I have always been a supporter of democracy, imperfect as it is, over all forms of dictatorship and tyranny, whether ‘benevolent dictators‘ or hypocritical Kings supposedly custodians of holy places.
One reason Pakistan has always been overrun by its own military was that there were never any consequences to the military people who broke the constitution.
As in every society, sycophants will crawl at the feet of whoever has power, regardless of how evil or how illegal the dictator may be.
The worst cancer of religious intolerance, extremism and terrorism was injected into Pakistani society more than 30 years ago by the vile General Zia, who turned Islam into a weapon against democracy and moderation.
It was with a sense of hope that I read this news item today. Former #Pakistan Dictator Pervez Musharraf indicted on Treason!
General Musharaff was not bad as far as dictators go, and even did a few good things. Of course, he let power go to his head and paid the price. Even after being ousted he was delusional enough to return to Pakistan expecting to win back power.
I do not wish to see him condemned to death or anything that would be too extreme.
But, may this be a good start to the concept of “actions have consequences” and “no one is above the law” that Pakistan has long needed.
More than teaching Musharaff a lesson, I hope this teaches all politicians, and military people, that Pakistanis have awakened, the rule of law is getting established in the echelons of power, and that in time Pakistan can be a strong, stable, moderate democracy and a regional power of good. Amen.