Intense secret talks between the ruling coalition and President Musharraf are seemingly have come to a breakthrough where President Pervez Musharraf is expected to leave office in the next few days just before the Parliament takes up the impeachment proceedings against him. At present they are reportedly under intense discussion (48hrs) whether he will choose to live within Pakistan with full impunity or escape to greener pastures abroad though it seems they might be willing to offer him a deal with a seemingly safe passage out of the country.
“Musharraf will neither face impeachment nor be prosecuted,” one person said. Mr. Musharraf is expected to step down once a guarantee of safe passage and immunity from prosecution has been struck. “We expect a major development in the next 48 hours,” – WSJ
“The president will neither be impeached nor prosecuted on any charges. He will try and stay in Pakistan,” the paper quoted the official as saying. – Reuters
While Moin Ansari speculates whether Musharraf will choose Saudi Arabia or Turkey as his next destination, with Turkey the most likely and favorable destination since Musharraf spent his childhood in Turkey, and speaks the language and loves the country. Since he also speculates that Washington would prefer not to host his exile, as it would look bad politically, it would, if he has nowhere else to go
If Mr. Musharraf leaves office, it will remove one major political sticking point in the ruling coalition. But it is unclear who would replace him and whether the government could then move forward to tackle the country’s growing problems. So in all likelihood the nine year dynasty is about to close and reins of power will soon be handed over to the unelected duo of Zardari & his subliminal partner Nawaz Sharif to try and hash out their own difference and hopefully work towards taking Pakistan out of this mess.
The question naturally a person like me must ask, should he be allowed to go Scott free considering the mess he has led Pakistan into in the past nine years which includes numerous human rights issues, ransacking the constitution, the judicial chaos and lets not forget the NRO granting crooks back into our country – whatever happened to the Pakistan First mentality or the Enlightened Moderation he used to drum into our heads, where has all the patriotic spirit gone to now get up and leave Pakistan in probably a worse off situation then when he came into power back in 1999. Its safe to say we wasted nine years with him around. Like all politicians he is now no different, simply gets up to walk away leaving the country far worse then before and in Musharrafs case he had ample opportunity to do it, and did not
What is your take on this issue? Should we let him go without being held accountable for his misadventures