Gen­eral in Trou­ble

India Today - - MAIL -

With a host of crim­i­nal charges against Pervez Mushar­raf— in­clud­ing the charges of as­sas­si­na­tion of for­mer prime min­is­ter Be­nazir Bhutto and Baloch leader Ak­bar Bugti, the Lal Masjid killings and abro­ga­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion twice— his de­ci­sion to re­turn from a four- year self- im­posed ex­ile is prov­ing to be sui­ci­dal (“De­cline and Fall of the Gen­eral”, Septem­ber 2). The pos­si­bil­ity of him hav­ing walked into a trap set up by his ad­ver­saries can­not be ruled out as well. Nev­er­the­less, as he is be­ing han­dled with kid gloves and lives in com­fort in his farm­house, it is very ev­i­dent that he is en­joy­ing the pa­tron­age of an em­bar­rassed but all- pow­er­ful army, which con­tin­ues to su­per­sede the civil­ian govern­ment in the coun­try.

NALINI VI­JA­YARAGHA­VAN, Thiruvananthapuram

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