Tuesday, December 04, 2007
All-powerful president
I saw Pervez Musharraf on TV wiping tears at the change of command ceremony at the General Headquarters. At that time, I was about to cry too. I felt sorry for this brilliant man who had made mistakes. I thought about the men who were "disappeared" and the loot and plunder that became commonplace during the years he was the most powerful man of this country. I felt sad to recall that many people got windfall profits by hoarding sugar and wheat during his reign. I almost wept while thinking about the way our honourable judges were treated after the proclamation of emergency. I thought about the family members of those who were picked up by the "state agencies" and the agony and anguish they underwent until the time they came to know about their loved ones' whereabouts through the intervention of the Supreme Court.Would the situation have been different if Pervez Musharraf had spent an hour every day in reading national newspapers while still in uniform? Had he done it, he wouldn't have humiliated the judges of the apex court. Future generations will refer to him as just another politician who lived in the times of Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry and Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan.
Shakir Lakhani