Islamabad, March 31, 2014
Pervez Musharraf was indicted on March 31 by a special court in Islamabad. The former president is accused of subverting the Constitution on Nov. 3, 2007, when he imposed a state of emergency and sacked, and detained, some 60 judges. He pleaded not guilty: “I have been chief of Army staff for nine years and I have served this Army for 45 years. I have fought two wars and it is ‘treason’? … I am not a traitor. For me traitors are those who loot public money and empty the treasury.” Perhaps given Musharraf’s age and his mother’s taking ill in Dubai, some old enemies seem to have softened. Maulana Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid said if Musharraf sought forgiveness from the nation, he should be pardoned and allowed his peace. That appears unlikely. Other enemies, those who suffered at the hands of the Army and who are now in power, remain unmoved. The saga that’s got the nation guessing about the endgame is not without irony. While Musharraf is being tried for suspending the Constitution, some analysts have noted, Islamabad is in peace talks with those who don’t even believe in it.
From our April 12, 2014, issue.