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pakistan; musharraf's exit

Neherwali Haveli

There's little forgiveness for the General. What will his exit bring?

Neherwali Haveli
Neherwali Haveli
outlookindia.com
-0001-11-30T00:00:00+05:53

The Future

  • Some want him tried for treason. Others say grant him indemnity if he promises not to hold public office.
  • The above situation is unlikely to happen since the army has insisted that their former chief shouldn't be humiliated
  • He could float a political party and participate in politics
  • He could leave the country, but he says he'll never do that. He could also sit back, live the retired life.
The Legacy
  • Like all dictators, subverted democracy, sent rivals to jail, stifled the media, responsible for Kargil...
  • Indo-Pak relations improved under him, prompted people to think of new ways to resolve the Kashmir issue.
  • Was a liberal, promoted art and culture as well as women's rights

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As Pervez Musharraf returned to his Rawalpindi residence, Army House, after announcing his decision to resign from the office of president, he can't have missed the throng of people en route chanting, "Hang him! Hang him!" The crowd was mostly Pakistan People's Party (PPP) activists, finally giving vent to an anger which had been simmering over months, their mood turning ugly as the hours passed. "This is the city where he killed our leader Benazir Bhutto. This is the city where Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was hanged by the army. We will not let Musharraf escape," they shouted repeatedly.

But it wasn't just PPP activists who were celebrating Musharraf's resignation. In the vicinity were the lawyers, dancing and distributing sweets to passers-by, even to the policemen who had beaten them mercilessly during the months of protests and boycott of courts organised against the sacking of Chief Justice Iftikhar M. Chaudhry. They too were demanding that "Musharraf be tried for violating the Constitution under Article 6 and hanged". This clamour was, of course, with an eye on the future. As lawyer Pervez Khan told Outlook, "There should be punishment for Musharraf. We've to make an example of him...this country should never again witness Musharraf-like adventurism in the future."

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