He doesn't waste time

In a recent interview with the BBC, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari said he is not interested in trial of the former President Gen. (R) Pervez Musharraf as it would be a waste of time. He also mentioned that by doing so he might lose the ANP and some other coalition partners. The argument put forth does not seem to jell. The former president had done a lot of breaches of constitution (extra-constitutional measures) at various times and he must be held accountable for them. If Mr. Zardari really put Musharraf on trial, he will prove himself to be the most effective and influential leader in the history of Pakistan. If he is able to do so, no adventurer from the armed forces will ever think of derailing democracy again. Mr. Zardari should be courageous enough to set a positive precedent. He should not think of it as a waste of time, rather a service to the nation. By holding a trial of Musharraf, the PPP will also get back the support of PML-N and will have a stronger coalition government. -MUBASHER JAMIL, Rawalpindi, via e-mail, August 29.

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