterious plane crash), Benazir Bhutto (assassinated) and now Musharraf (likely to be exiled to die overseas). The bells toll for Nawaz, he better be careful.

raza aly Jun 30, 2013 04:47am

How about ,when Shareef did not allow Musharraf to land in pakistan.Can you imagine our army chief landing in India? That was his (Shreef) own bringing.

Tahseen Khan Jun 30, 2013 09:31am

If Sharif tries Musharaf for teason, don't forget that there are elements in Pakistan who can also accuse and try Sharif for attempted murder of Mushraf and many other Pakistani citizens and Army officers. I for one will be very pleased to see that. It will also prove that now Pakistan is a real democractic, law abiding country where no one is above the law including the primeminister. If you have forgotten, Sharif had ordered that Musharaf's plane not be allowed to land and the plan was running out of fuel. "Sharif intended to kill every one on that plane."

syed Ali Hasan Jafri Jun 30, 2013 09:47am

In the past we have seen that political goverment uses the name of awam to get the authority for their personnel benifits.The record and statics of misusing the National money and destroying the National Industrial Units and corporation are available.The condition of common man and the National Economy becoming worse while the condition of political personnel becoming high and high.Article 6 should not protect the only one person it should be apply also to protect the common man.The corrupt goverment also violet the constitution.The corrupt goverment must get the punishment.

aleem Jun 30, 2013 10:00am

@Shahzad: For judges detention everyone including "Mr" Kayani would have been on board & party to Musharaf. Every such decision in Army Chief's conference is recorded & approved by majority's opinion. Supposedly, dissenting notes are recorded too. To avoid a turmoil & face saving he has to be let off.

aleem Jun 30, 2013 10:14am

It was Musharaf who gave absolute freedom to media. Dawn follows the policy of Law of Necessity to please regimes. Dawn cautiously treads with public views. Hats off to DAWN for its journalistic courage....!

bin ya min Jun 30, 2013 11:42am

@Shahzad: Law cannot be applied selectively, if it is applied in its true spirit it will draw a whole lot of other people including the judges without whose prior consent military never indulges in such an exercise.Moreover, you can't try Musharraf only for the "mini" 2007 coup while nothing is done about the earlier "mother" 1999 coup. Let us not forget the judges who validated the 19999 coup committed an act of "super high treason" by allowing Musharraf to amend the Constitution single handley. These judges are still sitting in the Supreme Court and creating difficulties for the newly elected government.

Ram Krishan sharma Jun 30, 2013 12:47pm

Let Musharraf go . whatever he did was with a sincere heart to save his country. May have made some mistakes , but I am sure he has not looted the treasury and has paid all his taxes.

Nauman khan Jun 30, 2013 12:57pm

everyone can easily understand that what is the matter actualy.Musharraf is the main target of Nawazshaif and it would be the fool if someone thinks that Nawaz sharif is loyal to the country.Reality is very bitter, its only the personal revenge of Nawazsharif. I agree that there should be the fair trial of the accused persons but nawaz should also take trial of others supporting actors kike C.J of Pakistan rather it would be the only favourism. Thanks

PATEL Jun 30, 2013 01:22pm

Sincere or whatever.. I don't think so - his reason was revenge against Shariff.

His lack of Political nous led to the fact that he siphoned US money from civilian targets towards army targets. With a lack of skills, and his double dealing he has caused a lot of problems between Pakistan and the US. People think that under the army the economy did better,. They forget that it was because of Musharraf that flooding got out of control, or that there was heightening tension between the US and Pakistan. And without US money this place would have been like Somalia.

Parvez Jun 30, 2013 02:00pm

Nicely summed up. Like most things Pakistani including our cricket, this too is completely unpredictable. To get it right the nation and its leaders need to be at a certain advanced level , which we are not. That is not to say we will get it wrong but my guess is, it will be a compromise.

khalilsharif Jun 30, 2013 02:59pm

For Nawaz sharif it will not possible to take action against Musharaf alone. If he decide to do so it might be the next Army chief will dislike and he might be taken some un-possible action against Nawaz Sharif and he might be loose his primer ship and some else become in his place.

S.R.K Ahmed Jun 30, 2013 03:23pm

Very sad to see the attitude of General Kayani and other Generals. They enjoyed all the benefits. They also kept quite when Musharraf declared emergency. Did Musharraf consulted them? Nobody knows but keeping quite after the emergency mean that they were in agreement with him. I request all the generals who were with him during good time be brave and at least say that they were with him when decision were taken.

Shyam Kokku Jun 30, 2013 06:07pm

The charges of treason and the swiftness with which the new government is taking them up, may give an impression that it is a personal vendetta. But overthrowing a democratically elected government by coup is a grave offence. By bringing Musharraf to justice, a clear message will go to rank and file of the all powerful Pakistani army, that it's not the bullet that decides who rules, but its the ballot!

Em Moosa Jun 30, 2013 06:53pm

I am always wondered for his love to India. I remember he was talking in the middle of nights with the PM of India during his first tenure and even the PM India was surprised with his untimely calls. He has named the area in Lahore where his palace is as "Jaati Umra" . In his first and second tenure his son Husain Nawaz expanded their personal business inside India with some special permissions which were not also given to other Pakistani businessmen. What actually his relations with India? Pakistan army which is the only remaining trustworthy institution in the country should be very careful with this family. This should also not be forgotten by the army that during his previous tenures he and his party labeled our army as "rogue army" and published ads in the British newspapers with that caption.

Em Moosa Jun 30, 2013 07:05pm

@Umair Zaeem : Actually there is no rules and no constitution in Pakistan. The powerfulls are the winners. They can storm the supreme court, They can hijack the plane of the chief of army staff. Punjab is ruling all over Pakistan. No Punjabi can be convicted in the crime where he can be sent to glows. Only PMs and leaders of the small provinces are convicted and very boldly hanged and murdered without fear from any where. Liaquat, Suherwerdi, ZAB, Akbar Bugti, Dr. Khan saheb, Hayat Sherpao, Benazeer and now Mush in the line. Even if Altaf was in Pakistan he could has already been eliminated until now.

John Jun 30, 2013 07:36pm

Nawab Sharif is taking the foot steps of his mentor General Zia...that open one too many issues so his core responsibilities will hide under them - good luck.

BKH Jun 30, 2013 11:12pm

Musharraf should certainly be summarily fined for returning to Pakistan.

Other allegations are arguable. I understand over throw of Nawaz government was welomed by the masses of Pakistan. They celebrated it. Courts of the country endorsed it. As such what is the ground of allegations.

A show trail of bad old days of Stalin in Russia

adam memon Jul 01, 2013 12:57am

Let the Musharaf go as there are so many things and problems to be solved.Lot of damage has been done which make our beloved country very weak.God bless our beloved country.

Tojo Jul 01, 2013 01:36am

The PM Nawaz Shariff must not waste the time and resources trying to settle personal vendetta againd the ex-General 7 President Pervaiz Musharraf. There are many more important things to attend to in governing Pakistan.

Naushad Jul 01, 2013 03:50am

Why Musharraf , does any one remember Nawaz Sharif at the time of Zia , so all the cases should start from beginning - you will have clean country with less population.

malick Jul 01, 2013 04:30am

This is just usual drama PMLN govt is unable to carry this treason case against Musharraf. Musharraf is capable to hunt many sher, goats and sheep. If PM does this I will accept him life PM. Please go for treason.

rana1 Jul 01, 2013 06:56am

@Tahseen Khan: well said

PitA Jul 01, 2013 08:55am

@fida sayani No general interfered in the last five years, if you still believe your politicians are capable of running the country then I have nothing more to say. Jul 01, 2013 09:00am

We have two leaders who has done some work in the field. We should sit them in a room with some hard drinks. Let the two discuss their successes and failures. Mostly, what needs to be done from here on. The country needs help. The people need help.

shabbir bootwala Jul 01, 2013 09:01am

missed the field

m.saleem Jul 01, 2013 11:19am

we want see to mush participate in politics because he was well control pak rupees against dollar

Muhammad Farooq Jul 01, 2013 11:34am

Trial of Musharraf for the November 03 act of imposing the emergency is not sustainable as he had got the powers to impose emergency. Similarly it is not possible to try him for the act of 12th October 1999 as the said offence had been legalised by the court. All amendments in the constitution later on are mala fide, as they adopted the proceedure of pick and choose.

Secondly, he alone cant be tried. All abettors and supporters will have to be charged and brought to books. Trial by the present judges will not be acceptable by the people of Pakistan and internationally. Finally, it appears that Musharraf will gain public support and rule the country again.

rango Jul 01, 2013 12:05pm

long live musharraf, thats all the nation should say.

Shankar Jul 01, 2013 12:47pm

This trial, if it is at all held, will resemble a witch-hunt rather than a fair trial! Gen. Musharaf will never get justice from the current establishment or SC. I admire Gen. Musharaf's guts in returning to Pakistan under such hostile conditions and trying to take the bull by the horn! Bravo!

Mashhod Jul 01, 2013 12:51pm

@pathanoo: This is revenge politics being initiated by Nawaz Sharief, he is not a politician, just to divert the attention of public from budget, he has initiated this matter, why he is not starting from 1997, he knows very well that by starting from 1997 many generals and chief justice will get involved in this case, WHAT A SELECTIVE CASE initiated by v v v intelligent PM

atts Jul 01, 2013 01:03pm

@Umair Zaeem : So agree on the biasness (selective amnesia) of Dawn, seems strange but around 20-30 yrs back people (incl me) were loyal to the newspaper based on its professional/factual reporting style. However, now I find myself looking at other papers.
It is said that the current taliban mindset is the result of zia's regime.... wonder what the mindset of dawn's editorial staff is the result of .... maybe they should do a historical analysis of 2 decades or so.

Naeem Khokhar Jul 01, 2013 01:36pm

Nawaz Sharif himself is a product of Zia ul Haq General, Jilani and other generals. How can he bring about justice to his own paddistle?

Exile Musharraf and do what he did to him.

Ashiq Hussain Jul 01, 2013 03:29pm

I m proud of Pakistani people who left comment here if you read carefully the majority are in the oppinion that Nawaz sharif should not proceed case against Musharaf I m my self have same view is well Ns should realise that pakistani are intelligent people they know what is in intresst at the moment of time for our country and people of Pakistan treason committed by him self in past wen he stop serving Army chief,s plane from landing.

Zak Jul 01, 2013 06:06pm

@Arun: Arun, being an Indian you are forgiven your ignorance about my country. Ayub khan and yahya died natural deaths living in Pakistan. However, Indra Ghandi assassinated, Rajiv Ghandi assassinated Rajiv's brother died in suspicious circumstances in a plane crash. Look within before without.

Mahmood Usman Jul 01, 2013 06:56pm

Dawn I would very much appreciate if you would kindly help me understand your Editorial Boards support of the trial, it seems the majority of your readers do not agree with you and by the way, was it not Mr Sharif who fully supported Gen Zia and the consequences which followed.

hafeez Jul 01, 2013 08:54pm

does musharaf do some rong in his political carere so he deserve the prisonate...

M. Siddique Jul 01, 2013 09:48pm

The real treason Musharaf committed was overthrowing of the elected government in 1999. The reason no one wants to talk about is that even the Supreme Court is complicit in that. That means all the judges who have taken oath on PCO issued by Musharaf must also face the trial. That should happen if Judiciary should be given a lesson in protection of the constitution on which they take oath.

Time has come call spade a spade. Stop beating around the bushes and selectively pick the issues to be declared treason. Either way Musharaf will taste the justice and will have lots of company of the Supreme Cuort judges in jail.

mike ghaous Jul 01, 2013 09:55pm

Mush is a commando, he is a great survivor, he survived many attempts on life, frustration for those who say they can do it 'anytime,anywhere' ." I will be back" like Arnie said in his movie......