Wednesday, September 04, 2013 - YET another case has been registered against former President Pervez Musharraf in connection with the Lal Masjid operation and the killings there. The FIR was registered on the orders of Islamabad High Court.
It is the latest in a series of charges dating back to Musharraf’s 1999-2008 rule, which the retired General has been facing since March this year when he opted to return to Pakistan from self-imposed exile. The former President is already booked on charges of involvement in the murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, Nawab Akbar Bugti, high treason for subverting the Constitution and Judges detention cases and who knows there may be others in the pipeline against him. These cases against the former President and Retired Army Chief, we believe, are bound to open a Pandora’s box because he was Head of State and one cannot imagine that he would have ordered the murder of people for which he has been charged. Such actions are taken by officials dealing with law and order and it looks rather odd that at a time when Pakistan is facing a number of crucial issues including militancy, internal instability, tattering economy and border security, perhaps a distracting phenomenon is being created. It is a dilemma that no body is questioned when he is at the helm of affairs but when he is ousted all sorts of charges are levelled against him. People start filing petitions about one act or the other of the former ruler, either to get justice or to gain publicity in a high profile case. Isn’t it the duty of a Government in office to protect the sovereignty of the state, provide security to the people, enforce writ of the government, maintain law and order and counter any mischievous attempt to create a state within state. Now as the economic hub of the country, Karachi is burning and there is an alarming situation of failing law and order in the city where pockets of states within state have been created, is it advisable for the Government stay idle and do nothing? And if the Government decides to launch an operation, to establish the writ of law, and some people are killed in the cross-fire, will there be any justification to file cases against the government functionaries and commanders managing operation to put the things in order?