Dragging Army in political, judicial issues
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.