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The general on trial

Published Apr 14, 2013 05:08am


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THIS is with reference to your editorial ‘The larger picture: treason hearing’ (April 10).

It has rightly been mentioned in the editorial that the focus during the trial of Gen Musharraf shouldn’t remain confined to simply the events of 2007; rather it should encompass those of 1999 as well when the government of the then prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ousted who had tried to sack the general when he was on flight while returning to Pakistan from an official tour of Sri Lanka.

If at all Nawaz Sharif was that much interested in removing him, he should have adopted a proper procedure to do so when the general had landed. There wasn’t any need for a clandestine operation against him. If this ill-advised move on the part of Nawaz Sharif had succeeded, one doesn’t know as to what picture would have emerged at that time.

Coming to the general’s trial, it seems that people would have to wait for the outcome till such time the next government is in saddle. The incumbent caretaker government wouldn’t like to get involved in it, saying that the matter was beyond its mandate.

Gen Musharraf’s counsel has said that his client’s trial would open Pandora’s box and that many other people and institutions would get involved in it. But, the Supreme Court was all determined to go ahead with the proceedings.

What turn events would take in future only time would tell.

AZFAR Rawalpindi

Comments (12) Closed

Kamal Apr 14, 2013 04:03am
The tactics chosen by NZ to oust MUSH were in bad taste unlike his budding tastes. NZ should have sacked MUSH earlier and told him so in person as he was empowered to remove COAS at his pleasure. Since MUSH and his team expected that move any way, they followed their own plan to end the constitutional government. For putting constitution in abeyance, MUSH should be tried twice for setting a new world record. His accomplices in that crime should also be tried along with him. This is a legal matter and does not need approval of government. Law should take its course in the courts. Things are moving in right directions. We should encourage legal proceedings against MUSH to ensure no opportunist can usurp our destiny in future at gun point.
Husain Jan Apr 14, 2013 04:39am
No need to wait for new govt to be in place, the trial must start and end within a reasonable time. If unduly prolonged the matter may die without any result.
Mohammad Farooq Apr 14, 2013 07:23am
The General and his counsel are a bunch of haughty and disdainful people.
Guest63 Apr 14, 2013 10:07am
Nothing will happen to the trial nor to the Mushy himself , forgotten the hulla gullah about the Ambassador Hussain Haqani's so famous letter case or the NRO based Swiss letter case , What happened is for the eyes to see .......... Musshy will be allowed to contest the election , he should be as he has to prove his own worth infront of the common voters ( not his God gifted read Military in place of God , self proclaimed maseeha and saviour of the nation , every dictator having guns and tanks behind him as a support of his power felt the same way every where in the world ) Let Mushy face the music of electoral choice and then see him vanished from the scene politically and metaphorically the only way to see his back once for all
Tariq Apr 14, 2013 11:33am
What happened with the case of Dr. Arsalan, after that can we expect any justice really ?
aziz Apr 14, 2013 12:08pm
Nawaz Sharif , the aspiring 'Ameer-ul-Momineen' of the time is also associated with the mob attack on the Supreme Court of Pakistan. This is as much of a dark episode of our civilian history as Musharraf's abrogation of the Constitution during military rule. The trial should, therefore, be restricted to 2007 events.
M. Siddique USA Apr 14, 2013 03:36pm
What Pakistan needs is a special tribunal who can put all the coup leaders on trial alongwith all the judges who had taken oath under any PCO. Anyone supporting the PCOs is equally guilty of treason. Anyone in any shape or form supported the millitary dictators should be disqualified. Nation needs a fresh start to re-build the de-shaped Pakistan.
Masood hussain Apr 14, 2013 05:36pm
The Hon'le C.J is interested to keep himself in the news by his various actions.
mohammad shafique Apr 14, 2013 06:18pm
the caretaker government has no business interfering with the courts business, the courts should proceed to try this rogue general
hyderphd74 Apr 15, 2013 12:01am
You should remember that Nawaz Sharif and Choudhry Ji are buddies. They speak the same language, in a sense, whereas Musharraf is a "foreigner" in the same sense !
kirther Apr 15, 2013 12:34am
Let the court do whatever they think is necessary, since the matter is in the court others should not make comments, especially the electronic media. These anchor persons have nothing constructive to do except gossiping in talk shows and presenting same set of politicians over and over again. There are certain things that should not be taken lightly as they have long term implications, like after 9/11 certain TV stations started telecasting interviews of people involved in killing innocent people and destroying the fabric of the society, Alqaida terrorist were presented as hero, by doing this they have mislead the whole nation particularly the youth and let them stray. A well informed, professional and honest reporter or journalist can easily give new direction to masses and make significant impact on society. Nation building is very important and political leadership has failed miserably, in this age of IT journalist and anchor persons should realize their important role and avoid from misleading the nation like politician have done.
alazy Apr 15, 2013 05:28am
What about the quick promotion of our favorite CJ son