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.