All of Pakistan has been waiting with bated breath for the last three or four days to see what will be the fate of former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf who is finally facing trial for high treason before the Supreme Court.
Musharraf, who ruled the country with an iron hand and callous disdain for nine years, suddenly felt the urgency to go to an army-run cardiology care hospital after he left his huge palatial farm house where he has been residing under house arrest to appear before the court. Musharraf has been ignoring the court summons for quite some time until the court last week issued final summons in which failing oblige could have meant jail time.
A history of deviance
The mysterious silence from the public relations department over the issue of Musharraf so far has created more doubts about the army than removing them. The question is if Musharraf has succeeded in slipping away from the clutches of law and the state. Only the army can give the answer.Mansoor Jafar
Suffering from a ‘mysterious’ cardiac problem right when he was going to face the court under final summons raised suspicions. Going straight to a cardiac hospital run directly by the Army, complemented those suspicions. A number of specialized cardiac hospitals and hospital complexes catering to the affluent were situated very close to his farm house. But Musharraf’s security convoy went straight to Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) situated a long distance away.