With the return of Pervez Musharraf in Pakistan, the worst nightmares of the country's Army are now beginning to come true, an editorial in a Pakistani daily has said.
The former president and military dictator returned to the country after four years of self-imposed exile in London and Dubai, with an aim to contest the May 11 polls.
The APML chief has five petitions filed against him before the Supreme Court over treason charges under Article 6 because of the imposition of emergency in November 2007.
Musharraf's counsel Ahmad Raza Kasuri said the petitions are a conspiracy to keep his client away from participation in the elections. He further argued that 'others', including incumbent Army Chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani were also part of the promulgation of the Provisional Constitutional Order (PCO) regarding the emergency, and therefore should also be summoned.
Kasuri said the exposure of many 'bigwigs' from behind the curtain would open a Pandora's box.
According to the editorial in the Daily Times, one can now clearly understand why the military establishment pressed Musharraf not to return to the country to participate in the elections after a four-year self-imposed exile.
First and foremost that feared embarrassment if, as has now come to pass, Musharraf's enemies decided to take him on. Now inevitably, and even at the hands of the defence counsel, the military top brass faces being embarrassed and made controversial by being dragged into the case at this crucial juncture on the eve of the elections, the editorial said.
Whatever else he may or may not be, Musharraf after all is still an ex-Army Chief, and the army would not like to see their former chief humiliated or dragged over the coals, it added.
The country is now waits with bated breath to see the outcome of this historic first, where a military coup-maker - 1999 and 2007 - would be held to accountability for his violation (2007) of the constitution, the editorial concluded. (ANI)