Soruce: The Telegraph
One man in Pakistan would have watched last Saturday's election results come rolling with more alarm than anyone else. Pervez Musharraf was the general who cut short Nawaz Sharif's second term in office by seizing control of the country and arresting the prime minister.
How the tables have turned. Now Mr Musharraf is under house arrest, confined to two rooms of his smart villa just outside Islamabad, and his old foe Mr Sharif is preparing to move back into Prime Minister's House for a third term. Things could not have turned out much worse for the former military ruler.
But quietly, behind the scenes, it looks as if the stage is being set for Mr Musharraf to make a rapid departure. Informed commentators whisper that his old pals in the military are reaching out to the courts – where the 69-year-old faces a slew of cases – preparing the ground so he can leave before Mr Sharif is sworn in.
That would be handy for Mr Sharif. He has enough problems with a powerful military establishment without also being handed responsibility for dealing with their former chief of staff.
On Friday night, one piece in the jigsaw was slotted into place. A lawyer, who had initiated one of the cases against Mr Musharraf – the one with the most chance of success, alleging that he had arrested and imprisoned lawyers as he desperately tried to hold on to office in 2007 – announced he had withdrawn his complaint.
Talking to Dawn on Friday, Advocate Ghumman said he had withdrawn the complaint in the larger national interest. “I think that the trial of Gen Musharraf in such a state of affairs is not in the national interest and, therefore, I have decided to withdraw my complaint,” he said.It will be up to the courts to decide whether to halt proceedings. But isn't it curious? Not only have the courts toned down their anti-Musharraf rhetoric in recent weeks but now one of the cases is on shaky foundations.
This has always been the issue. Ever since Mr Musharraf made his ill-conceived return, the question has been how to get him out of the country while allowing everyone involved to save face. The courts won't want to back down, given the way he treated the lawyers. Nor will Mr Sharif. Bringing both into conflict with an army that won't give up its man. Hardly the route to a stable Pakistan.
Musharraf's escape has become something of an Islamabad parlour game, constructing ever more complex ruses to get Mr Musharraf to Dubai or London. Some suggestions:
- He is taken ill and must go to Dubai for specialist treatment – never to return
- His 95-year-old mother is taken ill and Mr Musharraf is given special compassionate grounds to travel to her bedside in Dubai – never to return
- He receives a presidential pardon from President Asif Ali Zardari, who in exchange is given a nod and a wink that corruption cases against him be shelved, all lubricated with Saudi cash for Nawaz Sharif's government
Most likely this is a likely outcome (what this article has described). And again, my question to everybody who thinks "elections are the way to change and betterment" ---> What change?
If this is one of the first things to be happening in this country after the "historic turnout" ... What change are you talking about?
My posts have become increasingly pessimistic (or so it seems). I'm only trying to point out that the flaw is in the very system - the system we hold sacred with no basis! That's the only purpose behind these posts.
The solution is simple (if not easy to implement). Bring back Islam on the political level in the country. It has been done before (in the Age of Ignorance in Makkah, nobody could imagine that an Islamic state could be set up in neighboring Medina which would spread far and wide within a few years).
Pakistan is still predominantly Muslim - and has awareness etc. :)