Musharraf charge sheet: Where is the follow-up?

Why has PPP not shown any reaction to the charge sheet issued against Musharraf by the PML-N?

Hammad Siddiqui November 25, 2010
Recently, Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) issued a charge sheet against former president Pervez Musharraf – well done! The seven-page charge-sheet contains 17 allegations including the Kargil misadventure, Musharraf’s use of the army for personal reasons, declaring war against Pakistanis, blackmailing through NAB, alleged assassination of Nawab Akbar Bugti and the disappearance of people and conspiracy in Balochistan. The document also termed Musharraf a "corrupt, callous, immoral and ruthless ruler."

Moreover, PML-N demanded that the government take necessary measures to bring back the former president through Interpol and ensure his trial under Article 6 of the Constitution for acts of high treason.

The question really is: is it possible to charge Musharraf based on these allegations?

So far, The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), a coalition partner with PML-N in the largest province of the country has not shown any reaction to the charge sheet.

Giving a comical statement at a press conference in London, former president General (r) Pervez Musharraf said:
"I acknowledge that during the last years of my regime, there were some decisions, which I can term as political mistakes,... I promise not to commit them again. I start my political career with clean slate."

However, a notable point is that the former president is still not comfortable about giving a possible date for his return to Pakistan. Musharraf does not seem to have street support in the country (judging by the absence of his party’s visibility in other provinces). Will the PML-N be able to change public opinion through this charge sheet? In any case, I fail to understand why PML-N is scared of Musharraf’s return to Pakistan?

Our international friends are adding a cherry on this cake. On the one hand, some are ignoring  Pervez Musharraf’s return to politics, while others are doing the opposite. Statements such as a recent one made by Richard Holbrooke “Musharraf comes back and wins a democratic election? Fine. But as I indicated earlier, the chances of that are very slim.” breaks the hearts of those who joined Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League. On the other hand, it gives me the assurance that a military ruler of the past is not going to take over as a politician.

The question is: should Holbrooke be the one giving us this assurance, or should it be up to our political leaders to develop our faith in the democratic system?
Hammad Siddiqui An institutional capacity building specialist who currently works as Deputy Country Director at Center of International Private Enterprise ( He is qualified from the US Chamber of Commerce and blogs at
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.


Papu | 13 years ago | Reply I totally agreed with writer atleast he starts we must appreciate him and thanks for the technology who give us pure democracy here but people of Pakistan i just here "Wo qomay taraqi nahi karti jo soti rayti hai jagoo pakistan jagoo
Emad Sohail | 13 years ago | Reply How many more charge sheets are we going to produce in future to save our Kingship? Who will talk about the people of Pakistan? No party in the History of Pakistan ever dared to produce the "Charge sheet of its own" Where is the Self-Accountability!! Nobody ever dared to volunteer for submission of their own mistakes and crimes in their Government Era and had rectified those mistakes immediately! I want to know which Political Party will voluntarily come and unarmed their weapons in a public? I am seeing since my birth people of Pakistan are being deprived and victimized in all era whether its target killing of political party workers, doctors, engineers, religious scholars, suicide bomb blasts etc etc OR basic necessities (food, safety, clean drinking water and shelter) OR through corruption OR scarcity of jobs etc etc See the statistics of street crimes of Karachi in 2010. Isn't it horoundiosus if NOT then why NOT!! Regarding Musharaf's era, he is history. PMLN & PPP is still mystery!!! No solutions for above whatsoever, right!! Every Government is expert in the art of "PUTTING OLD WINES IN NEW BOTTLES!!" Give me a break guys!!! Cut the crap!!
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