General in Trouble
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