Although it is but natural for the Supreme Court to question the passive role that the PPP and the PML-N have adopted regarding initiating cases against General Musharraf, this should give them sleepless nights.

People are perturbed as well; they must be thinking now that he is right here in the country what stops anyone from taking him to the court. Besides, the parties’ reluctance is giving birth to new rumours that could impact democracy and the evolving political culture in Pakistan. As the court rightly observed, it cannot do ‘everything’ itself. The silence of these two major parties is quite surprising. After all, they kept giving the excuse that since the general was out of the country, different cases where his presence was needed could not be initiated. In making that observation, the Supreme Court also seems conscious of the fact that this time around, it should wait for some aggrieved party to initiate proceedings, mainly because, it is facing a tremendous backlog of cases. The other reason could be that the judiciary has been oftentimes obliged to step into the domain of the executive to make up for its sluggishness. The PML-N is opposed to Musharraf and so is the PPP whose leaders make no bones that he is their enemy number one. However their reluctance to put him on trial would reflect that their criticism was a sham.