Di­ver­sion­ary tac­tics

Southasia - - EDITOR’S MAIL -

SouthAsia’s cover story on Mushar­raf was a good ef­fort. The ar­ti­cle I liked the most was ‘Trial and Tur­bu­lence’. While it was a good anal­y­sis of the en­tire case, it can also be said that the piece rep­re­sented the point of view of, or the preva­lent think­ing in, the armed forces of Pak­istan. Clichéd as it may sound, the fact is that Pak­istan is pass­ing through a crit­i­cal phase. The armed forces of the coun­try are en­gaged in an un­con­ven­tional war against a face­less en­emy. Our soldiers are sac­ri­fic­ing their lives on the bat­tle­field. Their con­voys are be­ing tar­geted by the mil­i­tants and their bases at­tacked.

In such a sit­u­a­tion, what we need to do as a na­tion is boost their morale by stand­ing with them. We must show them with our words and ac­tions that they have our full sup­port and sym­pa­thy. What we do not need to do is try their for­mer chief in a civil­ian court in a most hu­mil­i­at­ing man­ner. If a trial is nec­es­sary, let it be con­ducted by a mil­i­tary court. But I think the wise thing to do, con­sid­er­ing the coun­try’s present sit­u­a­tion, is to leave Mushar­raf alone and fo­cus on the war against ter­ror­ists.

Hadi Ali

Is­lam­abad, Pak­istan

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