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Is General Musharraf more equal than others?

Updated Apr 25, 2013 04:21pm


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If there were ever a good time to issue a press release, this was it. As soon as the confidants of General Musharraf insinuated that the armed forces may interject if the retired General was made to face the judicial process, the Inter Services Press relations (ISPR) should have fired a press release denying such innuendos and rumours.

The ISPR instead stayed conspicuously silent, forcing the rumour mills to go into overdrive, while the General’s lawyer and spokesperson made even taller and more ridiculous claims suggesting that the judges should first receive feedback from the intelligence agencies before rendering judgements.

George Orwell would have loved to watch this allegorical episode from the Animal Farm in which General Musharraf’s lawyer claimed that some animals were more equal than others. After General Musharraf’s bail was rejected by the Islamabad High Court his lawyer, Ahmad Raza Kasuri, told BBC that “General Musharraf is not any Tom, Dick and Harry” that Police could arrest him. Kasuri further claimed that it was not the Courts, but instead the Federal Cabinet that had the authority to order the General’s arrest.

Why you may ask that Mr. Kasuri made us recall of the famous Orwellian quote that “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Mr. Kasuri argued that since General Musharraf is a man with an “international clout, a former president, a former army chief” he may not be confused with the ordinary citizens of Pakistan. The esteemed lawyer further laid out the modalities for the courts when they were to adjudicate on matters involving retired army generals. Instead of passing judgements, according to Mr. Kasuri, the courts should first consult with the spooks to determine the political fallout of their judicial deliberations. “The intelligence agencies will give their feedback. What could be the reaction, what could be the fallback of” canceling General Musharraf’s bail, insisted Mr. Kasuri.

Imagine the implications of what Mr. Kasuri has been advocating on behalf of his client. He is essentially promoting a two-tier judicial systems: One system for the people of privilege, and another for Tom, Dick, and Harry’s of Pakistan. In such a system, people enjoying privilege would not be inconvenienced by the law until intelligence agencies have rendered their verdict. As for the rest, the Courts will be free to act.

I am reminded of the fateful day in March 1993 when the Supreme Court took a break from hearing a case against another former Chief of Staff, General Mirza Aslam Beg, to hold contempt of court proceedings against Khawar Mehdi. The Supreme Court was hearing a case against General Beg. Khawar Mehdi, Shahid Orakzai, and other journalists interrupted the Court proceedings and were thus served notices by the court. When Khawar was asked to apologise to the Court, he responded: “I’m sorry, for I’m not a general or a tycoon,” Khawar knew well that some animals were more equal than others.

Some retired generals have opined that the courts and the lawyers should not try to ridicule General Musharraf. They are justified in making this assertion. Judicial proceedings have no room for personal vendettas. However, the retired servicemen will serve their nation better if they were to also state that one enjoys the same standing before law irrespective of a person’ social stature.

Mr. Kasuri represents the Pakistan of yesteryear where some were more equal than others before the law. A democratic Pakistan cannot have such class-based discrimination. The courts are to treat everyone the same way. Giving preferential treatment to a few will lead to chaos.

And for record, I am that Tom, Dick, or Harry (or Nathu Khaira) that Mr. Kasuri so pejoratively referred to when he tried to defend General Musharraf. I am more proud of being an ordinary citizen than any credential or title I hold today or my hold in the future. There is no greater privilege than being a citizen among citizens, a fact that will forever be lost on Mr. Kasuri, who is fatigued by arrogance, and on others who see the rest of us as bloody civilians.

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Murtaza Haider, Ph.D. is the Associate Dean of research and graduate programs at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University in Toronto.


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Comments (103) Closed

gangadin Apr 26, 2013 02:53am

Did anyone notice that this guy is saluting a lot. I never saw him saluting so much when he was in uniform.

HM Apr 26, 2013 11:16am

Yes .. he was your President and Army chief. ... responsible for much black and white.

down with them generals Apr 26, 2013 03:21pm

could not have been said better

Kashif Apr 27, 2013 04:31am

Yes, Musharaff is more equal than others, because, he is not a coward like us most pakistani people, and he is a not a illetrate greedy illmannered person like most of the politicians.

He is more equals, because he took the tough decision for the betterment of pakistan. Do the maths, and you will see, where pakistan was in his era, and where pakistan is now.

Can you seriously compare Musharaff as the president with Zardari, shujaat, raja ashraff? Do we want to be called a mannered, respectful nation ever?

Aftab Apr 24, 2013 11:41am
In fact, the haste and bias judiciary has been acting with against Muhsharaf makes him more equal than others!
AR Apr 24, 2013 02:56pm
In a country obsessed with Generals like, Muhammad bin Qasim, Mahmud Gazanavi, Zahir-ud-din Babur and Ahmed shah Abdali etc. how could you dare to write about our latest hero General Musharraf......of course sarcasm
Civilian Apr 25, 2013 06:11am
Good article and well argued. A bit of perspective in terms of our history. Two assassinated Prime ministers, One hung by "judicial" murder and another put in Attock fort in solitary confinement and most of the top politicians having been in prison at one time or the other. From tragedy of East Pakistan to Kargil to Breaking the constitution to Ojhri camp where a weapons depot blew up showering missiles on people of Islamabad and Rawalpindi when has been a "General" taken to task or even court Martialled. for his crimes in this country or even even questioned over properties and wealth accumulated.
Khan of Kalabagh Apr 25, 2013 06:12pm
cant agree to you more.
Muhammad Farooq ON, Canada Apr 24, 2013 02:54pm
Imran Khan has over-promised, we have to see how he over-delivers
AAA Apr 25, 2013 10:05am
The writer of this article is a cheater & not else
AAA Apr 25, 2013 10:11am
I agree with Mr. Mush Supporter.
Iqbal Apr 25, 2013 05:43am
is Zardari more equal than others?
Atif Apr 24, 2013 11:18am
Is Arsalan Iftikhar more equal than others? Is Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui more equal than others? Are Asif Zardari & Rehman Malik more equal than others? Are Sharif Brothers more equal than others? This country was/is for the elite; talk of this equality and equity is just a Farce and self-deception!!!
Akram Apr 25, 2013 09:14am
you left out the mess he created on the afghan border, the power shortages due to his mismanagement of forecasting power requirements. the list is endless.
Ishaq Zahidani Apr 26, 2013 07:30am
I agree, then those judges should also be tried for treason or supporting the action.. ?
Khan of Kalabagh Apr 25, 2013 06:15pm
good deeds can not give justification to do even ONE EVIL THING OR A SIN, isnt it?
AAA Apr 25, 2013 10:14am
junaid Apr 24, 2013 02:48pm
It is easy to steal terms like " No one is above the law" etc. from developed countries where laws are made and maintained by the best of the best minds, and not by the fake degree holders who neither know how to read and write nor know even ABC of the law. Developed countries know how to protect their elite Generals who devoted their lives to protect their country. Musharaf may have made mistakes but only in his efforts to streamline the progress of the country only. I wish judges and courts could think of people who sold the country's assets for personal gains.
EmMoosa Apr 24, 2013 02:46pm
When Arsalan Iftikhar case has been almost settled by way of muk muka, what you expect from this biased judicial system of Pakistan!!!
AAA Apr 25, 2013 10:04am
Mr Practical Gen. Musharraf Sahab's case is personal matter. Is not it?
MOHAMMAD Apr 25, 2013 06:52am
AAA Apr 25, 2013 09:58am
I totally agree with Ishrat Salim. na sharif was not arrested because of his friendship.
Arif Apr 24, 2013 02:59pm
It is nice to read the article but why only General Musharraf ? Judges and Lawyers are after. What about Zardari, Raja and company including Arsalan.
Rogers Evans Apr 24, 2013 12:07pm
I want to remind ,Mr Kasuri that Prime minister Bhutto was not an ordinary citizen, when he was tried for the murder of the father of Mr Kasuri. The courts awarded hin death penalty. So why Gen. (R )Musharraf should not be triied as common citizen. Bhutto had greater stature in international community than Musharraf. I suggest Mr Kasuri should do his best to defend his client instead of making himself sch useless statements.
Chanpeer Apr 24, 2013 12:10pm
Good piece of writing but giving just one example of Mr. Kasuri, what about others who are sitting above law. One should also check and punish them instead of putting all the guns to Musharraf. Where is Aslam Baig, Lt. Gen. Durrani, Arsalan son of CJ, Raja Pervaiz Ashraf and many more?
S. Tanwir Hasan Apr 24, 2013 09:23pm
No general in US can do this as US has 200 years of democratic set up and no one institution say judiciary interferes in the affairs of other pillars of state. I say no body is above the law and that applies in a rational and mature society and why you are forgetting that the same judiciary headed by current Chief Justice endorsed and approved overthrow of civilian government, and not only this, allowed also General Musharraf to amend the constitution and continue to be President in uniform. The same Chief Justice and courts under him passed controversial orders and allowed bails and reliefs to criminals, murderers and extremists and framing government functionaries in various charges instead and when the same CJ was shown the door the sky fell. All political elements including lawyers got opportunity to rise against Musharraf government and succeeded. How the same judiciary that validated Musharraf take over and his rule will try him. This is million dollar question.
muhammad Apr 25, 2013 09:51am
Raja sahib, Which government you are talking about ? after overthrow of that government people of Pakistan distributed sweets among themselves nobody shed a single tear on the departure of that sham government
AAA Apr 25, 2013 09:50am
I totally agree with Expat
AAA Apr 25, 2013 10:12am
Muhammad Farooq ON, Canada Apr 24, 2013 03:03pm
the irrefutable fact is: Musharraf and those like him are more than equal others. Even ex ministers, ex MNAs, ex MPAs and SHOs are more than equal to common men and women. What can we do? Nothing except writing blogs and buzzing on social media. It happens in sham democracies. We should hope that with passage of time things would improve and a time would come when everybody would be treated as equal. It amazes me only when these unequal people talk of supremecy of law and constitution. I cannot but lament over their hypocricy.
Proud Pakistani Apr 25, 2013 10:05pm
Actually it seems that Musharraf is less equal than others because it is crystal clear that he is being used as a scape goat. His latest arrest for Benazir's murder proves that this legal process has nothing to do with justice or even the constitution. It is a personal vendetta fueled by the ruling elite and a vindictive group of so called lawyers- and we,the regular citizens of Pakistan should ALSO be ashamed of the fact that we are letting this happen!!!!
Kamal Apr 24, 2013 11:46am
An excellent article. But many still don't get it. Kasuri should be ashamed of himself. His statements reflect exactly who he is and we all know that. His love for dictators is well known. First Zia and now MUSH. Gladly, heavens did not fall after MUSH was arrested, taken to a police station and now confined to two rooms in his palace (how can a general build such a home we don't know). Pakistan has many tiers of Justice as a common Pakistani does not support equal Justice for every one. You reap what you sow.
M. S. Alvi Apr 24, 2013 11:46am
I agree .... equality is only theoretical. Let us face it; all people are not equal and cannot be treated equally. Some are leaders, and some are followers; some are privileged others are not. I always wonder why so many of us are so unreal.
Mercurial Apr 24, 2013 12:18pm
I fully agree with Atif. We actually have a swarm of animals which are more equal than others, and Gen. Musharraf, Zardari, Arsalan and certainly from the same block. What we have to ascertain is, amongst all, who is the lesser evil? Who really is a Patriotic Pakistani, who is capable of representing and defending Pakistanis, and who really is capable to taking Pakistan out of the quagmire they are in. I think the answer is obvious.
Mohammed Khanzada Apr 24, 2013 12:14pm
it is easier to write this article , when you are in Canada!!
Khan of Kalabagh Apr 25, 2013 06:17pm
2002 elections were free, wow and that sham REFERENDUM, please tell me that these two fair ...
Tahir Alam Apr 24, 2013 12:07pm
Well said, Haider ! Its about time we made a start ,rather than just accept the 'traditional' way,that was so convenient for those incompetent and greedy generals !
Ahmed Apr 24, 2013 11:15am
A very nice explaination. I wish that the people could understand so that the people like kasuri and ex-service men "at least" think before they leap.
Salman Asif Apr 25, 2013 05:40pm
oh and no person is above the law - no matter what - and neither is this disgrace you call a leader i.e. musharaf
Salman Asif Apr 25, 2013 05:42pm
please name a few good things ? - the economy was artificial, facts and figures manipulated, he was a fired employee of the nation who decided to take things in his own hand, allowed and signed approval for attacks that the country is now regretting and the list goes on and on and on - please lets hear the good things
Salman Asif Apr 25, 2013 05:44pm
fake and artificial economy, manipulated facts and figures, allowed and signed for the attacks that are going on right now and the list goes on - he was even worse than the worst leader pakistan has seen
Salman Asif Apr 25, 2013 05:38pm
really? musharaf? a fired army chief? a traitor tho his country? one who cant even live in the country when he is not in power? he will help? i am in no way saying that other politicians are better but that does not make musharaf innocent or someone who can be relied on or even given power to - remember kargil? remember the drone attacks? artificial economy, manipulated facts and figures is what he brought to pakistan and nothing else ... to hell with him and such leaders - respect and honor ... who was he to play around with not only the country but its judicial system?
Rao Apr 24, 2013 03:38pm
Pakistan is created only for them....Islam is just a ruse
Raja Islam Apr 24, 2013 07:26pm
He committed high treason by overthrowing the government.
Asad Baig Apr 25, 2013 11:23am
People in Pakistan including the esteem writer Don't Remember Much of Pakistan's History because either they were too Young/Naive or not even born in 1971!Lets First Start charges against All Those Responsible for 1971 Breakup of Pakistan, because "No Crime is Bigger" Than Breaking Your Own Country'!!!! Move on to 1977 overthrow of Government,the 1985 Referendum, all Governments of 1990s before Musharraf and than come to Musharraf. All those involved whether Civilians,Judiciary/PCO Judges,Military or others should be brought to Justice.One should Not Pick and Choose Events/Person(s) that one Dis-Likes and Forget/Ignore Far Bigger Crimes Events in our History and the People who Committed Them!Justice Should be Equal for Everyone No Matter How Long Ago The Crime was Committed!!!.Justice Should Not Depend on Ones Personal Likes and Dislikes.
nk Apr 26, 2013 08:07am
A trial can be held by picking judges like a jury selection,all the PCO judges and the judges who have conflict of interest should be disqualified for the sake of fair trial.if we are to up hold the rule of law then we need to make sure the process is fair and impartial,This is a treason trial for heads of state and army chiefs, not to mention some politicians and judges not some traffic violation and the punishment is death so either you apply the law to everyone or no one.!!!
Raja Islam Apr 24, 2013 07:25pm
Musharraf may not be guilty of Benazir's murder, but he is clearly guilty of high treason as he overthrew an elected government via a coup.
chmyounus Apr 24, 2013 11:32am
I agree with Atif
Tim Apr 26, 2013 04:04am
This is not an academic publication. This is freelance journalism. The author ought not to use his academic credentials i.e.
Shaduram Apr 24, 2013 02:34pm
What law? This is the land of the pure. The pure do not need laws. So Pakistan does not have or in need of laws
Sali Apr 24, 2013 02:37pm
If Musharraf is to be blamed for Benazir's murder then Zardari should be blamed for daily bombing and 1000 murders and all politicians should be tried by cancelling the NRO.
Kamran Apr 24, 2013 02:40pm
Musharraf Holds same rights as Arsalan Iftikhar, justice is equal not selective, law should not be vindiction,said to say judiciary only ordering political victimization when injustice is proliferating.
muhammad Apr 25, 2013 09:45am
Dear Mr. Murtaza Haider, You are sitting in Toronto Canada you do not know anything about the dynamics of Pakistani Politics however you must have little idea that what the politicians did to Pakistan especially during the last five years they have destroyed everything they plundered the country with great impunity and you are crying about so called constitution MUSHARRAF is the only leader whom this nation can rely on, he has proved this during his tenure, courts should give him his due respect and not disgrace the only leader who the whole world remember with great respect and honor.
Khan of Kalabagh Apr 25, 2013 06:08pm
i fully subscribe to the views of the writer. no matter what so ever happen, if musharraf is found guilty in the case of Article 6, he should be HANGED TILL DEATH; but should be given a FAIR TRIAL. this will go a long way in strengthening DEMOCRACY and Judiciary.
debater Apr 24, 2013 01:50pm
The question remains can we suomoto Chief Justice of Pakistan or at least conduct a fair audit against him and his famlies assets. In reality even God did not make us all the same and we all bring our own individual qualities to distinguish from others. But on judgement day we all will be judged on the basis of fairness without prejudice or personal vandetta. Today the Chief Justice rule prevails and tomorrow it will be someone else. All I say welcome to the real world.
S. Tanwir Hasan Apr 24, 2013 01:50pm
First of all do not compare Army personnel with others as Army protects the country with lives and blood and everyone knows how much Army personnel have been killed and maimed since creation of Pakistan in its defence and now in terrorist activities, Remember, all over the world army personnel get special treatment. For example in USA when soldiers return home from war zones they get special treatment in getting jobs and well respected in society. Secondly, if yardstick of equality is to be applied it should also be applied on judges. Why judges in Pakistan are unscathed and why Chief Justice's son was given very preferential treatment in the case of corruption of million of rupees and allowed to leave scot free. And many judges are known to be living beyond their means who are well known as corrupt but can never be arraigned and if someone attempts to mention the law of contempt of court comes into effect.
G.A. Apr 24, 2013 01:51pm
This is the problem with dictators. They go to any length to save their skin. Nelson Mandela stayed in prison for 27 years without compromising on his principles. Our commando wants the army, that is paid for by the people of Pakistan, to save him by confronting the judiciary. This brave soldier is afraid of jail. Malala Yusufzai took a bullet to her head for her right. This is the difference!!
Agha Ata (USA) Apr 24, 2013 01:52pm
Two people have ruined this country, the vanity of landlords and the generals.
asif Apr 24, 2013 01:56pm
i wonder what Imran khan will do to turn military officers into ordinary citizens in the eyes of the law, perhaps nothing?
Jamal Apr 25, 2013 02:59am
Mush messed up big time: Kargill; overthrow of an elected government; toying with constitution; Bugti murder; most recently, fleeing a court? Who he thinks he is, a god? No one is above law! Period! His commando mentality and false ego did him in! You reap what you sow!
arshad Apr 24, 2013 03:51pm
Murtaza haider has jotted his rant well, but rant it is. A view is that the judiciary that took under a PCO that itself termed unconstitutional, is harassing and blatantly hounding Musharraf out of petty revenge. A judge using suo moto arbitrarily added charge of anti terrorism against a defendant, without any indication from the prosecution. On the other hand, judges using the threat of contempt of court clause to silence their critics. The question arises that how to punish the belligerence of a judiciary gone dictatorial.
Expat Apr 25, 2013 02:15am
Musharraf is the finest leader Pakistan has seen in its history. Country prospered phenomenally under his rule and everything was well managed. It is a shame that the man who freed the press, and strengthened democratic institutions, conducted free and fair elections is being humiliated in the manner that he is. Says a lot about Pakistanis. They deserve incompetent and corrupt leaders like the ones in the office now.
Mustafa Apr 25, 2013 06:57pm
Just read this news: KARACHI: At least five people were killed and around ten others injured when a blast ripped through an election office of a political party in Karachi on Thursday night, officials told Dawn.Com. My blood is boiling. I believe Pakistan needs now a ruthless dictator with iron fist to wipe out militancy and terrorsm and then hand over the country to a democratic elected government. Please forgive me if I am wrong.
Rehman Hussain Apr 24, 2013 03:54pm
your example is really eccentric not to say the least. We are discussing equal rights of the citizens not the private privilages .. It is my money or airline seat . I do as I please . Can you serve jail sentence on some one else behalf .. Only in Islam you can pay the blood money IF AND IF VICTIMS immediate family accepts it..
arslansaeed001 Apr 25, 2013 03:48am
He may or may not equal to all others, but there are few points which we should not before making a note. He has done a great job in many departments, but along the good job. He has also done many wrong things which are clearly pushing him back right now from gaining a seat in this time elections.
T.A.M. Apr 24, 2013 12:29pm
Dear Murtaza Haider, I agree with you that there is no greater privilege than being a citizen among citizens. But have you wondered that when you or other good citizens of high esteem while travelling business class (say) in a flight can shrug off that arrogance and give your seat away to a stooping old lady passing by you heading towards the tight and uncomfortable bloody civilian class section of the plane? I don't think you would do that because you you have a class / status distinction which you have earned- one way or the other. Hence the human psychology of distinction between the upper and lower classes will always prevail.
Rehman Hussain Apr 24, 2013 03:25pm
This is not the job of Imran Khan , it is the job of the entire nation to humble them. Remember the peoples power .. How Field Marshall Ayub Khan went packing, remember how Z.A.Bhutto, who brag the power of the chair went to gallows. How Musharaaf send packing. The greatness of the Nation lies in its citizens , laws of the lands and their enforcement and free and fair judiciary..
zoxo100 Apr 24, 2013 12:35pm
Kasur the lawyer is going about it the wrong way. He should be showing equality not bellowing the high and mighty status of the General. Time to get an astute lawyer not some one who talks out of turn.
Haider Ali Apr 24, 2013 12:45pm
Very well said, a nice explanation.
Ishrat salim Apr 24, 2013 07:44pm
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rameez Apr 24, 2013 01:00pm
Well said! But how is it that rental power case, hajj corruption case, apherdine case and not to mention Cheif Justice sons case have been pending for so long. (i can tell u 10 ore cases) we are in for speedy justice but it should be done @ all levels.
Zaheer Apr 25, 2013 04:54am
The writer is indeed talking about Tom, Dick and Harry, whether living in Pakistan, or outside Pakistan-all he is saying is that we the ordinary people have the same rights as the high and mighty-wherever we live. Is that asking too much and is it hard to understand?
Syed IRTAZA Haider Rizvi Apr 25, 2013 05:02am
Syed Irtaza Haider Rizvi i would like to request to chif justies of Pakistan plz justified with pervaiz Musharraf because only this person bring changes in our country because he is brave and honest person i hope that u will justified with Pervaiz Musharraf as well as i like to request plz chance to him in election. Pervaiz Musharraf is the HERO of Pakistan. I DO PRAY FOR PERVAIZ MUSHARRAF MOLA PANJATANA-E-PAK KEEP SAVE HIS LIFE OR GIVE ONE MORE CHANCE TO HIM AAMIN
Khan of Kalabagh Apr 25, 2013 06:10pm
@ Muhammad , no matter how angelic musharraf or any other general may be, NO ONE SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO ABROGATE CONSTITUTION and rule PAKISTAN with his stick, never in any case, never
Mustafa Apr 25, 2013 05:10am
One who overthrows a corrupt elected or un-elected government is a hero. If it was not so, why on 13 May 2000, Pakistan
AAA Apr 25, 2013 10:26am
No it just personal, what else?
nk Apr 25, 2013 06:00am
I have seen a lot of people who have made it outside Pakistan to turn their nose to what is reality on the ground in Pakistan.they sounds high and mighty talking about equality and rule of law,even in developed countries powerful gets better treatment then people at large,rich gets better justice then poor. lets talk about the topic at hand"Pervez Musharraf's treason trial"I think Mr Murtaza Haider, Ph.D from Toronto would agree that law should apply to everyone equally. I suggest that a trial for treason should be televised and everyone who ever abrogated the constitution and people who supported that action should be tried and punished. I think Mr Murtaza Haider, Ph.D from Toronto would agree that law for treason (or any other for that matter) should not be apply to one Lawbreaker,it should apply to everyone who has done so,wouldn't you agree Mr Murtaza Haider, Ph.D from Toronto!
Tariq Imran Ahmad Apr 24, 2013 01:24pm
Very well said.
Practical Apr 25, 2013 12:51am
I agree with what you have stated quoting Prophet Muhammad. What religion do the Pakistanis follow? What religion the politicians follow? What religion do the Judges and the law enforcing officers follow? Will somebody be kind enough to answer. Thanks
Practical Apr 25, 2013 01:01am
Raja the elected government was overthrown while Gen. Musharraf was in the air. How come if we are concerned then the Generals who were involved are not included in the case. I have never seen in any civilised country where the Judge includes charges where the petitioner has not stated. It can only happen in Pakistan and in IHC. What happened to Hamoodur Rehman report on former East Pakistan debacle? If we are honest then why is it not being published?
Akram Apr 24, 2013 04:21pm
would a US general who overthrew the elected government be set free by US courts?
naseem Apr 24, 2013 04:23pm
They know what they are getting into and they are paid for it as we all are doing our bit, but does this mean that they can break the laws and get away with it. NO SIR. Gen. McCrystal was releived of his command when he just gave one political statement. So thats how generals are treated here in democracy. By the way, name one misadventure that our Generals have won to their credit. Remember Kargil.
akhter husain Apr 25, 2013 01:55pm
Who will do it,the judiciary?
Ordinary Citizen Apr 24, 2013 04:35pm
So what about the original sin of abrogating the constitution?
mike jackson Apr 24, 2013 11:18pm
Folks let me be as blunt as possible ..and you wont like it. The inherent pathology of these sc justices is not geared toward justice, its personal vendetta and vengeance.The so called justices never have a case against the Alamgir brothers ..or any one pmln If there was an audit of these justices we just might find plenty skeletons in the closet ..dare I say more !!
Amjad Wyne Apr 24, 2013 06:53pm
All sinners must be treated as equals. Upholding the constitution does not apply just to Musharraf. For anyone to somehow suggest that God licensed the judges - one of the most corrupt segments of Pakistani society - to dole out judgments on others while implying immunity for themselves does not even begin to make sense.
rizwan ul hasan khan Apr 24, 2013 10:48pm
A wonderful article written on current situation........Should also write about those generals who broke Pakistan and never asked for any thing............... Politicians who are draining billions from Pakistan economy and are roaming free around with pride and without any fear.
MushSupporter Apr 24, 2013 04:52pm
Do not exercise haste in your judgements - just wait and see how these judges behave. There was a reason Mush instituted inquiry against Ifti Ch. - on whose heads has Arsalan Iftikhar become multi-millionaire in these 5 years - going from a sifarishi-employed-govt-employee to a wheeler and dealer. The judges will be their own undoing - even as saner voices in the judiciary caution them of the dangers ahead when they abandon due process and start proceeding on "we know what happened and will rule with alacrity".
MushSupporter Apr 24, 2013 04:56pm
The reason Mush is being called "more equal" is not because he is special - if Kasuri says that he misspeaks. What is actually at issue is something entirely different - that judges are challenging something they themselves are guilty of (support of 1999 coup etc.) - so if you start unraveling Mush actions, you open up a Pandora's box of legal issues which will be hard to reconcile to any sanity. Of course this matters little to those who just hate Mush for ideological reasons - and for them just killing off one person is justification enough to behave anyway they want. However they are not the only persons living in this country - there are plenty of folks who would like courts to behave in a way that is not determined by self-interest of the courts - or for judges to not sit in judgement in cases they themselves are conflicted by. Judges are destroying the foundations of the legal system in Pakistan by doing so.
Muhammad Farooq, ON,Canada Apr 24, 2013 07:48pm
if you are blaming general saheb for being silent you are wrong. A friend in need is a friend inneed and sometimes silence is more powerful than speech.
Ishrat salim Apr 24, 2013 07:49pm
Yes Musharraf is guilty of high treason bcz of abrogating constitution and overthrew elected govt, so were Gen Ayub khan, Gen Zia, even Bhutto...who did not agree to handover govt to mujeeb whose party won in majority....this is fact and is part of history which can never be written off....
Ali Apr 24, 2013 05:13pm
Very good article. Anyone really think that Pakistan can ever become a justice country where everyone will be equally treated until Kayani us there? He was so quick to issue statement in support if Aslam Beg and now Musharraf's lawyers have openly given statements on behalf of Kayani while ISPR is intentionally silent. I wish we had an ho est God Fearing army chief who would have let law take its normal course in case of Beg and Musharraf, there is zero chance as long as Kayani is there, this is how we destroy institutions just to protect t personal friends
Aurang Zeib Apr 24, 2013 10:08pm
So what.... if high treason is the answer for bringing so much prosperity and upliftment of living standard of poor in Pakistan ..... we the people of Pakistan want that 100 time again at the hands of generals ...... and do not say the elected governments were overthrown, yes a self fish govt was thrown to dust bin very rightly for the rights of common men in Pakistan.
Tom - Dick - Harry Apr 24, 2013 08:48pm
Please go and look around,,, many other people need to be trailed as well... among our favorite politicians who are destroying this country for generations. OHHH yeah ... also come out of the nest you are having in Canada and live with the ordinary people here in Pakistan...
imran Apr 24, 2013 08:25pm
A nation can not last longer where the rich and power full can get away with their crimes and where only the poor and weak get punished. Law should be equal for every citizen. As our Prophet Muhammad say if my own daughter commit crime she will be punished and won't get away with it because she is the daughter of a Prophet and leader.
Kausik Apr 24, 2013 08:30pm
Subverting Democracy and arresting justice is not a petty crime so when you defend a fascist dictator country need to exam its values in Democracy,Judicial freedom and rule of law rather than a individual nobody remembers Jinnah speech to parliament wanting secular Pakistan.
Stephens aiser Apr 24, 2013 08:31pm
Mr.Murtaza come to Pakistan, feel the difference from Canada and then write a blog.
Shah Apr 24, 2013 05:53pm
When we are going to get out revenge politics and Judiciary acting as a Dictator. Let the Judicial system work. How can you blame the president of a country for Banazir got shot at the political rally. Why our Judges are busy trying to show that powerfull.. Please get of the Horse and live and let live. It is about time we get mature and move on.
tehzeeb Zulfiqar Apr 24, 2013 09:11pm
Murtaza, an excellent aritcle. Infact you portrayed my feelings..
sfomann Apr 24, 2013 09:12pm
Exactly. And Zardari should be on the top of most wanted thief of Pakistan
marghoob ahmed siddiqui Apr 24, 2013 06:11pm
Yes for people like you, Bhutto, Benazir and Zardari, different from common Pakistani. Why should Parvez Musharraf be different. He only brought progress and peace in Country, what else he has done? I think people like writer have lost all senses of justice.
Kausik Apr 24, 2013 07:10pm
I am one of those Tom,Dick and Harry excellent article but law has to be equal.Musharraf is innocent till proven guilty.His voluntary come back not a flight risk courts can confiscate passport no need to arrest if that can be equation option allowed under law.Country is greater than a person and history proves it.not many remember Gandhi or Nehru or Jinnah as they are footnotes in we need to build values greater than individuals.The sabre rattling by retired Generals is disturbing to Democracy in Pakistan.
malole Apr 24, 2013 06:32pm
How about the same treatment he meted out to his opppnents?