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A supporter of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf holds his photograph as he shouts slogans during a protest outside the special court set up to try Musharraf during a hearing in Islamabad, March 31, 2014. Photo by AFP
A supporter of former military ruler Pervez Musharraf holds his photograph as he shouts slogans during a protest outside the special court set up to try Musharraf during a hearing in Islamabad, March 31, 2014. Photo by AFP

It was a long wait, but the moment finally arrived. Musharraf has been indicted on five counts of high treason — the first time that a former army chief will be held accountable in the country’s history. The much anticipated indictment has drawn a wide array of responses on social media where politicians, journalists and others following the case have been opining on what has happened and speculating on what lies ahead. looks at some of the responses that drew our attention.

Indictment approved

A large section of online commenters see the indictment as a positive development — one which sends a clear message to any potential coup planners, as well as ensuring regard for the Constitution in a country where the military has taken power in three coups since its inception.

A quick exit?

Speculation is also rife that Musharraf will likely be safely escorted out of Pakistan in a situation where everyone appears a winner now that the indictment has come through.

A case of revenge?

There is also a section of people who view the case and the indictment as uncalled for — an act of vengeance that has come along with poor advice given to the former dictator. His trial is also being criticised as ill-timed, with the government currently engaged with the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan in peace talks.

It remains to be seen how the trial will pan out and whether those predicting a quick flight for Musharraf will be proven right.

Comments (25) Closed

irshad Mar 31, 2014 03:13pm

right from 9th October to date wharever Musharraf did was and is only for his personal gains, nothing for the Country or the People.

Hussain Mar 31, 2014 03:53pm

Mr. Baber..Let see, who saves you and your constitution in the faces barbaric militancy..

Aamir Islam Mar 31, 2014 04:00pm

@irshad: What are you on about??? You are making no sense. Your claims have no backbone. Have some shame. People like you do not deserve honest leaders like Musharraf. You and your country is doomend by Allah if you follow the same course. You cannot distinguish a right person from wrong person.

Yousuf Mar 31, 2014 04:05pm

" Musharraf indicted of treason in a country currently in peace talks with Taliban, a group that rejects the constitution. " Thought provoking.

Rehan Mar 31, 2014 04:09pm

If Musharraf appeared in the court and court will make their judgment than the legal team fees will end that's why the legal team dragging the case as long as they can to rip off mushi .....longer the case bigger the bill of legal team to mushi......that's Pakistan justice / criminal system .......

RAS Mar 31, 2014 04:32pm

Why it is only Mushraf, all who were involved should be tried under the same law, including the PCO judges who took oath. It look like they what to settle the score, this Country is having many challenges then trying Musharaf, what a pity on the LEADERS of this Country and the people who elect them

JoKER Mar 31, 2014 04:34pm

Unfortunately, a very poor political move by the regime

fahad Mar 31, 2014 04:46pm

Musharraf indicted of treason in a country currently in peace talks with Taliban, a group that rejects the constitution.

ahmed Mar 31, 2014 06:15pm

A good day for Pakistan. Finally, any future overambitious and corrupt individual like Musharraf who seeks to abuse his official duties to try and become a dictator will think twice. Even this indictment is a big step forward for Pakistan.

Josh Mar 31, 2014 06:39pm

The Army should step in and end this farce but it has lost its spine! Unfortunately, Gen. Kayani set an awful tone which is being followed to this day!

Irfan Baloch Mar 31, 2014 06:44pm

Musharraf indicted for treason while in the mean time Interior minister is inviting TTP for cricket match.

Zeeshan Ahmed Mar 31, 2014 07:05pm

The colorful lawyer appointed to Musharraf is reason enough to declare a complete mistrial.

Khan Mar 31, 2014 07:05pm

@irshad: Whatever you said is all subjective and mare a simple statement. Try to sound mature by being objective and list three items and explain why you think he was wrong.

Raheem Uddeen Mar 31, 2014 07:52pm

JUSTICE for ALL. No one should be above the Law.

A society can exist without Religion but it can NOT exist without JUSTICE.

This is a golden opportunity to prove RULE of the LAW on our motherland and to show that no one is above the LAW.

ladies and gentlemen Mar 31, 2014 09:03pm

All who are happy to see Mr. Musharraf, (a clear thinking soldier and leader) must be either ignorant of the circumstances when military took over in 1999 from the 'Lahore mafia' (PML-N) or have personal vendetta against military.

When I see the same bunch of opportunists and corrupt brothers running the ship (pakistan) aground, talking peace and appeasement with the enemy of Pakistan and at the same time dragging a national leader into mud, I see hopelessness for Pakistan.

Pakistan deserves leadership like Musharraf. Strong, forward thinking and decisive.

Zak Apr 01, 2014 12:46am

When will Nawaz sharif be tried for treason by aiding and abetting the rule of General Zia ul Haq and being part of his government. Musharaf even allowed Nawaz and Shabaz back into the country and allowed him to stand in elections. Magnanimity of a great leader Musharaf. Second case against Nawaz for treason in abetting India in trying to give MFN status. We await justice on him.

mahreen Apr 01, 2014 01:06am

Our problem is not Musharraf. He is much better than our politicians. Our problem is our corrupt system and our corrupt politicians. Focus on educating our children (which the govt is not doing) and streamlining our institutions and making it corrupt free. If PPP and PMLN continue doing what they are we future will be much worst than what it is today.

maqadeer Apr 01, 2014 01:14am

Musharraf out of the picture, now PMLN can concentrate to make Pakistan the most prosperous contry on the earth. Next year PMLN will send one of their minister to land on the moon.

Raja Apr 01, 2014 03:29am

Pervez Musharraf, the Best General and the Best President of Pakistan ever. The Nation loves him (excluding Nawaz, Shahbaz and bias judges).

Tariq K Sami Apr 01, 2014 04:23am

If it is about the constitution than try the Chief Justice and all the other Judges who gave Musharraf the clean chit and legitimised his coup every other deed is of secondary value.

FIZA Apr 01, 2014 04:38am

Mindless and shameless that a great Patriot, former bravest of the brave General who was democratically elected during his second term should be dishonored so callously.

Why is it that Nawaz Sharif gets away with the close murder of over 200 passengers on board a PIA flight he ordered shot down which was carrying mostly civilians and General Musharraf. What did Gen. Musharraf do when this devious plot was uncovered by him which never succeeded due to brave Army Brigadier Generals in the control tower who stopped this mass murder? Gen. Musharraf sent Sharif and his family into exile in luxurious Saudi Arabia, where he lived like a royal. Sharif was not humiliated or targeted by Gen. Musharraf, instead he was given VIP treatment while in Saudi.

Yet now that President Musharraf is on trial for trying to save his nation from disgrace and destruction, the Sharif government is going full throttle to humiliate a leader who sacrificed for his nation. Many prestigious world wide journalists and writers who met President Musharraf up close and personal can testify to what a charismatic and strong leader he was which very few in Pakistan have been able to emulate, including the present leadership.

gul jee Apr 01, 2014 06:08am

@Aamir Islam: sham to you mr amir islam if you accept the dictator musharrf as a leader

Raza Ali (Michigan) Apr 01, 2014 07:36am

@Aamir Islam: Great reply Aamir God bless Musharraf!!!

assad Apr 02, 2014 04:52am

@Raza Ali (Michigan): Agree with you and Aamir Islam. This nation of ours has lost its way and cannot distinguish between the right and the wrong. What Musharraf did was good for the people of this country. What his detractors croak is nothing but hogwash!

Bashir Masih Apr 02, 2014 07:52am

Musharraf not guilty,Until proven.