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Complex task: Musharraf’s trial

Updated Aug 22, 2013 07:45am


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HISTORY in the making it may have been as Pervez Musharraf stood in front of a judge and was charged with the murder of Benazir Bhutto, but the entire case — and Mr Musharraf’s overall legal woes — remain shrouded in uncertainty, and even mystery. As if to underscore that uncertainty and mystery, the insights of Heraldo Munoz, the lead UN investigator in the probe into Ms Bhutto’s assassination, were being pored over around the same time as Mr Musharraf was being indicted in Rawalpindi. As Mr Munoz has made clear, finding a clear chain of evidence leading from the scene of the crime to the ultimate masterminds is fiendishly difficult — a task that will be all the more complicated for Pakistani investigators and prosecutors given the various pressures that can be expected to be brought to bear on them.

For now, however, behold the supreme irony of Mr Musharraf indicted for the same crime and sharing a charge sheet with Baitullah Mehsud. The tangle here and mystifying cause-and-effect chain can be endlessly dissected. Mr Musharraf is often blamed for the rising tide of extremism in Pakistan, including the formation of the TTP that Baitullah Mehsud led, because of the troops he sent into Fata and the operations he green-lighted there. Conversely, the former military strongman is blamed in other quarters for not doing enough against extremism and continuing the double games of old wherein the Pakistani security establishment nurtures some non-state actors while cracking down on others. The principal lesson here is that play with fire long enough, and the architects themselves are likely to be caught inside a burning house. But while the Musharraf era is now history and Mehsud is no more — and to this country’s enduring loss, neither is Ms Bhutto — no real lessons have been absorbed. Nearly six years on from that traumatic day in Rawalpindi, the country is yet to decide who is the enemy and who are the national leaders who will take the fight to the enemy.


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Baba Tally Aug 22, 2013 10:42am

Musharraf will be executed but for a different crime which everybody knows but will not acknowledge that it ever happened or is in the process of continued existence. Your military is your enemy and if Pakistan got hit for a six it will be their doing. They are zeroing on their hour as I can decipher the extreme nervousness in the "friends" they have among the civilian populace-Paki and Afghani. Where do you stand?

Shankar Aug 22, 2013 01:22pm

I am no fan of Mr. Musharaf, but this case smacks of political witch hunt and vendetta!

Naseer Aug 22, 2013 02:08pm

Musharraf is being punished for being a sincere leader.

Khanm Aug 22, 2013 06:45pm

A man who dreads trials and difficulties cannot become a true revolutionary. If he is to become a revolutionary with an indomitable fighting spirit, he must be put on trial. A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials. You are indeed a courageous man Mr Mushraff

pathanoo Aug 22, 2013 07:55pm

Trial without the defendant being present in the court, ensconced in his farm house as an alleged criminal. WOW !! What a joke. Musharraf, as I have been telling for a long time repeatedly, will fly out in the middle of the night for an undisclosed serious medical condition for treatment abroad never to return. CASE CLOSED.

Nizamuddin Ali Ahmad Aug 22, 2013 09:39pm

Fair trial means open and honest testimonies. Bring them on. Trial in front of TV cameras with full names named in the process. Wheres the husband of Ms. Bhutto has been. It seems that some want to forget the murder and some wish the case go away. Exhume the body ( this is not against Islam ) establish if she was killed by bullet or by impact. Any thing else is a excuse to hide the fact.

Ashiq Hussain Aug 24, 2013 05:56pm

I personly think all charges against Mr Musharaf are politic motivated why Mr Zardari did not find here killer during his 5years rule now Nawaz sahib take personal vendetta against Musharraf mrs Bhutto had successfully completed her speech she went back to her vehicle and exposed her self despite security treath despite Mr Musharaf advise about her security treath you can take horse to the water but you can't make it drink unfortunatly

Azam Chowdhry Aug 24, 2013 08:39pm

President General Pervaiz Musharraf is one of the most honest dedicated and educated leader Pakistan can produce. He is the most honest leader. He is the most democratic person. He is million times better than uneducated corrupt politician controlling the country right now. Allah will save Musharraf from all the fake drama and fase charges against him.

Azam Chowdhry Aug 24, 2013 08:42pm

President Gerneral Pervaiz Musharrf is one of the bestleader Pakistan could ever produce. He is most honest educated and brave person. He is several time better than the lousy corrupt uneducated unmannered politicians and few of the Tliban supporters media anchors.