Musharraf’s trial: Vital for Pakistan's history and future

If the Musharraf trial goes through, regardless of the outcome, the day will be marked forever in Pakistan’s history!

Priyanka Rajani July 08, 2013
Not wanting to take an extreme stand on the issue of the trial of General (retd) Pervez Musharraf is understandable but ignoring his absence from court isn’t. Precedent is extremely important here. If the right example is set, our future generations will have something to hold on to, as a source of hope and inspiration.

The government’s decision to try the general and make this issue a top priority could be questioned on many grounds — how is the treason case or a murder trial more important than the ongoing terrorist attacks; why is energy not more important than seeing Musharraf behind bars and why does all of this have to happen during the government’s 90-day honeymoon period?

I, for one, would rather not look at that side of the picture. Answers can be found and debated upon if required but what stands out for me, as a citizen of this country, is the long-term vision of the move. If the treason trial goes through, no matter what the eventual outcome is, the day will be marked forever in Pakistan’s history. After the many military coups, a civilian government shall hold a military dictator accountable for his crimes. The shift of power, although not absolute, shall leave its imprint. Internationally, this will be a step towards a new direction for Pakistan. The country, forever at the verge of collapse, now holds its rulers accountable. The fascinating appeal of such a truth, in a third world country, forever struggling to survive, seems almost magical.

But we come back to reality and try to think of the cons of such a trial. There aren’t any.

The prime minister might not have had all the abovementioned factors in mind when he decided to announce that the government will be trying Musharraf for treason, but that doesn’t have to be the focus now. If the treason trial goes through, people will debate upon its causes and effects for decades to come.

For now, I’m just hoping that the witnesses get to court safely, the trial is conducted and the rule of law is upheld!
Priyanka Rajani The writer is a sub-editor at the Opinions and Editorial desk at The Express Tribune.
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.


PR | 8 years ago | Reply At the risk of starting a comment-war, I just want to point out that what all of us are discussing here are the arguments that could/should be presented in court, with evidence. I don't know if Musharraf is in fact the one to be blamed for everything that people blame him for and I can't comment on the motivations for pushing this trial BUT as the article says, let's at least hope the trial happens. His position or power shouldn't let him get away with anything!
Raza | 8 years ago | Reply Priyanka, as someone who knew you once and is hence aware of your high powers of intellect, I'm disappointed in your naivete; if you think that this mockery of a "trial" of the man who rescued the country from bankruptcy in 1999 represents anything other than politically motivated revenge, then you quite clearly are unaware of reality. Its been 5 years since Mushurraf left; the record speaks for itself. The liberals, democrats and haters can now celebrate this "almost magical" moment while the decline continues.
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