In an amazingly sensible statement, which is so rare in Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif made a very workable and reasonable offer to President Pervez Musharraf. He was addressing to different public meetings across the country, when he said that if Musharraf agreed to reinstate the suspended judges, only then he was ready to forget the bitter past and then he would be ready to go ahead.
He hastened to add that if Musharraf didn’t restored the honorable judges then it’s impossible to not to boycott the elections 2008. He pledged again to fight for the restoration of constitution, judges and the human rights in the country. Whereas Benazir has said that constitution is more important than the judges, and restoration of constitution shouldn’t be delayed whereas judges can be dealt with latter on. Fazlur Rehman wants to shun everything rightful and lawful.
After the announcement of election schedule and the oath ceremony of His Highness, it was expected that Musharraf would go ahead and lift emergency at once, and would also start a nationwide reconciliatory campaign, but then in parallel everyone knew that its just a fool’s paradise.
It’s a very golden chance for Musharraf to save the face. It really is and its perhaps the final one for the retired generalissimo. If he just reinstates the judges and also through backdoor channels mend ways with them somehow, and thus render his opposition speechless and excuseless, then it would be a big feat for him. But the thing is that the Lota League wouldn’t allow him to do so in any case. The biggest beneficiaries of the election boycott are the Quisling League.
If Musharraf opens up his heart and embrace his arch rival Nawaz Sharif then it would be an astounding step, and a leap towards the moon. Its highly unlikely and its also more difficult in the situation where US is trying to install Benazir as the Prime Minister, but who knows?