Drag­ging Army in po­lit­i­cal, ju­di­cial is­sues

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per the cul­ture, evolved dur­ing the last few decades, of drag­ging the Army into po­lit­i­cal and ju­di­cial mat­ters, for­mer Pres­i­dent Gen­eral Pervez Mushar­raf too seems to be try­ing to in­volve the in­sti­tu­tion of the Army into a con­tro­versy that surely re­volves around his per­son. In a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view broad­cast on Sun­day, he claimed that the trea­son case against him was a ven­detta and that he had the back­ing of the Army in the case.

The for­mer Pres­i­dent, em­broiled in a tricky sit­u­a­tion, has ev­ery right to shoot all the ar­rows he has in his bow to de­fend him­self but the neg­a­tive trend of drag­ging the Army in po­lit­i­cal and ju­di­cial mat­ters should come to an end now. This is be­cause Pak­istan Army is a pro­fes­sional and non-po­lit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion ded­i­cated to the cause of de­fence of the moth­er­land and the at­tempts to draw it into such con­tro­ver­sies is not good for its en­vi­able sta­tus and im­age. To be­gin with, it would have been pru­dent on the part of the PML-N Gov­ern­ment to have pur­sued the pol­icy of for­get and for­give in the Mushar­raf case but it seems it has be­come a pri­or­ity with the Gov­ern­ment. For­mer Pres­i­dent Zar­dari too, for his own rea­sons, is ap­par­ently push­ing PML-N to move speed­ily to take the case to the log­i­cal con­clu­sion. As per tra­di­tion, Army would not feel com­fort­able if its for­mer chief is awarded pun­ish­ment in the first case of its kind in the his­tory of the coun­try. There­fore, we would urge all con­cerned to give sec­ond thought to the is­sue and find an am­i­ca­ble way out.

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