Whether you term it as a slip of tongue or simply unintentional, it seems that President Zardari has revealed the cards which until now he has kept quite close to himself. During an informal chat with journalist and in an informal way, he has quite clearly admitted that Musharraf case cannot be tried under article 6 as he was given assurances before his departure from the top office.
This was a million dollar question for all the stake holders of Pakistan’s politics, as they were unable to figure out why the government was reluctant to take a legitimate step like this. But this revelation will not stop short here, and as one can see the opposition has straight away pointed its guns toward the presidency, and to much extent it is right too. We are talking about the time where Mr. Zardari had not assumed the top office, and he was acting only as the chairperson of PPP. His current office does allow him to pardon (even then it should be worth that) but not during that time. Secondly, he cannot be the guarantor as he or his party was not the victims. It was the 180million people of Pakistan to whom General Musharraf was and is an accused, and only they can decide his fate either through a referendum or a popular will.
So in this case one is left guessing where the power of our leadership lies, is it the masses or the foreign guarantors whom we see in action every alternate day. But what to complain when our PM, the leader of the sovereign parliament of Pakistan, can be heard saying that he will only do what is “doable”, or in other term he is also subjected to the will of some outside forces. If things continue the way they are and one after another we are mislead by lies, false commitments and vice versa in the name of so called democracy, who is going to believe them any way?
Anyways for the time being it’s the denial time, for what has been revealed accidentally but of course this time around the listeners were very credible indeed. How can they justify that first Mush can forgive them and they are allowed back into the playing field with no previous cases to fear for and later they can forgive him and bid him farewell with an assurance that he must not fear from any future cases? Indeed this is what you term as reconciliation!
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