The government has initiated the High treason case against the former dictator General (retd) Pervez Musharraf under the article 6 of Pakistani Constitution. The opposition parties in the Parliament have also endorsed Nawaz Sharif’s decision to try Musharraf and demanded to have dictator’s photographs removed from government buildings.
Scores of frightened politicians and bureaucrats have expressed fear that the case in question may take a lid off the Pandora’s Box because if the government goes for a complete trial, it would also lead to disclosure of many hidden faces, thus, compounding the problems of the newly elected government along with former President.
According to the article 6 of the constitution of Pakistan, the traitor and the abettors are equal in the eye of law.
One wonders that when Musharraf was in the air in a plane on October 12, 1999, waiting for a ground permission to land at Karachi airport, so how he could impose a Marshal Law single handedly. It makes sense to conclude that some Tom, Dick and Harry must have played a role as collaborators.
It must be remembered that Musharraf’s Marshal Law was not the only one in the history of Pakistan. This country had witnessed several such adventures by former Generals including Ayub Khan, Yahya Khan and Zia ul Haq, so the question is: Would they also be put to a similar trial? If we were to believe that such action would be taken then perhaps that would be tantamount to living in fool’s paradise.
First time in the history of Pakistan, the Pakistan Peoples’ Party government completed its five-year tenure and the country witnessed the democratic transition of power. We must also not forget that as result of the 18th amendment the newly elected government has been enjoying full powers from the first day of taking the helm. Army has been confined to its constitutional limits and it is also a fact that this has played a pivotal role towards promoting the democracy.
Some circles are portraying Musharraf’s trial as an action or vendetta against a particular institution, warning that this kind of attitude may have a negative impact on the whole process of accountability.
According to a British daily, there is a possibility that arrangements may be put in place for giving the former dictator Pervez Musharraf a safe exit out of the country.
However, only time will tell how the events unfold in the days to come.