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Musharraf speaks

Published Aug 28, 2012 03:26am


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IN a recent interview to a private news channel Gen Pervez Musharraf says that the government should obey the Supreme Court order and write to the Swiss authorities.

He says further that the Supreme Court is above everything. This certainly sounds hollow coming from a person who twice deposed the Chief Justice illegally, and kept him along with other judges and their families under house arrest for a long interval of time.

Musharraf further makes the untenable assertion that the Supreme Court and the army should bring an interim order to save the country. He also claims a constitutional role for the army.

I think both these suggestions are half-baked. It is neither the role of the Supreme Court nor that of the army to bring in an interim setup, a procedure for the same is clearly given in the constitution.

The constitutional role of the Supreme Court is to dispense justice and interpret the law. The only role that the constitution gives our army is to protect the geographical borders of our country under the command of our elected government.

The ex-general adds that only a third force can save the country. He mentions that the third force could be Imran Khan or a coalition. I am glad Gen Musharraf has been disabused of the notion that he could possibly be that third force.

Finally, his berating of individuals like Shaukat Aziz, Shujat Hussain and Fawad Chaudary only speaks about his failure of judging the right people.



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Comments (23) Closed

Waseem Aug 28, 2012 04:36pm
i completely agree with Sohraab.
Muhammad Asif Aug 28, 2012 06:57am
"This certainly sounds hollow coming from a person who twice deposed the Chief Justice illegally," Really? Was sending a reference to suprement judicial council illegal or unconsitutional?
Javed S. Aug 28, 2012 08:09pm
In a few words Sohrab said it all in response to a badly written controversial and opinionated article
Muhammad Asif Aug 30, 2012 10:14am
"and when satisfied with all this and confident about their stability, they will start the actual reforms that the country needs". So lets them loot the nation first, and then hope for them to deliver.
Najmuddin Aug 28, 2012 05:57pm
In the beginning Musharraf enjoyed fullest support from the majority of Punjab, Sindh, then NWFP and Balochistan. If he himself been a truly patriot and honest man, he will avail this opportunity to change the fate of the long suffering Nation. But for the convenience of his prolonging rule, he formed his Government Alliance with the long known most notorious and corrupted elements, many of them already facing criminal proceedings against them in the NAB, higher and lower courts for, If Musharraf will not humiliate, intimidate, victimise and imprison all the top Judges including the Supreme Court Chief Justice for opposing his most corrupt dictatorship, on the behest of his head to toes corrupt advisers, ministers and coteries, if Musharraf will not impose the most Qaum-Dushman NRO giving amnesty to all the top thugs and looters of the Nation, today the Nation will not be facing such a deeper crisis. He ruined even the last hope for the betterment of the ill-fated Pakistan. He has no moral right to comment and criticise on the present rulers and system of governance because they are only the byproduct of Musharraf's anti-Nation NRO?
Lax Sawkar Aug 28, 2012 06:00pm
Musharraf should obey court order also. He should turn in, he has an arrest order. What a goofy idiot.
Asif Aug 28, 2012 10:10pm
I agree with you also. he was the best of them all. We need him together with Imran Khan to save the country.
m.johri Aug 28, 2012 11:56pm
Gen.Musharraf and Gen,Ayub were the two best rulers ever came in power.Most of the developments in Pakistan took place under their rule .Unfortunately both were mislead and double crossed by some wise devils like ZAB and Chouderies.How come people of Pakistan have forgotten Zab when he torn apart the Poland's resolution of cease fire in then East Pakitan in 1971 and have more than 80,000 pakistani troops made prisoner of war. What a drama he played in UNO because of his selfish dirty motives.
Sohraab Aug 28, 2012 01:25pm
No matter what you write about Musharraf, He was the best President Pakistan ever had. Unfortunately, we don't have any leader of his calibre in the current scenario. We wish him all the very BEST!
Gerry D'Cunha Aug 28, 2012 10:44am
Gen Musharaf admitted he was mislead by his close political friends. Hope Zardari learned lessions from past mistakes.
Salman Aug 28, 2012 08:27pm
After Ayub Khan, Musharraf's era was one of the best. I agree with his comment that only a Third Force can fix the country right. I wish him all the best and hope to see him return soon to Pakistan.
EmMoosa Aug 28, 2012 10:41pm
What Musharraf did perfectly correct as per the constitution. The CJP should have to present himself to the judicial commission instead of protesting on the roads like a political leader. Sharif brothers used him at that time and he chose an unconstitutional way for his come back. Musharraf was a genuine leader and we have lost him because of those ugly adventures
Aryan Aug 29, 2012 12:40pm
Bro, it is true that democracy looks incompetent at first. Military rule is strict and it takes you in SOME direction (maybe wrong one), but intially democracy takes you nowhere. It takes time for democracy to have faith in citizens and nation. The instability of democracry-militaryrule-democracy-militaryrule-democracy is root of many problems of pakistan. First the politicians will fill their pockets, then they will smear mud at others, then they will show their power; and when satisfied with all this and confident about their stability, they will start the actual reforms that the country needs. Simply look at China, it is nothing more than a military rule, with a political party (like non-uniformed generals) at top. They have grown and grown very well economically. But only money without freedom is nothing. They have huge resources and achievements, but would people be happy with the continuous iron fist watching them and punching them at every move? If the system there topples, they would be in worse shape than what Pakistan was 50 years ago. A corrupt democracy is 100 times better than such regime.
Muhammad Alvi Aug 28, 2012 09:29pm
I agree with the news article and the comments. Musharraf is a smart man and a sincere leader, who did very well for Pakistan. During his rule Pakistan's economy did well and the business people were happy. He is a man of modern thinking and is highly respected internationally. He has been the best Pakistani leader to represent Pakistan in the international community. He did not have the political experience when he started. He fell prey to wrong advice from wrong people and made some serious mistakes, including firing the chief justice. I believe if he is given a second chance, he can lead the country out of the present mess. It will be the best for the country, if he can join hands with Imran Khan, and these two gentlemen can work together. I think these two men are sincere and have a lot in common. I hope it happens, because there is no hope otherwise.
Khalid Latif Aug 28, 2012 04:54pm
I hope every one agrees that Gen Ayub, Zia and Musharrafs tenures were better than the democratic elected goernments, for the common man of Pakistan. Unfortunately, pak style democracy is based on grabbing votes from the poor masses, getting elected and starting to plunder the peoples' money. Our wise politicians always refer to Democracy, as defined in the books, but they practice the local version.
Jawad Aug 28, 2012 03:51pm
I often say that "Democracy is Outrageous When Outrage is done in its Name". It is sad that you Pakistanis are the ones who elected the current incompetent civilian government and rather than blaming yourselves are spewing venom at Musharraf. I strongly believe that as a whole, Pakistani nation is not mature enough to have a democratic civilian government. Time and time again history has shown that it was during the military governments that your GDP, socio-economic and educational indexes were at their highest, after all it was Field Marshal Ayub Khan's government that in 1961 introduced the first 5 year development plan, which was globally acknowledged as the model for third world countries and the same year Supreme court of Pakistan had declared Ayub Khan's marshal law invalid. Just imagine what would have happened if incompetent politicians of the 50s had come back to rule Pakistan at that time. So, in my book Chaudry Iftikhar is no prophet that you all misguided liberal believes.......
A Sheikh Aug 28, 2012 03:48pm
I beleive the whole NRO drama was done to please the US. The US wanted the return to so called democracy and Musharraf did what he did to please the US. I don't blame him. He was far better leader than the current setup. Watch his interviews at international level. We never had embarrasing interviews like Gillani's inerviews.
A Sheikh Aug 28, 2012 03:44pm
Agree. Nobody is without weaknesses, but people need to compare the record of Musharraf government with the current corrupt leadership and then speak with fairness.
M. Alvi Aug 29, 2012 05:31pm
I agree one hundred percent. ZAB was the one who did most damage to Pakistan for his selfish end. His daughter and present PPP are no less.
elcay Aug 28, 2012 03:00pm
M.Asif, you are too right. Deposed & illegally are both negatives. Does make no sense to the use of them!Sending a refrrence was done at the behest of the then PM.No role of Musharaff. No use protecting current corrupt and inept politicians in writing or on the tv.
Syed Ahmed Aug 28, 2012 12:36pm
During the interview Gen Pervaiz Musharraf also said that his first three years rule his cabinet consisted of 14 ministers, all competent, hardworking and honest who reformed Pakistan. What happened in the later six years rule? The in Pakistan situation today is partly because of his misadventure, the NRO.
Tajammal Waheed Aug 28, 2012 02:06pm
You said it all, Sohraab. Thank you.
Rasheed Aug 29, 2012 03:52am
What Musharraf said is that the Supreme Court and the Army should ensure the next election are held under a neutral caretaker government. There is no contradiction in this statement, since the present corrupt regime lacks the domestic and foreign credibility to hold fair elections.