Pakistan may try Musharraf for treason for subverting constitution

Former Pakistan ruler Pervez Musharraf, who returned form self-imposed exile in March of this year, has been detained and may be tried for high treason. According to a story in the Washington Post,

If a special judicial panel agrees to proceed, it will mark the first time that Pakistan has tried someone on charges of high treason, defined as conspiring to “abrogate or subvert or suspend” the country’s constitution.

But the decision by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government could fuel new discord in the country, where some residents still look back at Musharraf’s tenure as one of relative security and economic stability.

In addition, there are those who believe this action could increase a political divide in Pakistan that is currently experiencing sectarian violence. One of the “crimes” of which Musharraf has been accused was the military attack against a mosque that harbored Islamic jihadists — something that I would agree with. The punishment for Musharraf, if found guilty, would be the death penalty.

Musharraf was an ally, of sorts, for the US after the 9-11 attacks and came to power in a 1999 military coup. There is one thing for certain: strength evokes stability in these Islamic countries, especially where Islamists elements exist. Egypt is a good example. And we will never forgive Jimmy Carter for not supporting the Shah of Iran, since his downfall gave us the Ayatollahs.

It will be interesting to hear the “official” response from the White House or State Department on this issue. And I obviously know what some of you are thinking…

17 COMMENTS

  1. Just forget about color and insist on character, then we could get on with doing the right thing for this country and the ones subverting our constitution

  2. Propping up the Shah in the first place was arguably a mistake, as was doing the same for Samoza in Nicaragua, etc. Their enduring corruption set the pendulum up to swing too far the other way. Had their integrity been higher this would not have been the case, and they would not have endured to be able to create the level of hostility they did without us propping them up. Perhaps we supported the Shah too long rather than not long enough? Carter was a dismal failure, true, but were not the previous administrations also complicit? But Musharraf was different. He never sought the office, he was pulled into it. He was out of country when the coup occurred and not part of it. And while he was not perfect, he was arguably the best Pakistan has had in ages. He sought the best for his people. Friends who were there before, during, & after his tenure tell me this…. Bottom line is integrity matters no matter where you are on the planet or what language you speak. Not that everyone will always appreciate integrity even if all will probably benefit from it.

  3. They will probably do the same thing that our WH does: If you are part of the problem, then you get a transfer – if you are the problem, you get a promotion.

  4. Given Pakistan is plagued with Islam/ Islamic law and has fought hard to expunge it from it’s modern yearnings in it’s economic centers, Musharraf would be viewed as a freedom fighter by our standards. The true colors of our administration will again be revealed by either silence on his behalf or some ridiculous statement about the rule of law being upheld in response to prosecuting him. This is a clear cut case of political Islam v escape to a republican form of government.

    • If he does, no doubt it will be along the lines of how democratically elected leaders are morally and legally bound to uphold their nations’ constitutions, and of course Pakistan is justified in taking these steps. He’s always about the speck in another’s eye, completely oblivious to that Sequoia in his own.

  5. The Shah of Iran was installed after the CIA overthrew a democratically elected leader in the name of oil interests. He was a brutal dictator that killed thousands. So you wont forgive Jimmy Carter for not supporting a brutal dictator. Hmmm.

  6. Obama has done more damage than Musharraf ever did. The only thing is, in Pakistan they are going to do something about it. Here we are a bunch of weak lemmings and are afraid to push our legislators to get rid of Obama.

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