Special Court decides not to issue arrest warrant against Musharraf

Published: January 2, 2014
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Paramilitary soldiers stand outside the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) where Pervez Musharraf admit for treatment in Rawalpindi January 2. PHOTO: REUTERS

Paramilitary soldiers stand outside the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) where Pervez Musharraf admit for treatment in Rawalpindi January 2. PHOTO: REUTERS

Paramilitary soldiers stand outside the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) where Pervez Musharraf admit for treatment in Rawalpindi January 2. PHOTO: REUTERS Former president General (retd) Pervez Musharraf. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD / RAWALPINDI: The Special Court on Thursday decided not to issue arrest warrant against former president Pervez Musharraf as he failed to appear before the court due to sudden sickness, Express News reported.

The hearing will resume on January 6.

According to the short order issued after today’s proceeding, Musharraf was exempted from personally appearing before the court on medical grounds.

Even as Musharraf’s condition now is reported to be safe, doctors at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology have decided to keep him at the hospital for two more days as a precaution. He will be undergoing medical tests in this period.

The former military ruler faces treason charges under Article 6 for suspending, subverting and abrogating the Constitution, imposing an emergency in the country in November 2007 and detaining judges of the superior courts. It is the first time in Pakistan’s history that a former military ruler has been put on trial for treason.

Sickness

Musharraf fell sick on his way to the hearing of the treason case in the special court and his convoy was redirected to the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology in Rawalpindi.

According to government officials, Musharraf complained of pain in his heart and was immediately taken to the hospital. Musharraf has now been transferred to the Coronary Care Unit from the Intensive Care Unit and is still being provided with medical assistance.

Former military chief’s wife Sehba Musharraf also arrived at the hospital to be with her husband. She was, however, not allowed to see him.

Express News screengrab showing Musharraf’s convoy on its way to the hospital.

The heart rate of Musharraf is reportedly not stable and a medical board was constituted to examine his health condition. The former military ruler will undergo angiography soon. Decision to treat him in Pakistan or abroad will be taken by the medical board after diagnosis.

Jan Mohammad, a senior police official, told the court in Islamabad that Musharraf had fallen ill while being transported to the hearing under heavy security.

“He has been shifted to Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology after he got heart problem,” Mohammad said.

An aide to Musharraf, who is facing a series of criminal cases dating back to his 1999-2008 rule, told AFP the retired general was in “bad shape.”

Treason hearing 

The special court had earlier ordered Musharraf to appear before the court today or face consequences.

It has reserved its decision of the hearing of the case today and will announce it at 4pm.

On the request of senior counsel on Musharraf’s legal team Anwar Mansoor Khan, the hearing of the treason case has now been adjourned to January 6.

‘Persecutor, not prosecuter’

While speaking to the media, Musharraf’s lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri said “the former president was ready to appear before the court today but could not come as he suddenly fell sick.”

Express News screengrab of Musharraf’s lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri talking to the media.

On questions from journalists expressing suspicion over Musharraf’s sudden sickness, Kasuri stated that the media personnel should go and talk to the doctors to know what happened to the ex-army man.

Lashing out at Akram Sheikh, Kasuri said a prosecutor’s job is to assist the court and not to ensure punishment. “He is not a prosecutor but a persecutor.”

A press release was issued later in the day in which it was stated that Musharraf respects the institution of the judiciary and believes in the supremacy of the rule of law

Musharraf  has voluntarily attended various court hearings in the past and it was his intention to attend the hearing at the special court today, the statement said, adding that Musharraf was willing to attend the hearing even though he believes the judges to be biased.

The press release also added that Musharraf is undergoing medical tests and that the thoughts of his well-wishers are with him.

Boycott

Earlier today, Musharraf’s lawyers boycotted the hearing because of security issues.

Khan told the court he has been receiving threats and was unable to sleep the night before the hearing.

“I was under total threat… from 1:00 am to five in the morning. Someone was banging on my door and ringing my bell,” Khan told the court.

When one of the judges asked who was threatening him, Khan answered, “This very government.”

The court promised to investigate but Khan walked out of court, followed by other members of Musharraf’s legal team.

“This never happened in my 40 years of practice. I will walk out,” Khan said.

Senior lawyer Sharifuddin Pirzada, who is defending Musharraf, also complained of being threatened. He stated that lawyer Akram Sheikh, who represents the government, sent threats to lawyer Ibrahim Satti who is part of the legal team defending Musharraf.

“Akram Sheikh should have an attitude of a lawyer,” said Satti.

Sheikh on the other hand denied the allegations stating that “Ibrahim Satti was given a message that the atmosphere of the court should be made better.”

“It is very difficult for me to even walk, how could I have given threats to anyone,” he remarked.

Justice Faisal Arab replied after hearing about these threats that necessary security arrangements will be made for their safety.

To this, Khan replied that “I do not trust the security provided by the government”.

Security threats

The former president had failed to appear before the court on January 1 citing security threats. Musharraf’s advocate Ahmed Raza Kasuri had said that security was still an issue, stating that a kilogramme of explosive materials was found near Musharraf’s farmhouse this morning.

This was the third time that small quantities of explosives have been found near Chak Shahzad farmhouse. On December 31, 2.5kg of explosives were found around two kilometers away from the farmhouse.

A 5kg bomb, two pistols, a five-meter detonator wire and 16 bullets were also recovered on his route to court on December 24.

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Reader Comments (134)

  • Earth on Fire
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:16PM

    Drama…..Recommend

  • Jan 2, 2014 - 12:17PM

    get well soon Sir Musharraf

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  • Gulfam
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:18PM

    hmmm…… Musharaf should not do this.. he’s good guy and leader as well… but now he is afraid
    m i right?

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  • Talking Point
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:18PM

    Musharraf , honesty , heart aches and planted explosives – paints the true story of a “fearless General” .Recommend

  • lalai
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:33PM

    At face value,it shows severe anxiety on behalf of commando/general which comes from desperation. God save him till last so that he can face the consequences of his high handedness.

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  • Maddy
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:33PM

    May Allah grant PM health!

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  • Karachi wala
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:34PM

    General has started learning politics…..good one Musharraf….may Allah protect you.

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  • AK47
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:35PM

    Get well soon sir.

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  • AM
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:39PM

    God Bless Him!!!!!!

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  • Nadir
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:40PM

    Ah yes, surely a heart condition that must be treated abroad.

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  • aaaaa
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:41PM

    Next time his tyres will mysteriously puncture, perhaps his petrol will run out the time after that. But since nothing happened to him this time, its clear that inadequate security is a false pretext.

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  • Waseem
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:48PM

    Musharraf is being air-lifted today from PIMS helipad on pretext of emergency treatment through air-ambulance that is ready there.

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  • AJZ
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:52PM

    May Allah grant him health..!

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  • Omar
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:58PM

    Next statement: “Armed forces institute of cardiology has diagnosed Musharraf with court allergy and says can only be treated abroad.”Recommend

  • sabi
    Jan 2, 2014 - 12:58PM

    There are so many flaws in the statements of the lawyers that even 15 year old student can twist them in court.Plain lies and cheap drama.

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  • Umair Jamal
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:18PM

    Now his situation will get critical :) and he will fly abroad for treatment and will live happily ever after. We expected a better script from our highly paid agencies. DISAPPOINTED :)

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  • nadeem
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:22PM

    Musharraf is reading “101 tricks to dodge the court”. He still has 99 tricks up his sleeve

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  • sabi
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:22PM

    He is hoping Like Malala many countries will be offering air ambulance for treatment abroad.

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  • sabi
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:26PM

    He disgraced elected prime minister now nature disgracing him with.his own hand.Pride hath a fall.

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  • sabi
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:29PM

    It looks he is very closed to asking for pardon from nation.

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  • Udaya Bose
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:38PM

    Corrupt politicians in India routinely complain of “chest pain” when the law catches up with them. Better was expected of a ‘fearless commando’.

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  • Zaka
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:39PM

    Long live Musharraf. Allah may protect him from all evils.

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  • Munir
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:41PM

    Musharraf is now becoming true politician. Musharraf! the nation needs you.

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  • Nikki
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:47PM

    Making history.

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  • goldconsumer
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:48PM

    NRO ruined Pakistan! Thats the biggest crime if you as me!

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  • polpot
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:55PM

    The Court has to appoint its own Baord of Medicine and
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Musharraf has to be under state security ( whatever that means).

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  • Bol;
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:55PM

    Pakistan Army, its security establishment and agencies have been destroyed Pakistan and Nation for their survival along with the great threat to the world peace and stability. 1971 Pakistan had lost Bangladesh, there before Kashmir, then Afghanistan and now the whole Pakistan is under crisis and destroyed because of Army, security establishment and agencies. They have been using innocent kinds for their agenda since long, using puppets politicians and political parties to be indirectly in power; destabilizing and fake propaganda wars and conflicts with in and outside the boundaries. Army, bureaucracy, security establishment, agencies and their puppets politicians are the vital forces and great threat for Pakistan survival and national honor. There is need for strict law and punishment and monitoring task force to save Pakistan and its national honor and world peace from such multiplier gamblers and worst culprits.

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  • MGAKSA
    Jan 2, 2014 - 1:56PM

    Judges and Nawaz Shariff and his cronies will be responsible, if some thing happen to Mushraff during his way to court.
    Has Army forgotten how to protect their Ex Commander in Chief.?

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  • pk
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:06PM

    Its sheer hypocrisy that our so called media and some too much intellectuals try to find their own meanings in the current scenario. They should be ashamed of themselves. Sources in these very same news channels are showcasing via its sources on news ticker that Musharraf had a heart issue and has been in the ICU and advised rest. Now I can certainly say hospital equipment dont lie. It is the sheer agony Musharraf had to go through thats why his health caused a problem. Arent we a shameful bunch that a person who did everything for this country is made to answer for something which wasnt even unconstitutional. I mean constitutional because back then on Nov 3 2007 according to 17th amendment holding it in abeyance wasnt a part of Article 6, it was added after 18th amendment in 2009/10. Musharraf exercised emergency power after advice of then PM under article 232 and removed the judges accordingly to article 209. Former CJ used the very same 209 to remove judges on 31 July 2009. There is no charge of corruption on Musharraf. This speaks volume of his honesty. I know my comment wont make it due to its pro musharraf nature but Musharraf sahab i wish you well and speedy recovery.

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  • SHAUKAT
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:12PM

    Making nation foolRecommend

  • Partner
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:13PM

    Former President Musharraf may not be tried for subverting the Constitution on October 1999 as the Parliament under Shaukat Aziz had validated this act.

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  • 420
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:26PM

    Great News. He has proved it now. He is having a Heart!!!!

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  • Khan
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:28PM

    this country and this nation is not worthy of leaders like Musharraf, keep dreaming Pakistan

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  • Imran
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:30PM

    Nawaz Sharif will return the favor Musharraf extended to him after 1999 coup

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  • desitor
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:32PM

    @MGAKSA:
    u mean crime should go unpunished?

    if u deny his crimes then ask yourself why is the west and the saudis trying to protect him as they are usually used to selling souls-look at the Palestinians and Kashmiris

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  • Parvez
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:37PM

    A commando has many tricks up his sleeve………but timing is all imporant and this was badly timed.

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  • Zuhair
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:41PM

    Yes right genreal sb

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  • liaqat ali
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:55PM

    I sincerely pray for his early recovery .For himself , his family and for the whole nation. Yes he needs to answer for too much;
    1- Thousands of slodeirs deaths
    un necessarily in Kargil war which he initiated just to saboatge the peace talks with India.
    2- Voilating his grade 22 oath twice.
    3-Being the briber- in – chief i.e. To bring likes of Chaoudhries and Sherpaos to his side and then the biggesst NRO bribe to PPP.
    4-By his non performance ensuring the return of Bhuttos and NS after wasting 9 years.He swore that those two will never eneter politics again .But for him we would have Imran khan or better by now.
    5-Accounting gimmicks instaed of solid industrial or infrastructual developments.
    6-Legalistic gimmicks instaed of truly reforming the hudood and namoos e risalat laws.

    I would any time accpet dictatorship if they make a revolutionary change in the country . But just wasting time and getting along , just like mediocars, then we are OK even with our bad politicians . At least that is the tested system for long term improvement. Please army let it work. Dont listen to the blackmailing and cowardice tactics of Musharraf.
    And again I pray to Allah for his recovery inshallah.

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  • Latif
    Jan 2, 2014 - 2:58PM

    @Partner
    For your information 1999 takeover validated by Shaukat Aziz parliament was invalidated by previous rulers under the 18th amendment. Please have knowledge before commenting.

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  • Zulfiqar
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:12PM

    Dear Mushi,

    Please don’t act like cowards !

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  • polpot
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:13PM

    Why is there no medical Bulletin?
    ++++++++++++++++
    Who are the doctors attending on him?

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  • polpot
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:15PM

    “The board will decide if he should undergo angiography, angioplasty or sent abroad for medical treatment. ”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Let me remind the board that the Commando is on ECL. !!!!!!

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  • polpot
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:17PM

    NS had offered an air ambulance to carry Musharrafs mom …….
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    Now that very air ambulance will carry Musharraf.

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  • polpot
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:20PM

    ““He has been shifted to Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology after he got heart problem,” Mohammad said.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    So the Pakistani tax payer is footing the bill ?

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  • polpot
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:31PM

    After Waar the next Pakistani Blockbuster will be on …….
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    U guessed it right…..Musharraf’s trial and flight.

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  • polpot
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:32PM

    “The heart rate of Musharraf is reportedly not stable and a medical board was constituted to examine his health condition.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    There are very good facilities in Saudi Arabia……NS can vouch for them.

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  • Ali
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:40PM

    Now the prosecutor has started threatening the Musharraf Lawyers. In what capacity is he doing. If you have courage arrest the commando. Your masters have no feet to stand against honest and clean Musharraf.

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  • Kamran Khan
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:48PM

    what a brave commando

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  • ffffff
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:49PM

    Another Deal…?

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  • Kamran Khan
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:49PM

    @AJZ: so he give us more NROs, Kargil defeats etc. wow what a nation

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  • Truther
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:50PM

    Hahahahahahaha…

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  • Ajab Khan Baloch
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:51PM

    He does not stop to amuse me with his antics .

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  • 357
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:51PM

    Subject to resources available, a coronary event is ALWAYS followed by an angiography, and an angioplasty if needed. Otherwise, its just a lie.
    People of Pakistan !!! Wake up!!! This man’s cowardice is an insult to the armed forces of your country. Darta warta naee hoon my foot.

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  • Who cares
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:56PM

    Musaraff want to leave the country under the pretext of treatment, that’s why all this drama.

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  • Kohestani
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:58PM

    Nothing new here. Kamando has a long history of running away from battlefields.

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  • SM
    Jan 2, 2014 - 3:59PM

    What a joke that Musharraf suffers heart problem conveniently on way to court…

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  • Asif Ali Khan
    Jan 2, 2014 - 4:00PM

    Well, if the govt is bent upon biased trial of Musharraf, there is nothing wrong if Musharraf staged this on purpose.You can not let 999 free and try just 1. And we all know those 999 were in Q league, then many switched to Zardari league and now most in Nawaz league – those who always go with the wind.

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  • Sahotra
    Jan 2, 2014 - 4:02PM

    Joke of the year))))

    Let him cringe like a dog for acting like a demigod, for his stubbornness and for making this country a breeding ground of terrorists.Recommend

  • 357
    Jan 2, 2014 - 4:04PM

    Thanks to legal aides like Kasuri, Musharraf’s credibility is discovering new lows . Mr Jinnah, Mr. Gandhi, look what’s happened to your profession!

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  • Kawesh
    Jan 2, 2014 - 4:07PM

    Ch. Allah Daad, Atta ul Haq Qasmi and Irfan Siddiquie………

    All are crying right now!!!!!!

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  • Whome
    Jan 2, 2014 - 4:32PM

    For once in your life be a man and face up to what life throws at you. Shameful coward.

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  • Mehboob Ali
    Jan 2, 2014 - 4:45PM

    Silence majority need Mr.Musharaf, therefore it is necessary to put him away from jackals.

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  • tab
    Jan 2, 2014 - 4:46PM

    Hospital – the hideout of Pakistani generals!

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  • Irtiza
    Jan 2, 2014 - 4:46PM

    God bless you PM and get well soon.

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  • Zif
    Jan 2, 2014 - 4:50PM

    The drama continues… O please don’t we have something else to do? Let him go out and lets concentrate on other issues which are more important than a dictator. Let the chicken fly the coop so that you don’t have to stage star plus dramas!!

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  • alladitta
    Jan 2, 2014 - 4:56PM

    The role of CIA-Mossad-Raw-MI6 is very obvious in the current situation. This morning CIA cook mixed some new chemical agent (poison) in Generals breakfast, the Mossad agent served the Kosher food, MI-6 provided some suspicious oranges as the orange skin was Dutch orange in color instead of Pakisatani green and the RAW fellow served the water raw without the morning mix of GIN.
    The poor General suffers for the country, Commando style.

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  • emmo
    Jan 2, 2014 - 5:02PM

    We all are with you. U r the best leader. we want you to come back and take revenge with all dogs roaming around the country (like Nawaz, zardari, bilwal, Imran,Iftikhar etc…)

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  • sajid
    Jan 2, 2014 - 5:02PM

    @Gulfam:
    He is not afraid but can see clearly that there won’t be any justice given to him so why bother to go to courts. Our entire system is just corrupt.

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  • MGAKSA
    Jan 2, 2014 - 5:07PM

    @liaqat ali:
    @MGAKSA:
    Dear Are you sure that thousands died in Kargil? Check the facts first before writing.
    Nawaz Brothers, PPP nor Imran can help Pakistan. We need honest Person who cannot be blamed for misusing Pakistan’s money on himself, or his party or doing business by exploting poor people of Pakistan. They have promised heaven and earth during election campaign for which they get votes and elected. What they have delivered to Sons and Daughters of Pakistans?
    You may compare Mr. Musharraf’s tenures with Nawaz or PPP tenure, and if you are an honest person, you will be able to see the difference.
    May Allah Help Musharff for early recovery and Give us honest and Allah fearing Leader to lead us.. Ameen

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  • roadkashehzada
    Jan 2, 2014 - 5:13PM

    @Ali:
    dude, the commando was arrested already, and today he staged this drama.
    really embarrassing that this person was army chief and president of our country. zero courage.

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  • Zaid Bhai
    Jan 2, 2014 - 5:13PM

    Hum ek baath very seriously bool rahe hai. Mushraf kho CIA/RAW and Mossad mil ke Zeher pilaya hai that why he is not feeling well. We will make sure that in the weekend DEBATE we will give the final warning to RAW / CIA / MOSSAD for giving the poison to our ex sip-e-salar.

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  • Zif
    Jan 2, 2014 - 5:28PM

    LET HIM GO… lay jain gay, lay jain gay, Saudia walay Musharaf ko lay jain gay…

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  • mrs ahmed
    Jan 2, 2014 - 5:46PM

    Musharraf is an heart ache to all his true supporters , one genuin person among the fakes is ruinen in such a loathsome manner , Mushharraf was the only person among current crop of leaders in the islamic world who could respond to west and india on their own turf and could stand firmly on his ground gaining strength from his tremendous honesty . His one quality that he did not make monies through corruption should have been enough to endear him to all pakistanis , but to my utter despair that pakistanis are happy in filth we have in the name of political leadership .
    I just pray for for him that ALLAH gives him miracleous health and victory against the vultures

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  • kamran
    Jan 2, 2014 - 5:51PM

    May ALLAH ALMIGHTY give him health. Sir, get well soon. Please all those who commented against him should realize this thing that it was he who made pak to stand on his feet. He made Pak get rid off IMF/World bank loans. He was to liberate kashmir through Kargil Conflict. All cases raised against him have proved false already. Now this drama of treason charge will soon be over. Please be a Nation and always remember your heroes in good words. Gen (retd) Musharraf is one among our national heroes. we should atleast hear his speeches that he delivered in India and see how he defended Pak Army and country.

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  • imran ali
    Jan 2, 2014 - 5:54PM

    @liaqat ali..Mushraaf was not responsible for the death of soldiers….. Nawaz shreef stuck a deal with India under the influence of Clinton without agreement of safe passage for Pakistani soldiers

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  • grunt
    Jan 2, 2014 - 5:58PM

    @mrs ahmed:
    I hope he be sent to London as well, as somebody else went ages ago, for mental treatment.

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  • ali ahmed
    Jan 2, 2014 - 5:59PM

    1)Nawaz shareef helped by Saudi
    2)Benazeer and Zardari helped by USA..the famous NRO
    3)Ch Iftikar helped by American in restoration …Geo and other media..no movement succeed without the help of American

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  • F
    Jan 2, 2014 - 6:03PM

    Excellent drama Mushi Shaib. Commando or ?

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  • Anand Kumar
    Jan 2, 2014 - 6:07PM

    People of Pakistan, please be patient,…negotiations are going on in the ICU…Kayani is also present in the disguise of a doctor…..other top Army brass (Mostly non Punjabis) ….Armed forces say they cannot be seen anymore as overriding the judiciary…. they are trying to persuade Mushy…. visa negotiations are going on ……….with Saudi Arabian authorities and UAE authorities…..UK and US govts. also contacted…..China says no…..India says maybe….Saudi military hospital prepares ICU….Mushy says no…….He prefers UAE…says it is more liberal…..please stay tuned for further developments

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  • Neutral
    Jan 2, 2014 - 6:14PM

    @Talking Point:
    It is better if he leaves the country,there is no hope for justice in Pakistan at all as all these goons are after him,

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  • Last Word
    Jan 2, 2014 - 6:16PM

    The polluted atmosphere of Pakistan is not conducive for the General’s health, he should be shifted to a cleaner one like UK at the earliest where his health condition is bound to improve. The Military Hospital should make necessary recommendations to shift Musharraf to a UK hospital which would surely be accepted by both civilian government and courts.

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  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 2, 2014 - 6:19PM

    In these situations Civilian Courts have always shown more sympathy than this so called Martial Race Clan and their Courts.

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  • Gupta
    Jan 2, 2014 - 6:27PM

    @imran ali:
    You are wrong. India insisted that Pakistan take back its dead soldiers but Mushy refused.

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  • Nida Alvi
    Jan 2, 2014 - 6:28PM

    What a courageous commando a.k.a. Billa he is!
    First he resigned from the office of President (August 2008) because he could not face impeachment trial from the Parliament and now he cannot face a fair trial for high treason.
    Hats off to brave politicians (including former president Zardari) for spending all those years in jail without being convicted in a single case.

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  • Gupta
    Jan 2, 2014 - 6:32PM

    @imran ali:
    You are wrong. India insisted that Pakistan take back its dead soldiers but Mushy refused.Recommend

  • Nida Alvi
    Jan 2, 2014 - 6:37PM

    General Musharraf has always been misled by his “Advisors”. The brainless Dictator has done numerous follies (NRO, dismissal of judiciary, subversion of constitution etc etc) on the “advice” of someone else. A brief chronology of recent events makes dictator former dictator Musharraf a laughing stock:
    On 18-04-2013 Musharraf “fled” from Islamabad High Court in a SUV convoy.
    On 23-04-2013 “Explosive-laden car” was found outside Musharraf’s farmhouse in Chak Shehzad.
    On 24-12-2013 “a five-kilo Improvised Explosive Device was found in a briefcase” along the route the former dictator would have taken to reach the court.
    On 30-12-2013 “five packets each containing 0.5kg explosives were found near Musharraf’s farmhouse”.
    On 02-01-2014 “explosives with electronic circuits and remote controls were once again found” on the route scheduled to be taken to court by former dictator Pervez Musharraf on Wednesday.
    The Government has increased the number of Rangers deployed on his security to 1600 (from 1200) on 02-01-2014.
    Then the former Dictator “falls ill” and is taken to the hospital.
    Who pounced, “*mei darta warta kisi se nahi hoon*”?
    Nature has it’s own way of justice… despite the fact that his 18 goons are still making mockery of justice.
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  • Ajab Khan Baloch
    Jan 2, 2014 - 6:39PM

    At times I wonder if there is one law for all in Pakistan.
    It seems there are special laws and considerations for high and mighty,the rich and the powerful and those who wear or wore special attire.

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  • Afridi
    Jan 2, 2014 - 6:41PM

    @Earth on Fire:

    Yeah the doctors confirm he’s lying in the hospital unconsciously, but all you see is drama.

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  • Amir
    Jan 2, 2014 - 6:41PM

    Like “Altaf Hussain” who apparently had similar health issues Musharaf will be transferred abroad and never come back and live happily ever after.

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  • FAROOQ
    Jan 2, 2014 - 6:49PM

    Brave boy, Would have punctured the balloon finally

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  • Sandip
    Jan 2, 2014 - 7:00PM

    If this guy was not an army man, surely he would have been a bollywood actor. What a drama.
    And all of this to avoid appearing before civilian court for a treason trial.

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  • asim
    Jan 2, 2014 - 7:07PM

    If General is punished this process will start for others so there is no chance he will go abroad for treatment

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Jan 2, 2014 - 7:10PM

    @desitor:
    In Pakistan Judges, police, media, anchors, writers et all are in the pocket of govt. You cannot get true justice. If true justice is available then Zardari, Nawaz Sharif and lot of others will be in jail rotting. Musharraf is the best in the present lot of politicians. Musharraf is a not corrupt
    leader. Musharraf cannot fit in this corrupt society of Pakistani nation.

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  • humayun
    Jan 2, 2014 - 7:14PM

    sounds like former pakistan ambasador to US -haqqani drama

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  • Muneer
    Jan 2, 2014 - 7:14PM

    @Nida Alvi: Zardari,’ Billa’, did not appear in an ‘impartial Swiss Court and always sent wrong medical certificates.He did this for years to avoid conviction. What a brave man he is ?.

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  • Jamil
    Jan 2, 2014 - 7:16PM

    The critics from our leaders of two main parties (PMLN & PPPP) are shameful. The looters must look into themselves first and then criticize the one who saved our country. Look at their remarks, they are our future leaders.Recommend

  • NDC
    Jan 2, 2014 - 7:18PM

    One thing is very clear. Musharraf era was far better than PMLN and PPP rules. He an honest person, while we are good to be ruled by incompetent and corrupt rulers.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Jan 2, 2014 - 7:19PM

    I am not really sure what is happening. Is Pakistan creating a Shakespearean type “Comedy of Errors”, or are current events more related to a pithy Mark Twain saying such as “I am not sure if we are run by smart people having us on or stupid people who really mean it”. (not exact quote)

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  • observer
    Jan 2, 2014 - 7:41PM

    One more drama, what ever happened to all the cases of last sixty six years, the memogate case, Zardari’s sixty million dollar case, Benazir’s murder case, Zia-ul-Haq case, Kargill case, the list is endless, we never learn. Is the Pakistani nation, its leaders, lawyers, judges, prosecutors, bereft of grey matter, how much time has been consumed ?, how much expenses incurred ?, has anyone calculated? Never have, never will. Pakistan is out to prove over and over again that it is a failed state and will be for a very long time to come.

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  • saeed
    Jan 2, 2014 - 7:48PM

    Good work Musharraf’s team. This government deserve these tactics.

    Now Musharraf is transforming into a politician.

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  • rohit950723
    Jan 2, 2014 - 8:04PM

    @Omar.. great humor dude.. I don’t visit US/UK papers regularly.. but I visit tribune.com.pk regularly.. as it provides lot of masala…

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  • Sunil Kumar
    Jan 2, 2014 - 8:04PM

    People of Pakistan, please be patient,…negotiations are going on in the ICU…Kayani is also present in the disguise of a doctor…..other top Army brass (Mostly non Punjabis) ….Armed forces say they cannot be seen anymore as overriding the judiciary…. they are trying to persuade Mushy…. visa negotiations are going on ……….with Saudi Arabian authorities and UAE authorities…..UK and US govts. also contacted…..China says no…..India says maybe….Saudi military hospital prepares ICU….Mushy says no…….He prefers UAE…says it is more liberal…..please stay tuned for further developments

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  • KHALID
    Jan 2, 2014 - 8:24PM

    What a brave commando

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  • Malik
    Jan 2, 2014 - 8:54PM

    Get well soon Sir :) your the best among all of them.

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jan 2, 2014 - 8:55PM

    “Decision to treat him in Pakistan or abroad will be taken by the medical board after diagnosis.” I could have believed his sickness but when this statement was given then the whole thing seems to be a ploy. It is so sad that laws of the land are being trampled by the ruling elite. Pakistanis will never be free and always will be subservient to the Elite and foreign powers. There is no shortage of greed and treachery in Pakistan. 99% of the citizens of Pakistan get their medical treatment in Pakistan but there are few who goes abroad for medical treatment when they even sneeze. I say the court should order a civilian team of cardiologist and Pakistan has some very competent ones, to examine him and then report to the court. First it was explosives left here and there under the guise of security services and this drama.

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  • Betel-Q8
    Jan 2, 2014 - 8:57PM

    It shows yet again as to who really rules.

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  • asim
    Jan 2, 2014 - 8:59PM

    Judges seems still afraid from the uniform power

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jan 2, 2014 - 8:59PM

    @Udaya Bose: LOL, a good one.

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  • zohaib
    Jan 2, 2014 - 9:06PM

    Dear bilawal bhutto u have no heart to pass one day in SSG training. Musharraf commando fought 3 wars leading from the front on battle ground. Treason trial is nothing but a drama by the biased judiciary. Musharraf came back to Pakistan on his own risk to save the country from looters and insha Allah he will succeedRecommend

  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jan 2, 2014 - 9:16PM

    @Anand Kumar:
    this scenario is good one.

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  • polpot
    Jan 2, 2014 - 9:26PM

    The BBC noted that a Polyclinic was about 5 minutes away but the Commando was
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    taken to the Armed Forces Medical Facility that was about 25 minutes away.
    Hmmmm.!

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  • polpot
    Jan 2, 2014 - 9:42PM

    If you had to travel in a car that was known to not to be bomb proof
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    you would also suffer a heart attack.

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  • polpot
    Jan 2, 2014 - 9:51PM

    Where is Chaudhury Nssar when u need him to clarify the sistuation?
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    Taking shelter under silence.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jan 2, 2014 - 9:53PM

    Are we watching the finale or the prelude to somewhat sinister finale; one thing is certain, the Talibans are finaly having a period of rest! The people of Pakistan are known more or less as highly emotional and generous with passion; they are ready to believe in any story as long as it is wrapped in mystery and adventure. There are many fairy tales which the media prints to exercise its freedom of expression without the constraints of investigations or certificationas including the one of Bill Laden killing in Abbotabad. It is time that people regard the former General Musharaf as a normal human with a mortal who has lost touch with the reality. He genuinely needs medical help and not a defense council who urged him to return to Pakistan. He is a military man trained for combat in battle, not accustomed to laws of civilisation.

    Rex Minor

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  • polpot
    Jan 2, 2014 - 10:01PM

    The General’s diagnosis is out……
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    His heart misses a beat when you mention ‘Court ‘.

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  • polpot
    Jan 2, 2014 - 10:03PM

    “An aide to Musharraf, who is facing a series of criminal cases dating back to his 1999-2008 rule, told AFP the retired general was in “bad shape.””
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    He meant legal shape.

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  • polpot
    Jan 2, 2014 - 10:08PM

    Meetings Running simulatneously….
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    Musharrafs medical Board
    NS and his cabinet
    The Core Commanders of the Army.
    What an explosive mix!

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  • polpot
    Jan 2, 2014 - 10:10PM

    Soon the General will be out of the ICU
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    And the Judge in.

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Jan 2, 2014 - 10:19PM

    Although Nawaz Sharif has shown magnamity of heart and pardoned Musharraf for his rebellion & humiliation of his family members on 12th October 1999, yet the nature is doing justice to the dictator!

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  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Jan 2, 2014 - 10:30PM

    It is strange that when ever I write something about this coward General, ET refuses to publish it. I am not abusive but call spade a spade. It seems to me that there is some one in ET who is more ethnically inclined towards this General and disregard the constitution and laws of the land. Myopic people and their myopic thinking should not be in any position to impose censorship on others as long as people are not abusive in any form while writing comments.

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  • Rex Minor
    Jan 2, 2014 - 10:33PM

    @Sunil Kumar:
    Do not try to make the mickey from the episode; the formera General has a human soul! This can happen to any accused who is from the military!! This is the very reason why the American administration is insisting on holding military trials for their military personnel whereas Mr Karzai wants the accused being tried in Afghan courts.

    Rex Minor

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  • ishrat salim
    Jan 2, 2014 - 10:38PM

    @Latif:

    1999 coup was given legal cover & immunity vide 17th amendment, thus giving immunity to all those who supported it including PCO judges including ex CJ who had legalized it.1999 coup and putting the constitution in abeyance and dissolving Parliament and civilian govt under PML N govt was a more serious act than Nov 2007…..you try to understand and read between the lines….this was all done in cohort between PPP & PML N parties to save those especially the judges….even Ch Shujat has accepted it that all those who supported it must face the law too….greatness on part of Ch Shujat.

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  • Ahmed Ali Khan
    Jan 2, 2014 - 10:43PM

    @Gulfam:

    Not you are not right! If he is coward or something he would not come by himself to face the court. It hurts very much if someone think that he is honest and ppl will blame him all sorts of rubbish. Remember that he is from the Pak Army who is a very disciplined organisation. Our politicians can play the tricks but he is not a politician as he is an honest leader.

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  • Leela
    Jan 2, 2014 - 10:56PM

    The General’s swagger has always been bluster. Same was true for most of his predecessors. If he were truly brave, he would have faced the trial like a man.

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  • Asif
    Jan 2, 2014 - 10:58PM

    “commando” acting like a chicken.

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  • Dr.A.K.Tewari
    Jan 2, 2014 - 11:48PM

    Now he is in the lap of army . He will be saved from vultures since army knows better that in what circumstances he came forward to save the nation from terrorists . NO ONE CAN TOUCH HIM !!

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  • Iftikhar
    Jan 3, 2014 - 2:48AM

    May Allah give him my life. Ameen

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  • Aam Aadmi
    Jan 3, 2014 - 7:44AM

    The comments from a large majority of educated bloggers reminds us the re-play of year 2007, when the former Dictator had dismissed the judiciary, installed PCO judges, blacked out the media, imposed curbs on the freedom of speech, jailed 60 judges along with their families and subverted the Constitution just to prolong his Dictatorship.
    The entire Civil Society joined the Lawyers Movement and the media and all the political parties including PPP, PMLN, PTI, ANP, JI, BNP & JSQM supported the Movement to overthrow the Dictator.
    The time has come for the dictator to stand in trial and repay for all his misdeeds.

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  • Munir
    Jan 3, 2014 - 8:04AM

    Musharraf the best leader Pakistan ever had.

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  • Sexton Blake
    Jan 3, 2014 - 10:55AM

    @Munir:
    Musharraf embroiled Pakistan in a 13 year war, and is responsible for most of Pakistan’s current problems, particularly on the financial and military levels.

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  • Umair
    Jan 3, 2014 - 11:31AM

    Wow, Smart move by Musharraf and his aides. And all the people who are trolling here against Musharraf don’t know the difference between bravery and stupidity!

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  • observer
    Jan 3, 2014 - 4:14PM

    This is how tax payers money is wasted by successive governments. Instead of spending on building schools, hospitals, etc, governments in Pakistan spend on cases which will have no bearing on the betterment of the people. We should still be in the jungle.

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  • amin
    Jan 3, 2014 - 7:24PM

    media in pakistan has freedom because of musharaf and now all media are almost against him.the Geo channel people particularly hamid mir and kamran khan have shamed the word journalim. they r shame on the tv screens.Further pakistan has a history of not honoring their X-leaders.the case of Musharraf is also evident. their leaders are usually killed and if they remain alive then for rest of the time they are humiliated…….. nawaz sharief or zardari dont fall in the catagory as they are neither leaders nor politicians…

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  • Muslim Leaguer
    Jan 4, 2014 - 2:35AM

    @ naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Brother, you are not alone! I also have this complaint against the Pro-Mush moderators of ET.
    As you might have noticed, even I have curtailed my comments because of this biased approach of some individuals bringing bad name to the entire institution.
    ET needs to remain impartial rather than protecting someone against whom the constitutional clause is being invoked in the Court of law.

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