There is a lot of talk nowadays about whether Musharraf should be given a safe exit and allowed to leave the country, or being tried for his blatant violations of the law. The Sharif brothers want that he should be made to pay for his crimes, while Asif Zardari (for obvious reasons) thinks that he should be pardoned. Although it doesn’t seem likely that Musharraf will be tried, there is much merit in the argument that he should have to account for all his actions which resulted in so much chaos in the country. For one thing, we’ll get to hear why he ordered the razing of the Lal Masjid and killing all those who were inside it. He should be made to explain why he allowed the killing of many innocent Pakistanis on 12th May 2007 in Karachi. But the biggest advantage in having an open trial of Musharraf is that it will be a signal to our feudals that they too can be held accountable for their crimes. No longer will it be possible for them to allot land to their favourites, nor will they be allowed to build plazas on land meant for parks. And that will change the face of Pakistan, and we’ll be proud to call ourselves Pakistanis.