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Musharraf trial: same old faces

Published Jul 01, 2013 08:09am


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NAWAZ Sharif has announced in the National Assembly that the government will try Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf for treason. It is believed to be a tactical move by the PML-N to divert the attention of media from loadshedding, the price hike, budget, terrorist attacks, and the recent killings of tourists at Nanga Parbat.

However, this move may only prove successful for the time being but would not hold good for long as the public is least interested in a revenge trial by politicians of a military dictator.

Instead, they want a solution of their daily problems which have made their lives miserable.

Mr Sharif must not forget that the people have not given him a heavy mandate owing to the past performance of his previous tenures. They have elected him because of the misdeed of the PPP government which had miserably failed to deliver.

The tragedy with our main political parties is that they have the same old teams to work with and one cannot expect any better results from the present lot also.

Mr Sharif should remember that the same team and perhaps the same advisers had landed him in exile, or was he himself responsible for his follies?


Vindictive approach THE PML-N has moved forward to initiate a treason case against former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf. Pakistan’s memory is not that short; they have not forgotten the storming of one of the judiciary by goons during the last Sharif government.

Wasn’t that an equally an act of treason? Moreover, our great religion teaches us to forgive and forget when one gets a chance to overcome his opponent.

Thirdly, the opening up of such a case will open Pandora’s Box as other skeletons in this closet can turn and twist this case to the detriment of the newly installed government.

Lastly, during the last election campaign, this treason case was not in the manifesto of the PML-N.

By adopting this vindictive approach, it gives a wrong signal to the world as to how we treat past president. Let it also be remembered that he is still respected the world over.


Comments (7) Closed

I.A.Siddiqui Jul 01, 2013 10:24am

I have failed to understand the logic of Mr. Nafar for not prosecuting Musharraf under Article 6 on the pretext that more urgent and important tasks are there to deal with. Is prosecuting Musharraf will hinder the whole governance and would stop Nawaz government to perform? Weird logic would not take us any where, as a criminal should be prosecuted in any case. If the logic narrated by the writer is taken, then no law breaker should be prosecuted whether Musharraf or a common criminal.

pathanoo Jul 01, 2013 05:42pm

Both authors are right. But they should relax. Musharraf trial is not going any where. It is a Dog & Pony show that will end with Musharraf leaving the country in the middle of the night for "alleged" medical emergency and treatment abroad; never to return. CASE CLOSED.

atts Jul 01, 2013 06:17pm

from a paper that is soo biased and anti musharraf.......... quite surprised how this was published........ well i guess there are a few good bones left

paklover Jul 01, 2013 08:04pm

What else can we expect from Nawaz and his corrupt gang of thieves and liars? It's only personal revenge, nothing else. The real problems faced by the common man do not bother them. People are dying of hunger, but this high and mighty nawaz MUST take his revenge

Ali Jul 01, 2013 09:25pm

This article is totally bias. History will repeat itself is we do nothing.

Ali Jul 01, 2013 09:27pm

This article is totally bias. History can repeat itself if we do nothing.

Khalid Khan Jul 02, 2013 03:35am

@I.A.Siddiqui: There is no case against PM. Law was different when he held the Constitution in abeyance. It was altered in 2009 adding the words "holding the Constitution in abeyance" as treason along with the other definitions. Once the case is argued in court this will be highligted.